Leading an Active Lifestyle
It’s easy to believe that vision loss means you can’t have an active lifestyle. The facts tell a different story. The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes estimates that it has helped more than 100,000 men and women with vision loss become top athletes in the last 30 years. This figure is just for elite athletes. Millions more individuals with vision loss lead health-conscious, active lives, and they are participating in exercise programs, fitness groups, and activity clubs on a regular basis. In many instances, people decided to be more active and health conscious only after vision loss became a factor in their lives.
The key, as with most challenges in life, is equal parts courage, consistency, and motivation.
Many adults experiencing vision loss may feel discouraged when it comes to maintaining or starting an active lifestyle. One of VisionAware’s goals is to reassure, assist, and encourage you to remain active throughout life’s journey. Having vision loss does not mean you are helpless. Just ask the hundreds of thousands of elite and recreational athletes of every age who are not letting vision loss prevent them from living full, active lives.
And there is no better time to start than right now!
For More Information
- Go4Life Exercises for People with Low Vision
- The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD). The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.
- United States Association of Blind Athletes. While aimed mainly at elite athletes, the casual exerciser can also find useful tips and information on this site.
- AARP. Physical Activity. This site provides tips for seniors on staying active.