Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

What’s Next, Where, and When?

Now that my decisions are made and my anxiety has lessened considerably, I can feel my creative juices coming back. I know this because I feel a strong urge to learn something new. I also find myself saying to myself and others, “I wonder if…?” That is one of my favorite questions and it drives my husband a little nuts sometimes. The other day I said, “I wonder if the sun is solid or is it gas?” I had listened to a video about that and I became fascinated. Of course, he can’t answer that question and neither can I. This indicates to me that it is time to ponder about some way to channel my energy and mind. Overall, I am happy to be in this curious mindset again.

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The Big Top Ten

This is Lisa writing to you today, and I just wanted to take a moment before getting into the heart of this week’s post. I’ve been blogging for BlindAlive roughly every other week since December of 2014. It has been my privilege to share stories, suggestions, and information with you. I have been the beneficiary of many of your kind words, and I wanted to express both my appreciation, and my hope that our paths will cross often.

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What Does It Mean To Be Enough?

When looking back on five years worth of blogs, there are just a few that still feel important for me to read over and over for myself. I think this one especially is worth revisiting. I changed the name because it applies to everyone.

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Befriending the Buffet revisited.

As we prepare to close out the year, as well as this blog in its current format, Mel and I would each like to share a favorite post we have written. I chose an article I wrote called Befriending the Buffet because it seems especially practical around the holidays, and because it contains adaptations specific to blindness. Enjoy!

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Sad but True, BlindAlive Is Closing

Dear Everyone,

This is difficult for me to write, but I am a big believer in transparency. I would rather people know the truth and not be left wondering about the details and reasons why.

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Therapeutic Massage: Why Should You Get Them?

Having a therapeutic massage is absolutely one of the best ways to take care of yourself. I admit that I am biased since I was a massage therapist for 32 years, and back rubs were also a favorite activity in my house growing up. A back rub could cure most anything it seemed. I carried through with the tradition with my own sons. I firmly believe that having a therapeutic massage as often as you can will help you feel better in so many areas of your life.

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What’s in Your Healthy Toolbox?

Recently, I have begun taking my health more seriously. For me, this involves knowing the calories and various nutrients I am eating. I have found some helpful tools for getting the job done, and would like to share them.

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When Is Sitting Okay?

We have been hearing so much lately about how awful sitting is for us. The phrase is, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Well, sitting in and of itself is not bad. It is how and why we sit that is important.

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Dinner’s in the Pan

It’s nearly impossible these days to look at any websites related to healthy eating and not come across sheet pan dinners. I wanted to find out why they had become so popular, and decided to share what I found with our readers.

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Three Ways To Prevent and Decrease Pain

We all experience physical pain sometimes. It is part of being human. Pain frightens us, so we avoid it like the plague. Often we run to the medicine cabinet as fast as we can to pop a pill to make it go away. There is certainly a place for pain medication, and I am not suggesting that medication is never necessary. What I am suggesting though, is that we take a moment to ask why is this pain showing up now?

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A Dog’s Tale

Hi, my name is Dandy, and you have no idea how much work it was to get some space to share my thoughts with you. So what if I’m a dog; I still have important stuff to say! I finally convinced Lisa that I had something worth saying, so she’s helping me get it written down. After all, typing with paws is hard work.

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That Scary Feeling!

Have you ever encountered a staircase with no rails and felt that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach? Or what about very rough ground that made it hard to get a solid foothold? Something like this happened to me recently when I found myself needing to cross a fairly narrow bridge with water on both sides and there was nothing to hold on to. I had my cane to mark the edge but it freaked me out all the same.

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Exercising with a Heart Rhythm Disorder

I have been blind all my life.  I was part of the crop of premature babies with what is now called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), and which used to be called retrolental fibroplasia (RLF).  I grew up at a time when physical education for blind people was spotty at best.  My recollections of physical education consist mainly of feelings of pain, such as being hit with a volleyball or basketball. I felt shame because I knew that my movements were somehow different from those of other children my age, and I was both afraid to move around and unwilling to try, mostly for fear of being laughed at.  I have even extended my fear of being laughed at to dancing in front of others, an activity which brings joy to so many of my family and friends.  So as an adult, I did not wreap the benefits of a healthy body image or a good, sound exercise program.  Exercise was associated with pain, humiliation and shame.  I wanted no part of it.

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How To Protect Your Wrists When Exercising

Do your wrists hurt or feel vulnerable when you perform certain exercises like planks or push-ups? Are there yoga poses you feel you can’t do because of your wrists?

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Pennies for Health

At my local grocery store, I can buy eight ounces of sharp cheddar cheese for $3.49. However, I instead opt to pay $3.99 for only seven ounces. I like to save pennies as much as the next person, but to me, spending that little bit extra is worth it. Cheese, especially really sharp cheese, is an addiction of mine. I will weigh and measure many other foods, but when I have my knife and a block of cheese, I come up with all sorts of creative ways to get out of measuring. I rationalize that it looks like the right amount, and tell myself I don’t really need to measure. In fact, I’m lying to myself, and looking for ways to cheat myself into overindulgence.

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Nothing To Do But Laugh!

Well, my intention for the blog post this week was to write about Hyper-mobility Joint Syndrome and how it can cause painful joints. Now that I am sitting down to write it, it just feels way too academic and frankly, boring. I am very interested in the topic and I think it is a subject worth addressing, but not today. I feel like laughing. I hope this post will make you laugh too. It is the best medicine after all.

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Back to Basics

I love to scan article headlines and read about the newest findings and trends in health and medicine. However, all this seeking for the newest and the best causes me to ignore what I already know. Some things have been around for years. They’re not new or shiny, but they’re full of common sense. Most startling perhaps is that they actually work.

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Staying In The Fight For My Life Without Sight.

This weeks blog is a re-post from, you can find the original post here.

There’s been a lot of talk about mental health in the news lately. From celebrity deaths to kids who take guns to school with no plans to come out alive. You can’t help but wonder what was going through their minds. How did they get to the point of wanting to end it all? Was life totally unbearable behind closed doors? Did they believe they weren’t good enough and never will be? Were they abused? Were they not able to cope with some sort of chronic illness or unexpected diagnosis? Were they angry? Were they sad? Were they depressed? Were they mad? Perhaps they were so emotionally drained, they felt nothing at all. I suspect no one can truly answer these questions, except for the ones who carry out the act. Unfortunately, suicidal thoughts are out there, we just don’t know about them. And I would bet you don’t know about mine.

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The Two-Minute Toothbrush Workout

Recently, I got an electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer. This, according to the American Dental Association, is how long we should brush. This particular toothbrush is unique because it pulses at 30-second intervals. Basically, you can divide your mouth into four sections, and it will let you know when it’s time, for example, to move from brushing the upper to the lower left side.

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Another Trick For Creating A Balanced Body

I discovered a really cool way to locate the balance point in my body. Well, actually my physical Therapist encouraged me to do this little exercise whenever I think about it. I have been playing around with it for a couple of months now. It is powerful enough for me to want to share it with you. It will seem crazy simple, which in my mind is elegant. I will tell you how to do it.

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