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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!

Another Trick For Creating A Balanced Body

I discovered a really cool way to locate the balance point in my body. Well, actually my physical Therapist encouraged me to do this little exercise whenever I think about it. I have been playing around with it for a couple of months now. It is powerful enough for me to want to share it with you. It will seem crazy simple, which in my mind is elegant. I will tell you how to do it.

First, stand up with your feet at a stable distance apart. I like hip distance. Line up your body so that there is a tiny bend in your knees. Pull your hip joints toward the center of your body. In other words, tighten up your glutes like you are holding a $100 bill in between your butt cheeks. This pulls in your hips. Then pull your lower abs up and in to support your lower back. Allow your low back to have its natural arch. Pull your shoulders back and drop them into a relaxed position. Bring your head into alignment by tucking your chin just a little, and imagine your ears lining up with your shoulder joints. When your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles feel lined up in a stable way, you are ready for the exercise. I know this sounds like a lot but it is the basic good posture position that I talk about so often in our exercise programs.

Now that you are standing beautifully, with your toes pointing forward, lift those magnificent toes off the ground as high as you can. Notice how your body position changes. The arches of your feet will lift, and you will become aware of your whole foot. For me, it feels very solid. Hold your toes up as long as you can and then try again.

I do this when I am brushing my teeth or waiting for water to heat up. I do it when I am waiting for Jingles to do her evacuations. I actually think it has become a nervous habit. I suppose it isn’t a bad habit to have. You can do it when you are sitting as well. Just lift your toes.

This little exercise helps us when we walk. Most of us do not lift our toes enough, which increases our chances of tripping or even falling. I have noticed that large sidewalk cracks are not as much of a problem as they once were. Also, my feet feel stronger in general. My arches have become stronger and I am even noticing muscle definition in my feet that is brand new to me. I have never thought much about foot muscle definition but it is quite satisfying. Strong, beautiful feet create a solid foundation for our entire bodies. Bodies are infinitely intriguing and amazing to me. How can we ever be bored when we have a miraculous body to explore?

Good health to you,
Mel

 

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