During this time of uncertainty, we want to help our customers all we can. Our regular bulletins are designed to enable you to access all the resources and help you need, using your Synapptic device.
While we're all self-isolating at home, it's important to find ways of looking after ourselves, so we stay healthy and calm. There are many resources out there that can help and we've selected a few you may find useful.
YouTube is a brilliant resource that can provide hours of fun and entertainment, while you're isolating at home. For those who don't know, YouTube is a video-sharing service, where both individuals and organizations upload videos they have made. Normally, those who are sharing their videos set up a YouTube channel, where all their videos can be accessed in one place.
Try out YouTube for yourself and you'll be amazed at the variety and breadth of content on there! You can learn about anything from history to gardening, from the basics of engineering to the latest news, fashion trends or even how to plant a vegetable patch!
If there are certain content-providers you like on YouTube, you can subscribe to their channel and then you'll be notified every time they upload new content. That way, you can keep informed about the topics you are interested in.
Useful YouTube channels for keeping fit
YouTube is a great place to find videos on how to keep fit and active, for all levels of fitness. During this period of self-isolation, we thought we'd select a few of the best channels that you can follow at home.
• Eyes Free Fitness
This is an American YouTube channel, which has been developed by someone who is blind. There are lots of videos available, which include Pilates, Yoga, cardio workouts, stretching and meditations.
The videos have been designed specifically for people with sight loss and come with clear audio instructions, so that you don't need to look at a screen in order to follow them.
Find the Eyes Free Fitness videos with Synapptic by selecting the YouTube option from the Entertainment menu. Select the Search option and type in 'eyes free fitness'.
• The Body Coach TV
The Body Coach TV is another YouTube channel, belonging to Joe Wicks, whose exercise programmes are very popular at the moment. More recently, he has been posting videos for school children who are isolated at home, so they can take regular physical exercise in the house.
He has also created a series of 5 general fitness videos for older people. They range from a chair workout to a full body workout and although they aren't designed for people with sight loss, the instructions are very clear and the content is very structured.
Find the The Body Coach TV videos with Synapptic by selecting the YouTube option from the Entertainment menu. Select the Search option and type in 'The Body Coach TV'.
Other fitness videos on the internet
There is also a collection of videos you can access on the internet, which can help you to stay fit and active at home.
• NHS Fitness Studio
The NHS have teamed up with Instructor Live, a company specializing in video exercise classes, to produce a range of free fitness videos. The videos are available to play from their website and include classes on aerobics, strength and resistance exercises, Pilates and Yoga.
The videos last from 10 to 45 minutes and cater to a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. They are taught by very experienced fitness instructors. Although they aren't designed specifically for people with sight loss, the instructions are very clear and the content is very structured.
To watch the NHS Fitness Studio videos from Synapptic select the Web Browser option on the Main Menu. Select the Search option and type in 'NHS Fitness Studio'.
Useful apps for keeping calm
In addition to YouTube videos, there are many useful apps available, which you may find useful in helping you to stay calm and grounded. We've selected a few apps for you to try out.
This is a very popular meditation app, that is available to download through the Google Play Store. Headspace have created over 500 guided meditations, to help with a range of things including stress, anxiety, mindfulness and sleep. It even includes a collection of sleep music and sleep stories, to make sure you get a good night's sleep! This is a subscription service, costing under £10 per month, including a 7-day free trial. Or there is a free Basics Course, if you sign up, which teaches you the basics about meditation and mindfulness.
To download this app with Synapptic, select the Play Store option on the Toolbox Menu and search for 'Headspace'. The Headspace Meditation & Sleep app will display as the first result. After installation, the app can be launched with the Synapptic App Launcher on the Toolbox menu.
• Let's Meditate
Similar to Headspace, except this app is totally free and offers a wide selection of guided meditations, including a specific meditation to help you cope with the current pandemic. There are also meditations on learning to relax the body and meditations to help aid sleep. There is also a setting to send yourself a reminder to meditate each day.
To download this app with Synapptic, select the Play Store option on the Toolbox Menu and search for 'Lets Meditate'. The Let's Meditate Sleep and Guided Meditation app will display as the first result. After installation, the app can be launched with the Synapptic App Launcher on the Toolbox menu.