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/.

BONUS – Make healthy lifestyle changes!

Being active as a visually impaired person is not easy, and sometimes it’s impractical and dangerous. A companion animal or carer may not be able to take you out every day, but something that you can easily do at home is to make other healthy changes to your lifestyle.

If you smoke, it’s best to cut that out as it can affect your fitness, stamina, and overall health. Some people have found it beneficial to switch to vaping with delta 8 carts and then gradually cut smoking out of their lives that way. Your diet also makes a big difference to your overall health, and can entirely change your mood for the better. Start off with something simple like adding some vitamins and supplements like omega 3 tablets and CBD gummies UK to your morning routine each day. Next, try to include one more portion of fruit or veg in a meal a day. After you’ve successfully turned that into a habit, switch out your snacks for healthier alternatives. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too!

If you make small changes like these gradually then pretty quickly you’ll start to feel less fatigued, your skin will feel clearer, your stamina will feel like it lasts longer when you exercise, the list goes on.

What tips and tricks do you use to stay healthy? Do you know of any fitness centers that have accessibility options? Let us know at support@right-hear.com!