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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!

Therapeutic Massage: Why Should You Get Them?

Having a therapeutic massage is absolutely one of the best ways to take care of yourself. I admit that I am biased since I was a massage therapist for 32 years, and back rubs were also a favorite activity in my house growing up. A back rub could cure most anything it seemed. I carried through with the tradition with my own sons. I firmly believe that having a therapeutic massage as often as you can will help you feel better in so many areas of your life.

Maybe for some of you this is a foreign idea. Maybe you feel you can’t afford it or having a stranger touch your body seems out of the question. I encourage you to at least entertain the thought. Once you have moved past your limiting thoughts and experienced your first massage, you will wonder why you waited so long.

There are so many types of bodywork these days and many of them do not require you to remove your clothes. This might make it easier for you to make that first appointment. It is also possible to ask the therapist to just work on your head, neck, hands, and feet. I often did this for my clients, and any good therapist can do this. Many bodyworkers will give you a short session as an introduction to their type of work. A shorter session may also help with your pocketbook.

What are some things a good massage can do for you?

  1. Helps with aches and pains by increasing circulation which helps hydrate and warm a painful area.

  2. Lowers blood pressure

  3. Helps stabilize blood sugar. Massage is great for people with diabetes.

  4. Creates a general feeling of well-being, and lifts your mood.

  5. Calms anxiety and helps with sleep

  6. It is a better reward for yourself than food. There is no guilt associated with this reward.

  7. Helps with achy muscles caused by tension or exercising.

  8. Helps remove congestion in your head from a cold or allergies. 

I could go on and on about the benefits of massage. There are some insurance plans now that will cover it. It is worth asking about. The holidays are coming up and it is a great gift to ask for or give to your favorite people. You can also give a massage yourself to people you care about. Try it and enjoy feeling good. 

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be getting a massage on Black Friday, not shopping.

Good health to you,
Mel

 

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