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!

17 - Care and Feeding of Your Hands

Mel welcomes you to this episode by talking about BlindAlive's mission. If you'd like more details, you can read her blog post on the subject. She also recommends two podcasts devoted to sports and working out at a gym. You can check out Mike Lloyd's BlindSports podcast and Bill Kociaba's Real World Fitness Podcast.
Have you ever wondered how to have all the exercises easily accessible on your iOS device? Lisa will show you how. She references the following link which might be helpful when setting this up.
In FitnessSpeak, Mel talks about the best ways to take care of our hands, and Lisa tackles the challenges of working out while living in an apartment in this week's Feedback files.
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