Since the pandemic began, we’ve all had to make adjustments as our normal routines were turned on their heads. It’s not just work and school that have changed, but our fitness routines as well, since gyms are closed as well as some hiking trails and parks.
Many virtual fitness classes have popped up over the last several months, but most of those classes don’t provide detailed descriptions of the exercises for people who are blind or have low vision. Lighthouse’s Health and Wellness Program Manager, Amber Sherrard, has developed “Cup of Cardio” a weekday morning workout where all the exercises are audio described.
Amber, who has a master’s degree in Health and Human Performance and is a Certified Health Education Specialist, explains how the pandemic has changed fitness for the blindness community.
“Because of the pandemic, people who are blind do not have access to group gatherings that are specific to the visually impaired community such as guided classes, hikes, and small group personal training. We began offering virtual classes during the first week of shelter in place and realized how valuable these offerings were in helping people maintain their commitments to their personal health, as well as building community and making new friends during these unprecedented times.”
She also offers advice for those looking to implement fitness into their “new normal” routine.
“My best piece of advice for maintaining physical fitness during this time is consistency, which is why we are so excited to offer our new daily exercise class.”
So, what about that class?
Cup of Cardio
Weekdays, starting September 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. via Zoom (no class Labor Day, September 7)
These workouts will get your heart rate pumping, strengthen your body, and keep you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it apart of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let’s do this!
RSVP for Cup of Cardio and find out about other LightHouse Health and Wellness events by contacting Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.