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!

Hammering The Accessibility Wall

If I had a hammer, I’d hammer out a window in the wall of inaccessibility.

Tonight the team at BlindAlive is feeling stubborn and angry. We hit a major accessibility wall today with our app development project. It has literally taken us months to jump through the required hoops with Apple to get our developer’s license to create our BlindAlive app. Today everything went through and we were so excited to finally get the app up and into beta testing.

Well, I went to add Austin, the app creator to the account in iTunes Connect and we slammed hard into an accessibility wall that none of us expected. The developer’s tools were not compatible with Voice Over, the screen reader we use. We were told that there was nothing we could do. Granted a virtual wall doesn’t hurt as bad as an actual wall, but the pain and frustration runs deeper for us.

I do not blame Apple for this exactly. I am sure it never occurred to anyone there that a blind person would have the guts to even attempt to create an app. Well, “times they are a changing”, and we are determined to see this project through. We do not discriminate against sighted people and we were hoping our team could develop this app on our own with minimal help.

So tonight, we are sitting back and licking our wounds, but tomorrow we will put our heads together to figure a way to move forward. Our Eyes-Free Fitness app is screaming to be born and we will make our app happen one way or another!

Mel Scott BlindAlive, LLC Founder and President Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Mel Scott BlindAlive, LLC Founder and President Facebook Twitter LinkedIn


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