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Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

That Scary Feeling!

Have you ever encountered a staircase with no rails and felt that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach? Or what about very rough ground that made it hard to get a solid foothold? Something like this happened to me recently when I found myself needing to cross a fairly narrow bridge with water on both sides and there was nothing to hold on to. I had my cane to mark the edge but it freaked me out all the same.

These situations are likely to happen to all of us eventually, but we can help ourselves feel more confident by doing just a little practice every day.

The discounted program this month is Flirting with balance. It is the second of The Balance Series. It is a good idea to already feel strength in your lower body which is what is addressed in Strengthen for balance, but you can jump straight to Flirting with balance if you feel impatient.

In Flirting with balance we address posture, body awareness, and learn exercises that will increase your balance. You can learn the exercises and then spread them out over your day. I like to do them when brushing my teeth or waiting for water to boil. There are so many moments in a day to practice balance. Nothing is required but a sense of humor and something to steady you like a counter top or chair. It is important to remember that when attempting to improve balance, we will inevitably teeter and wobble on our foundation. There is nothing to do here but laugh with yourself. Laugh and start again. You will get better. 

Flirting with balance is less than half off this month on the website and in the Eyes-Free Fitness® App.  

Also, the most recent Eyes-Free Fitness® podcast is a bit different from our usual format. Jamie Pauls and Joe Steinkamp discuss body image from the perspective of men. I decided this was the territory of men and that I best stay quiet.

Many people in the blind community do not know about BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness®. They do not know that there are accessible exercise programs designed just for them. Feel free to share this information. We are on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

May you have a wonderful month full of balance and delight.


Good health to you,
Mel

 

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