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!

Letter From Mel

Dear Friends of BlindAlive,

The BlindAlive community is my second family and I know that many of you are wondering about my latest cancer scare. I believe in transparency so here is the latest update.

I had a malignant tumor removed last November. It was very small. The tricky part about this is that this was the second one in eight years. Because this is a reoccurrence, the doctors wanted me to do all the “standard treatments for breast cancer”. I do not believe that the standard treatments are in my best interest so I have been searching for an oncologist who could hear me out. I found one so now I can begin the treatment plan that makes most sense for me.

Cancer is no doubt a frightening diagnosis. Unfortunately, the fear inherent in the diagnosis is amplified by the way it is treated. I refuse to be steam rolled into treatments such as radiation and the very caustic chemotherapies because that is “the way it has always been treated.” I have never been convinced that these treatments are actually helpful in the long run. Everyone is called to make the best decision for themselves of course. I make no judgements about how others choose to work with their own bodies. It is an extremely personal decision.

I have chosen to take Herceptin which is a monoclonal antibody. This targets the specific type cancer which I had. I will be under treatment for one year with an infusion every three weeks. This is usually very well tolerated and I am not afraid. I will also begin taking some type of medication for 5 years that knocks out estrogen in my body. These treatments make sense to me and I will do my best to accept them into my body.

I appreciate so much all the kind words I have received since I made this public. It means a lot to me.

This year will be an adventure for sure but there is no need for fear on my account. I intend to continue the work of BlindAlive. It brings me such joy. Joy makes our lives worth living and that is exactly what I intend to do.

This time in 2017, I will be writing you another letter and it will be a letter of celebration. In the meantime, I will keep you all updated.

Thanks again for your care and support.

Good health to you,


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