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!

Coming Clean, Her Name Is Really…

Have you ever made a decision that in the grand scheme of things isn’t super important, but after a while it still feels wrong?

I am an animal person. Many cats, dogs, horses, birds, turtles, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, and even a sort of pet roach have moved in and out of my life. Some were bought and many were strays as we called them in the South. Every single one of those animals had a name that I chose carefully. Each name had to roll off the tongue and resonate with the energies I felt for each animal.

When the time came for me to get my first guide dog, I was really worried about what the dog’s name might be. Maybe for most of you, this sounds crazy or even ungrateful. I admit I have a name obsession. My first guide dog’s name was Glory and it fit who she was perfectly. I loved it. My next dog’s name was Honey and I cried. I am serious. I knew I could not get over it, so I took the trainer aside and told him how I felt. He saw my tears and how important this was for me, so he said I could change her name but that all her records would be with the name Honey. I changed her name and all was well for 7 days. She stopped working after a week, and I had to give her back. It broke my heart.

I then received a dog which also had a name that didn’t work for me, so I changed her name to Carly. It was perfect and all was well until she got attacked by a dog that was off-leash.

My next guide dog also came with a name that I did not feel fit his dignified presence, so he became Plato.

Are you beginning to catch the drift of this story? So here is my confession:

All of the guide dogs whose names I changed, did not work out for one reason or another so when I got my last dog in 2013, I became superstitious and decided not to change her name no matter how I felt about it. When I started BlindAlive last year, I thought it might be fun for my dog to have a public name and a private name. Well, it isn’t working. Her name is not Annabelle. I love the name and it fits her well, but people are starting to catch on and when somebody asks me what her name is, I can’t tell them a lie. It just isn’t in me.

Her real name is Jingles. I admit that the name really challenged me, but I am pretty much over it now.

Why am I telling you this now? BlindAlive has launched a new bigger and better website and honestly, I just felt that I needed to come clean. That’s all there is to it. There is nothing more.

Pictured is Mel and Jingles

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