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!

Pushing Buttons

The other day, my iPhone lost its mind. There was, at the time, no other rational explanation. Of course, this happened at the worst possible time. I was on my way to exhibit with Mel for BlindAlive, and all of a sudden, my iPhone started talking to itself.
Yes, I know, it does that all the time. Text messages, weather alerts, and the occasional game notification cause my phone to be far more chatty than your average inanimate object.
This time, however, my phone wasn't just saying things.... it was doing things, or at least it was trying. It would attempt to unlock itself, then inform itself that the incorrect passcode was entered. It would do this repeatedly until I was locked out of my phone. I teach the intricacies of iOS to others, so I knew many ways to make this little problem go away, except that nothing worked. I toggled VoiceOver on and off many times, performed a variety of resets, and powered my phone off and on a handful of times.
I thought a newly updated app could be the problem, so I temporarily removed it. Then, it seemed the problem only happened when I moved a certain way. I had the phone clipped to me, and suspected a problem with the proximity sensor. I was a little proud of myself for thinking of that one, to be honest, except that I was wrong.
I have no doubt that some of you have figured out my issue, and have likely done so from the beginning. The culprit was my Bluetooth keyboard. Normally, this sits innocently on a shelf. I use it when I need to post a large piece of text that won't work well with dictation, and I use it when I'm teaching some iOS lessons. However, I brought it with me, figuring that if a little technology was good, then more was better.
The keyboard had accidentally gotten switched on, so I spent the whole day thinking my phone was acting very strangely when in fact, it was responding to input just as it should. It turns out that I was the problem. I was completely unaware of forces outside myself that were affecting my phone.
This leads me to my question, and to the point of this story: What is pushing your buttons without your knowledge? Is it a friend or family member who tries to sabotage your efforts to live a healthier life? Maybe you allow TV or other media to decide how long you will stay up, so there's no way that morning workout will happen? Once you're aware, getting the button-pushing to stop is easy. For me, finding the actual problem was far more challenging than was merely flipping the switch to make it stop.
Your way forward might be a bit harder. It might involve difficult conversations with yourself or others, or it might mean re-examining your priorities. In any case, I hope you'll find that getting to the root of the problem will get rid of a lot of needless distress.
What pushes your buttons, and what ways have you found to fix it? We'd love to hear your thoughts.


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