Last week we explored ways to keep active whilst physical distancing, here is a summary of our top tips for you to try!
Go for a walk for your one form of excercise per day.
Photos shows Claire, our volunteer coordinator, out on a woodland walk with her son Euan on her back in the baby carrier and guide dog Annie on a free run in the open spaces of Dewsbury country Park.
Use the equipment you already have
Service user Chris is continuing his weight training, doing some shoulder presses, photo shows Chris raising two large dumbbells above his head. We might not all have weights at home, but tin cans can be used as hand weights to get your arm muscles working.
This photo shows our volunteer Sam who is a very regular exercise biker at home on her bike, she has challenged everyone at KVIN to a indoor bik marathon, so far nobody has taken her up on the challenge!
This photo shows our service user Jules having a go at hula hooping, not all of us might have a hula hop at home but you can have a dance and a wiggle to some music to burn some calories and feel better.
If you have an exercise bike, cross trainer or maybe a treadmill at home but can no longer read the digital display, lots of apps now exist that can help with this, such as Tap Tap See https://taptapseeapp.com/
Try some fitness programmes online
BlindAlive.com Eyes Free Fitness programs for the blind: Thank you to one of our trustees for sharing this link to accessible audio fitness classes ideal for anyone self isolating but still wanting to keep busy and active. https://www.blindalive.com/
NHS Live Well Exercises: Some exercise ideas courtesy of the NHS and all accessible with voice-over. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/
Aaptiv: #1 Audio Fitness App https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/aaptiv-1-audio-fitness-app
Let us know how you get on with the fitness classes!
Use technology to keep fit
There are lots of handy tips in this article on how accessible technology can help us keep fit at home. Physical Fitness for Visually Impaired | Guide To Accessible Fitness Tech https://www.vitaltech.org.uk/theme/fitness/
Smart phones, whether android or Apple often now come with a pre-downloaded Health app. These can be ideal for counting your daily steps which is luckily something you can still do even if you are isolating, get walking around the house, garden and up and down your stairs! https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/health/
You can use your Amazon Echo as a personal fitness trainer. https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-use-your-amazon-echo-as-a-personal-fitness-trainer/?fbclid=IwAR1G12ReuJig2Lk385k3rVWO8ZONF-Yz3XxKGdvV8EkRmXuB6huRXmamU_0
When was the last time you did some skipping? If you could clear yourself a large space indoors this may be the opportunity to re-engage with a former childhood pastime.
Talking digital skipping ropes can be bought from Cobolt Systems Ltd