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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!

Who Cares About Muscles?

I have a confession to make, and I’m sure I’m not alone. For years, I’ve heard things like, “You should feel a nice stretch in your hamstrings,” or “This will work your triceps.” I registered enough to get the picture that hamstrings were legs and triceps were arms. Unfortunately, I let the particulars just sort of cascade off the edges of my mind.

Now, years, later, I’m paying attention, and I credit squats for the change. This month, many members of our Eyes-Free Fitness list are participating in a squat challenge. We’ve been reporting our progress, encouraging one another, and discussing proper form. Someone commented that feeling certain muscles activate let her know she was doing a squat properly.

It was then that the proverbial lightbulb went off in my head. Knowing what muscles I should be feeling can let me know if I’m doing an exercise effectively. And while I have no scientific proof to back it up, it occurs to me that mindful awareness of particular muscle groups might increase the effectiveness of the move I’m trying to do.

I hope you’ll join me in paying attention to those all-important muscles. Together, it might be a superb way to take our exercises to the next level.

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I hope to see you there.

 

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