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Friday, August 12, 2016

Blind Alive Provides Accessible Exercise Information and Routines for Persons Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired

When it comes to exercise, many blind and visually impaired people may hesitate to participate for a number of reasons. In this post, we introduce you to Blind Alive, whose mission is to help blind and visually impaired people to be more active and to incorporate exercise into their lives. One of Blind Alive's team members provided the following information about their mission and their website:

Fitness has always been a concern for both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each of us unique. And for those who are blind, 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 those of their sighted peers. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who have low vision, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, it can worsen 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 of us give up—but with the Eyes Free line of Fitness Workouts, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else to reach your fitness goals.

 

BlindAlive is proud to have created a user-friendly, completely accessible solution to exercise and fitness that you can do with confidence in your own home.   Now, with resources you can use, you are equipped with the information you need to take charge of your own health and fitness. All of their exercise products have been tested by blind and low vision individuals to ensure that they are completely accessible to members of this community.

 

For each workout, there are supplementary text and audio descriptions that complement those built in to the existing audio. A wide variety of exercise types including cardio, strength training, chair workouts, yoga, and Pilates is available on the website.

 

The team at BlindAlive frequently updates its website with workouts and products, blog posts, podcasts and suggestions to support you on your path to health and wellness. BlindAlive creates more choices for more people by removing those barriers that keep people who are blind and visually impaired from exercising, moving freely, and creating the healthy bodies that we all want in order to participate as vital members of society.

 

For more information, visit BlindAlive's website to see all they have to offer.

You can also like BlindAlive’s Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, or join the BlindAlive Community on Facebook.

 

 

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