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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!

Best Therapeutic Hot And Cold Packs

One of my preoccupations these days is my knees. I have been going to physical therapy to strengthen them because they have become unstable. I decided to be proactive and walk my talk. That means I need to take care of my knees so they will continue to take care of me.

I have been using this opportunity to ask the physical therapist a million questions. I noticed the cold packs that they wrapped my knees in at the end of the sessions were so comfortable. The hot packs at the beginning were the same way. It turns out that they are the same packs. The therapist recommended that I get two of them and dedicate one to hot and one to cold. She said that using the same pack for both degrades them faster. I got her to give me the brand and link so I could order them.

They are Elasto Gel Therapeutic packs, and come in all sizes and shapes. They have them for feet, knees, back, neck, and head. The ones I got are long rectangles that wrap around my knees and stay there securely with the use of the attached Velcro straps. My husband drapes one across his neck. I heated it for about 3 minutes in the microwave, rearranging it half way through. It holds heat for a long time. The other pack I threw in the freezer and it stays cold for a good amount of time as well.

It is always a good idea to keep cold packs in the freezer at all times because you never know when you will need them. I keep the hot pack near the microwave so it is also handy. I thought you might like to know my discovery. I have the cold one draped across both knees as I write this.

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Good health to you,
Mel

 

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