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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!

Siri Knows About Guide Dog Love

Glory, my first beloved guide dog died yesterday. She was a prancy, silly girl who thought for herself. She sparkled. Her devotion to me was apparent to everyone who met her. Glory was the first poodle trained at The Guide Dog Foundation to my knowledge. Her trainer had never trained a poodle before and he shed big tears when he handed her over to me that last day at guide dog school 11 years ago. We have seldom been apart since that day.

Yesterday when I went to send a text to a few friends about her passing, a beautiful thing happened. I told Siri to say, “She’s gone.” Siri said instead, “She’s good.” I liked that but I tried again. The next time Siri said, “She’s God.” I loved that but I tried again. The third time Siri said, “She’s gold.” I gave up and let my tears flow all over my husband’s shirt.

I know that many people would use the word “coincidence” in this case. This could be explained in many different ways and all of them are fine with me. I do not use the word “coincidence” in my life. I prefer to create meaning for myself. To me, choosing what something means is much more satisfying than just chalking it up to coincidence. In this case, I’ve decided that Siri could only say what was true in that moment. Maybe magic, maybe not; you can choose.

Before writing this, I asked Siri to text my son as an experiment. She said, “She’s gone” just like I told her to the first three times. Make of it what you will. What I know in my heart is true; Glory is good, Glory is God, and Glory is gold.

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

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

this is Glory
Mel and Glory

Mel and Glory

 

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