Sandy’s View: Why I’m Glad I Gave Pilates a Try

As someone who is blind, it’s not always easy for me to try new physical activities. A lack of encouragement from others, not knowing what is available in the community, and even my own mindset can stop me from trying new things. Still, it’s important to get out of your comfort zone. About a year ago, I enrolled in a Pilates class. As much as I can say I wanted to improve my fitness and push my boundaries (both of which are true), the fact that I was bored out of my mind after the COVID lockdown was the main driving force.

Well before the pandemic, my friends – both blind and sighted – suggested I try Pilates. “I think you’ll like it, and it’s a great workout,” they would say. Their advice went in one ear, and out the other. I didn’t even know where to find a class, much less an instructor that could accommodate my needs. As someone who can’t see, having one-on-one, hands-on instruction is critical when it comes to learning new exercise routines.

It was by chance that I learned through a friend about Movement Med, a studio focusing on Pilates and personal training for people with different disabilities and health conditions. In spring 2022, I joined my friend – who is also vision impaired – in the studio. Erica, our instructor, is simply outstanding in giving us both hands-on and verbal instruction on proper position and movement.

Taking on Pilates has had a domino effect. I feel much more fit, and my mental health and energy has greatly improved. I have also become more mindful of leading a healthier lifestyle. I have also seen dramatic improvement in my spatial awareness and balance, something that is essential for people with vision loss.

I encourage other people who are blind or have other disabilities to get out of your comfort zone and try new activities. Ask around, do research, and set goals to try new things. You’ll be glad you did!

Leave a comment

Back to top