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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!

If Every Day Was Like Today…

Lately, I have gotten back into using the MyFitnessPal app and website to log my food and activity. At the end of each day, I get a small reward when I choose the option to complete the diary for that day. A message pops up which says something like: “If every day was like today, in five weeks, you would weigh X number of pounds.”

Most days, the number stays the same or goes down by a tenth of a pound. Some days though, it goes up a bit. I’m not sure why they chose five weeks as the magic interval of time, and my weight loss does not coincide exactly with where they say I should be.

Still, the message is clear. What we do today affects our future selves. It may or may not have a huge impact, but it makes a difference which will likely increase over time. If we cultivate either good or bad habits, we will eventually see results. I know that in my own life, it is easy to rationalize: “Today was different. I didn’t feel that great, so I didn’t exercise. And this day is different. I went out with friends, and I ate more than I should, which I don’t often do.” Still, I see a message at the end of each day, which either seems like a congratulatory word or a gentle nudge to do better. That simple reminder that each day has both consequences and opportunities helps keep me moving in the right direction.

What motivates you to keep moving forward on a daily basis? We’d love to hear from you.

 

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