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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!

Past, Present, and Future

Time is the tool we use to map and track our lives. Past and future only exist in our memory and minds. We have the power to rework our memories and to create our future. I like to take the time between Winter Solstice and New Year’s Day as a liminal space to do just that. I reflect on the year past so I can make meaning of it. I take time to put it in its place in the track of my life. I use this time to clear out those items and thoughts that are no longer useful. It is the time to make room for new ideas, new habits, and new brain connections. I let my world stop for a little while so I can catch up with myself.

This year has truly been one of the most remarkable in my life. I am likely to say that next year also and it will be true then too. I had a big idea to create fully described workouts. I wanted them for myself so I thought others must want them as well. This concept flooded through me in an instant and I, for once, did not second guess myself. This idea has a huge power all its own. I allowed it to flow through me and I began to take action that very day. This brainchild had to be born into reality and I knew it was mine to birth.

Now, in this transitional time, I can hold in my hand what I have created. There are 6 described workouts, a fully functioning website, an Amazon store, and a team of people to help. It feels like magic. I can’t express strongly enough how grateful, proud, humbled, exhilarated, and astonished I am when I look at where I am now. I created something from nothing. I proved it can be done to myself.

People say to me all the time, “You are so amazing, I don’t know how you do all that you do,” or “I could never do what you have done.” Sometimes I feel because I am blind that people think it is a miracle that I can put one foot in front of the other. I am here to tell you, I am no more special or amazing than you are. I do not have special powers. I just had an idea one day and I made a commitment to it and to the people like myself. I made a commitment to create a choice for my community that was not there before now. That’s all.

Every one has the capacity to have great big wonderful ideas. Every one can commit to a goal and make it real. All of us have the ability to create our future. It does not just happen to us: we have power over it. Envision, commit, and then create your future. It is up to you to take charge. What idea will you commit to in the new year?

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