I just returned home from my first National Federation of the Blind Convention two days ago. I am still high from the adrenaline rush. There were about 3000 people there of all shapes, colors, sizes, faiths, educational backgrounds, sexual orientations, ages, sighted, totally blind, low vision, varying degrees of deafness, and on and on. There were people from different countries. There were super athletes and those who have never exercised. There were people with wheel chairs, canes, guide dogs, and personal assistants. It has become clear to me that the commonality among all the different people is that all of us are seeking independence.Read More
Working out isn’t necessarily easy. Maybe that’s why it’s referred to as work. I wonder if our attitudes might be different if we thought of it as play, but that’s an idea for a completely different post. For now, most people refer to exercise as working out, and for most of us, it feels like work.Read More
Last year, my optometrist friend told me that it is crucial that I wear sunglasses for many reasons. I don’t like glasses on my face, but she converted me. She took me to her store and gave me along lecture on why I need them. I will summarize for you.Read More
We receive emails about a variety of subjects, but one of the most common questions reads something like this: “I am just starting to move more, and I want to keep track of my steps. I don’t want to spend a lot of money to do this, and I want something that’s easy to use.”Read More
The other day, I received a call from someone referred to me by a friend. She said, “My mother, who is blind, needs to lose weight and get her blood pressure down. She is self-conscious and doesn’t want to go to the gym. Her doctor thinks she needs to start with a cardio workout. Can you help?”Read More
Since the release of Podcast 72, I have received questions and positive feedback regarding comments I made about the stories we tell ourselves. Essentially, I said that something like a new environment or a situation in which we do not feel confident or at ease is just that. The problem is, we tell ourselves stories about what this might mean for us. For example, if you’ve moved to a new town and everything feels unfamiliar, you may begin to question your competence as a traveler or a blind person. In fact, the new area has nothing whatever to do with your confidence, but is simply just a new area.Read More
Even if you do not generally have back pain, chances are good that you have experienced it when traveling. We sit for long stretches of time in seats that are not designed for the human body. Airplanes are the worst, but trains, busses, and cars can create an aching back too.
Here are some tips to help combat the soreness:Read More
As Nat King Cole sings, we’re headed into “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer.” It’s a wonderful time to be outside, to taste seasonal fruits and veggies at their best, and maybe even enjoy some down time. Often, we overdo things a bit, and use the summer as a chance to take a vacation from nearly everything, including our health. It’s a rare person who wants to go all out this time of year, and with everything so relaxed, that could be a hard pace to maintain.Read More
Some might call it paranoia but I think a healthy dose of germophobia when traveling on an airplane makes good sense. I have gotten sick after flying one too many times to ignore all those little creatures wanting to invade my body. No more will I be a passive by stander! I am going to vanquish the little monsters before they set up shop in my nose.Read More
I feel like I have taken up juggling in recent weeks. I don’t mean the traditional kind that would earn me some money in a carnival. Instead, I’m talking about juggling more than I thought possible while working, taking online courses, and managing my friend’s care after her stroke.
I have not attained the skills to be a master juggler, and I would not even try to represent myself as such. However, I’m learning basic lessons, and I wanted to share them with you. After all, I learn best by doing first, then by teaching what I have learned. Also, if someone can benefit from my experiences, then I’m more than happy to share.
Today, everybody’s talking about walking for exercise. It is usually the most natural and safe exercise we do. For many of us who are blind, walking is our main mode of transportation, so we do lots of it.Read More
When I was in high school, morning gym class was to be avoided at all costs. It made me feel like I was getting ready for my day twice, and I wasn’t awake enough for anything resembling physical activity. After college, I joined a gym for a short time, and found I didn’t care for that either. Besides the all-too-apparent challenges, I felt like going to the gym was an event in itself, and took up more of my day than I liked.Read More
If you have glaucoma, except in very rare circumstances, exercise needs to be part of your treatment plan. Of course, you must check with your medical team before starting any program, regardless of your eye condition or overall health.Read More
"Recognize the warning signs of a stroke," the TV blares, but when someone I care about was having a stroke, I missed it completely. Because I did, it is possible that valuable time was lost. I thought I knew the signs, and was prepared to react, but I was wrong. My purpose in telling my story is to help others to avoid the mistakes I made. Each person's experiences might be different, and I think it is human nature to deny that such a grave situation is actually happening. The internet is full of stories about people having strokes. Sometimes, the person will be able to articulate that he or she is having a stroke, or feels numb on one side. Many times, however, friends or family miss the crucial signs. As blind people, we miss seeing that one side of the face is drooping, or one side of the body does not seem to be moving properly. For this reason, it is important to bring all our knowledge and observational skills into play when something just does not seem right.Read More
It is important for people with diabetes to exercise. Regular exercise helps to control glucose and helps maintain good circulation throughout the body. It also decreases anxiety and generalized depression. Daily exercise needs to be part of the medical plan for anyone with diabetes.Read More
This phrase is most commonly heard when a ship is in danger of sinking. However, there is another way to take on water, and it is far more insidious. If you have issues surrounding water retention, it is important to monitor yourself, make any possible dietary changes, and by all means, discuss the situation with your doctor.Read More
It’s not something we like to think about, but chances are that at some point in our lives, each of us will end up in the hospital. It may be planned, or completely unexpected. For a person who is blind or has a visual impairment, a visit to the hospital can be a more stressful experience, full of unfamiliar people and procedures.Read More
Last week, I told you about our brand new Barre workout, and let you know a little about what it is, what it can do for you, and where to download the glutes segment as our free gift to you. If you missed any of that important information, you might want to read that entry first.
This week, I’m here to answer some questions I’m getting asked quite a bit. I also want to tell you that you can now purchase the entire Barre Method Level One Workout from BlindAlive.Read More
We did it! We have expanded our collection with a new fitness choice for the blind community. In this two-part blog post, I'll give you all the information you'll need to decide if this is a good workout for you and help you get started.Read More
“Portion control!” Does the mere mention of the term make you cringe? Controlling portions is difficult for everyone, but I believe it is even harder for people who are blind or have low vision. I’m here to give you some helpful tips so it doesn’t have to be such a chore. When faced with a situation where you are not sure how much to eat, there are three basic things you can do.Read More