3 Easy Tips for Staying in Shape if you’re Blind or Visually Impaired

21 February 2018 / RightHear / Mollie Cole, Community & Content Manager

Blind runner and her guide.
Blind runner and her guide. Source: Cardiff Institute for the Blind

February is RightHear and we can’t believe how fast 2018 is moving. It’s easy to get caught up in old routines even after committing to change for the new year, so we’re here to help. Remember your New Year’s Resolutions? Great! We do too, and we bet that one of them had something to do with health and wellness. You may have been considering something like Testogen pills to help out, or have been looking for a free access gym. To help you stay on track as the year goes on, here’s a list of tips and resources about accessible fitness that will help you stay healthy and happy in 2018.

1. Get outdoors!

Being outside is an amazing way to recharge as well as get some exercise. Whether it’s a family trip to the park or a walk to the grocery store instead of the park, any time you can spend active & outdoors is a great way to stay fit. If you’re up for more of a challenge, check out http://www.naturefortheblind.com. It’s an international director of accessible trails that include Braille signage and other physical, tactile aids that allow hikers who are blind to visually impaired to enjoy time in nature independently. In addition, the site has a directory of sports and recreation facilities that are accessible or specifically geared towards people who are blind/visually impaired.

2. Try a new sport!

Either through the listings above, a quick Google search, or a pick-up game with family or friends, try to get into a routine of being active by playing a sport. Consider practicing once a week and playing a game once a week for a double-whammy of exercise and fun. If you’re not into team sports, try running or another individual sport. For ideas and inspiration, listen to The Blind Sport Podcast. It’s chock-full of interviews, practical advice, and creative ideas for staying active. You can find it here: http://www.theblindsportpodcast.com/.

Those who may not be able to get out and play high octane sports such as basketball may still enjoy following games on the TV, radio, or news. Some people look to make their following of certain sports even more exciting by making use of college basketball free picks in the hopes of winning big on the victory of their favorite teams. This could be a fun thing for people with visual impairment to keep their hand in the sports world with an exciting twist.

3. Bring the kids along!

If your biggest obstacle to exercising and staying active is the time required to care for the kids and family, just bring them with! An active lifestyle benefits everyone, and instilling healthy habits in even the youngest of children is a great idea. Instead of watching a half-hour sitcom in the evening, go for a half-hour walk. Not only will you stay physically healthy, but it’s a chance to make conversation and stay connected to what everyone is up to in this very busy world. Maria Johnson, a group fitness instructor and mom, writes articles about family fitness, staying healthy, and her personal experiences as a parent who is blind. Read her blog at http://www.girlgoneblind.com/.

What tips and tricks do you use to stay healthy? Do you know of any fitness centers that are accessible? Let us know at [email protected]!

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