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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!

Pennies for Health

At my local grocery store, I can buy eight ounces of sharp cheddar cheese for $3.49. However, I instead opt to pay $3.99 for only seven ounces. I like to save pennies as much as the next person, but to me, spending that little bit extra is worth it. Cheese, especially really sharp cheese, is an addiction of mine. I will weigh and measure many other foods, but when I have my knife and a block of cheese, I come up with all sorts of creative ways to get out of measuring. I rationalize that it looks like the right amount, and tell myself I don’t really need to measure. In fact, I’m lying to myself, and looking for ways to cheat myself into overindulgence.

Instead, I buy “Cracker cuts.” These are individual slices of cheese, which is great because they keep me honest. A slice is a slice is a slice. I can’t slice thicker, thinner, or rationalize a chunk as a mere crumb. When I eat a certain number of slices, it’s a win/win. I feel good because I’ve made wise choices, my purchase lasts longer, and I think I actually enjoy it more.

Maybe cheese is not your Achilles heel. I have a friend who buys individual packets of jelly from a restaurant supply place so he doesn’t eat more than he needs. Of course, we can both just buck up and measure correctly. I do this for about 95 percent of what I eat, but buying proportioned problem foods can save my health and my sanity.

As a blind person, I find that some things simply take me longer, and measuring is no exception. In that case, I might opt to buy some single servings as well. In my particular case, I don’t consider that extra fifty plus cents as frivolous, but as an investment in my health.

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