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
A few weeks ago I received a couple of emails from people saying I should enter the contest for The Holman Prize. The first one I quickly deleted, because I automatically dismissed myself as a possibility. When the second one arrived, I decided to take a look. My mind started whirling but I did not act on it -- mostly out of fear. I left it in my inbox though, so it kept coming up to the top.Read More
We are pleased to feature this article by Alex Hall, which was originally posted to AppleVis. While much of the information is tailored to those using an Apple Watch, it would seem that there are some important points to consider, whether or not you are using an activity tracker of any kind.Read More
You may have been asked this question many times throughout your life, or perhaps you found this page because you searched for just this question. While many people use and enjoy the Eyes-Free Fitness Workouts, blind and visually impaired people have many ways to remain active. We were recently introduced to Kirsty Major and her Unseen Beauty Blog, and are pleased to share one of her posts with you:Read More
We are pleased to present the winning entry from our writing contest. Our winner is India Scott. Many thanks to India and the others who have shared their stories with us!Read More
What does it mean to “be enough?" How does it feel to “be enough?” How will we know when we have reached that blissful state of “enoughness?”Read More