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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!

How Helping The Blind Can Create A Healthier You

This weeks blog is a re-post from GirlGoneBlind.com by Maria Johnson:

I’ve been a student at the Braille Institute in San Diego for about two years now, and I recently added the title of “Volunteer” to my badge. Yes… I’m crossing over the bridge to a place where helping others, such as the blind, can create a healthier you. 

As a student, I have learned various skills and soaked up lots of instruction on how to live more confidently as a blind person. I also continue to meet new students who feel just like I did when I started. They don’t want to be there, but they know it’s a place they need to be. Yeah… It takes time to get comfortable in a facility you’ve never been in, among a whole bunch of people you’ve never met. Oh… and you’re blind!  It’s a bit scary and nerve-racking to say the least.

These days I walk around like I own the place! Just kidding… I still get lost in the maze of breezeways, doorways, and room numbers! Seriously, I should really know my way around there by now. It’s ridiculous! Anyway, I’ve had a growing urge to share some of the knowledge and confidence I have received during my time at the Institute. So, What did I do? I raised my hand and said “I’ll help, I’ll teach, I’ll volunteer!”. Before I knew it, I was given a new “Volunteer tote bag” and a badge. As you might imagine, I look pretty damn stylish and official!

What the students I teach don’t know is that by helping them, I’m helping myself. Yep. Helping the blind gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling, a sense of purpose, and keeps me active  in the local blind community. It’s really quite gratifying for me to give another blind person some of their confidence back! Such warm fuzziness.

Well, I may be going out on a limb here…But, I would suspect that the benefits of volunteering are good for one’s mental health. I came across a great article that explains more about volunteering and your health. (Here’s a hint….Volunteering is good for you!)

THE CARING CURE: CAN HELPING OTHERS HELP YOURSELF?

BY SARA KONRATH, PHD

“Most of us know that if we eat our fruit and veggies, exercise often, and avoid smoking, we have a better chance of living longer and healthier lives. But your doctor may not have told you that regularly giving to others should perhaps be added to that healthy checklist. A new paper led by Dr. Suzanne Richards at the University of Exeter Medical School reviews 40 studies from the past 20 years on the link between volunteering and health. The article, which is freely available in the open access journal BMC Public Health, finds that volunteering is associated with lower depression, increased well-being, and a 22% reduction in the later risk of dying.” Click here to continue reading article published on Psychology Today.

 

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