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!

The Big Top Ten

This is Lisa writing to you today, and I just wanted to take a moment before getting into the heart of this week’s post. I’ve been blogging for BlindAlive roughly every other week since December of 2014. It has been my privilege to share stories, suggestions, and information with you. I have been the beneficiary of many of your kind words, and I wanted to express both my appreciation, and my hope that our paths will cross often.

Mel will be bringing you the last blog post, at least for now. This is an excellent time to reflect on the blog and to have some fun. For the past few years, we have brought you the top ten posts from that calendar year. However, this year, we are bringing you the top ten posts of all time.

What struck me is that there’s a recurring theme that runs through all the posts, and that is the quest for knowledge by our readers.

More of you read about Exercise Programs for People with Glaucoma than any other topic.

I remember the developers of a popular fitness app with excellent accessibility support being asked How do Blind People Exercise? This apparently is a popular question, because many of you came to that post looking for answers.

Those with Diabetic Retinopathy also found information in a post tailored specifically to their needs.

Questions abounded regarding the Importance of a Yoga Mat, and you were able to find information you needed to make the best choices for you.

If you want to start your day on the right side of the bed, you could also find information on the blog about a Good Morning Stretch.

I suspect that many curious sighted people found their way to the post, Is it Boring Being Blind, as, likely, did some of our blind readers as well.

I clearly remember when Mel wrote her post: My Claws are Out. The empathy and sharing brought about by that post was phenomenal!

Many of us love our apps, and we received much positive feedback about an Accessible Meditation App.

Finally, Seven Tips for Better Posture in Just One Minute a Day rounds out our top ten.

We hope that not only will you continue to put into practice what you have learned, but that you will share that knowledge with others.

All the best wishes to each and every one for a wonderful 2019 and beyond!


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