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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!

Your Body Is Trying To Tell You Something

Your body has a language and you can learn it. It speaks to you in every moment in so many ways. Learning to listen to what your body is saying can keep you in better shape for longer. It will also keep your medical bills down.

The best way to learn your body’s language is to stop and listen. It can sound like a symphony or a cacophony, a well-oiled machine or a rusty old car. It also speaks to you with sensations both pleasant and uncomfortable. It usually starts talking to you in a whisper, so taking time every day to really listen might spare you from landing in an emergency room.

Here are a few things to listen for:

  • Is your heart beating with a strong and regular rhythm?
  • Are your airways clear with no wheezing?
  • Do your lungs fill easily and fully with no rattles deep down?
  • Does your jaw click when you open your mouth wide?
  • Does your neck have a nice easy movement in all directions, or is it creaky?
  • Are your joints quiet when they move, or do they sound gravelly?
  • What does your digestive system sound like? Are you belching or passing gas more than normal? Have your internal sounds changed?
  • Do your joints pop or click when you move?
  • Does anything hurt or feel uncomfortable in any way?

It is a good idea to take inventory of your systems everyday. You want to catch what your body is saying when it is whispering. You don’t want your body yelling at you. Many times your body is simply telling you that you need to drink more water. I know I harp on this a lot, but it is really true that getting more water into your system can solve so many ailments. If your body is making noises that you find disconcerting, try water first. The next thing to try is to get more good fats into your body. Our bodies need to be watered and oiled regularly in order for them to stay quiet. Stretching and moving everyday will keep things quiet too.

The key to staying healthy is to pay attention to the subtle noises before they get so loud that they can’t be ignored. Maybe take a moment right now to listen to the story your body is whispering to you.

At BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness® we want to help you keep your body quiet. We offer well described exercise programs, a topic-rich podcast, and a lively listserv. Feel free to join us.

Good health to you,
Mel

 

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