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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!

BlindSquare GPS: Get Walking Gain Confidence

My first iPhone arrived in 2012 while I was at guide dog school receiving my third guide. I had no idea how to work with either of them and I became quite frustrated. I was pretty stressed out because I was trying to learn how to work with my new dog and I could not even answer my phone. Fortunately, several students had iPhones and they took pity on me. They would call me over and over again so I could practice 2 finger double tapping to answer. I was so relieved to at least be able to answer and make a call. After a few days of having my phone, I began to notice all the cool things the other students were doing and I started pestering them to show me. That is when the GPS App BlindSquare came into my life. I had to have it! Naturally, downloading an app was out of the question so I cornered the best iPhone user on the bus. I had a captive teacher. He was very kind and we downloaded BlindSquare. It was my first app and it still holds a prominent position on my Home Screen.

With BlindSquare I can search for coffee shops, professional offices, shopping places and tons more. I can set my favorite places or I can just go on a walking adventure with my dog knowing I won’t get lost. It is even possible to make a call to the place you want to go from BlindSquare. The Help section makes learning easy. BlindSquare GPS has empowered me to get out and take charge of where I want to go.

In November 2012, I had a new dog and a new iPhone with maybe 2 apps on it. I made up my mind to become a power user of my phone so I called Mr. VaShaun Jones at Fedora Outlier LLC to find out if I could get lessons. The teachers at Fedora were patient and kind. Between my phone, my dog, and BlindSquare I am on the move!

I now work at Fedora Outlier and I am having so much fun working to teach blind people the tools they need to gain confidence. I let go of my 32 years of massage therapy and embarked on a new adventure. You can do it too.

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