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!

Getting My Money’s Worth

Very few things equal that feeling of satisfaction when I know I’ve made a wise purchase at a good price, and then that I’ve really gotten my money’s worth from it. At BlindAlive, we want you to get your money’s worth from any workouts you purchase from us. We want you to feel that satisfaction of knowing you’ve used a thing to its fullest , and achieved the best possible benefits.

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Perfect Rebounder

Rebounding has finally come into my life. Years ago I got a rebounder or mini tramp for $5 at a yard sale. I thought it would be fun for the kids and me too. It was one of those metal spring ones that squeaked loudly with every bounce. I tried oiling it but the noise drove me crazy, so I quickly gave it up.

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5 Things To Do When Anxiety Has A Hold Of You

This week, we are pleased to feature a post from Maria Johnson's Girl Gone Blind Blog. Look for an interview with her on our next podcast.

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What’s on Your Cracker?

I admit it; I love crackers! They’re crunchy, and they come in lots of flavors. It’s easy to grab a handful on the run, or add my favorite toppings. Unfortunately, the snacks I enjoy don’t necessarily love me back. Many crackers contain lots of unhealthy ingredients. Maybe you’re trying to eliminate salt, refined flour, or fat from your snacking regime. The crackers you choose might not be the ones I like. Along with individual nutritional choices, there’s also taste to consider. Rather than telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat, my aim is to provide some helpful and healthful guidelines we can all use as starting points.

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Stress Relief with Feet

One of the benefits of joining our Eyes-Free-Fitness List is gaining from the wisdom of others. One of our members, Mary Ward, shared her thoughts on the benefits of living with animals. At present, I do not have a dog in my life, and feel that absence keenly. However, as I read Mary's post, I did not experience that emotion, but a sense of peace. If you do have animals in your life, I hope you will appreciate her words. If you do not have a feathered or furry creature, be open to the possibility of spending time with animals at a shelter or the homes of friends.
Here are Mary's thoughts on this often overlooked key to good health:

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What Is Interval Training?

Interval Training is the fitness world’s answer to boredom and quick results. The idea is to do short bursts of the same activity and then rest for another short period of time. This increases heart-rate quickly and then allows for a short recovery period. This method has become popular because it really works, and because the quick exercise variations keep the mind engaged. This type of exercise is most often called HIIT which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The intensity can be changed to fit any level of fitness.

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Clear The Way! I’ve Got some Place To Go!

Where is it? Why do I want to? How on earth am I going to make it happen?

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Top Ten Blogs of 2017

It seems like only weeks ago that I was sitting down to share with you all the happenings of 2016. Now, I’m back to try and encapsulate all the notable things that happened in 2017. We launched our mailing list, and produced 26 podcasts. 2017 also saw the arrival of our balance series of workouts, Barre Method Level 1, Foam Roller, and Interval Training workouts.

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Accessible Diabetes Management Strategies for Enjoying the Holidays

When you think of the holidays, what are some associations that immediately come to mind? Most likely, you would think of family and friends, giving and receiving presents, and perhaps religious observances of some sort or other. There is often a common thread running through all of these associations: eating! Who can resist Grandma's famous peanut butter pie, or Aunt Myrtle's scrumptious noodles? How can you possibly say no to your boss when he brings fudge to work, or a colleague who offers you a homemade chocolate chip cookie?

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Where Am I Now? How Did I Get Here? Where Am I going?

I adore these questions! They are three components  of what I call “a curious lifestyle”. Curiosity is what pulls me to be and do more than I ever thought possible. Curiosity keeps the questions coming and what compels me to stretch myself toward the answers. It is both a delightful way to live and frightening as well. In order to find the answers, I often am required to “pull up my big girl panties” as we say in the south, and step out into unknown territory

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A Thanksgiving Gift from Apple

Thank you all for making this happen. We have officially released the Eyes-Free Fitness® App for all iOS devices just in time for the holidays and it has taken off! Since our Thanksgiving Day launch, the app has been downloaded hundreds of times and we are getting 5-star reviews! We suggest reading on but here is the link if you want to go straight there: Itunes.

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Thrive During the Holidays

This time of year, the media is full of advice for surviving the holidays by making healthy choices. Some years, I read and listen avidly. "This year, I'm really going to do this!" I tell myself. I must admit though that other years, I feel thoroughly sick of it all, and I want to suggest the experts take their advice and give it to someone else -- preferably far, far away. After all, the holidays are for enjoying and relaxing, right?

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Let’s Get Stable!

We have a new foam roller workout! It is an introduction. Jennifer Kern designed it to be core strengthening, relaxing, and a nice stretch. It is only 20 minutes long.

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What's On Your Keyring

It's likely we've all heard the famous Capitol One question: "What's in your wallet?" The assumption is that if you have their card on hand, you have what you need for emergencies and eventualities. Today, I'd like to pose a different question: "What's on your keyring?" With the investment of a little time and even less money, you can be sure that, from a health standpoint, you are ready for anything.

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Want to Kick Your Workouts into High Gear?

I have been asked to give a rundown of our more challenging programs for those who are ready to move things up a level and for those who are already in great shape. I tend to talk more about the beginner or gentle workouts because those are the ones most people want, and the ones I like myself.

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Taming Charley’s Horse

If you’ve ever been stopped in your tracks by a muscle cramp, also called a Charley horse, you know how debilitating they can be. Generally, they seem to happen at night, and involve the legs, although they can happen any time, anywhere. The causes are many, and can include: overworking muscles, sitting too long in one place, dehydration, and use of diuretics that cause the loss of potassium. If this latter is the case, you might wish to talk to your doctor about a “potassium-sparing diuretic.” Of course, paying attention to muscle pain, moving around frequently, and staying hydrated will help.

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Accessing Innocence

This morning, while contemplating the phrase, “I am innocent.” I began to feel that familiar hard knot of anxiety in my solar plexus. I sat with the feeling to let it clarify itself. It began to claw its way up to the surface of my consciousness. I knew I needed to pay attention this time, no more locking those old feelings in a concrete vault in my gut.

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Savor the Flavor!

"Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments." -- Wayne Dyer

How many times have you found yourself finishing a bag or box of a favorite, semi-forbidden food only to think: “How did I get here?” If so, you may have lost or forgotten the art of savoring what you are eating.

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Gentle Workout Set: Who is it For?

Today I want to answer a question we get quite often. What is the Gentle Workout Set, and who is it best for?

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Could a Weighted Blanket be the Answer?

The year I turned six, I asked for what was probably the most unusual birthday present ever. I announced that I wanted a lead apron like they used at the dentist’s office. For those who may be unfamiliar, this is made of some indeterminate material on the outside, and presumably has small grains of lead inside, which makes it so heavy. It is draped over the patient’s torso to prevent harmful radiation during X-rays. I couldn’t have cared less about radiation at that age, but I loved how the lead apron made me feel. I have always tended to be cold, and it made me feel warm and somehow secure. It wasn’t that I generally felt insecure, but that I felt so much better for the brief times I wore it.

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