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!

The Best of 2016!

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’ve had so many “best days” in 2016, and we wouldn’t be here to share them without each and every one of you. This year has seen the arrival of 26 new podcasts, and four new workouts: Pilates Mat Level 2, Slow Flow Yoga, Whole Body Stretch, and Chair Yoga.

And of course, there’s our blog. Mel and I, along with a few dedicated guest contributors, have enjoyed flexing our creative muscles to bring you topics we hope will interest you. We’re always asking for your comments and feedback. It’s wonderful to know if a post resonated with you, or if it helped you make any positive changes. We talk quite a lot here about feelings and creativity, so we decided to take a different approach, and look at the numbers. It’s done by many others, but we’re pleased to bring you the top ten posts of 2016. These are the articles more of you read and referred to than any others. We hope you’ll enjoy a walk down memory lane, or rediscover some old favorites.

10 What do you do when things stop working? You fix them with The Right Tools. I talk about my experience with plantar fasciitis, and how having the right equipment helped me not to miss a beat.

9 One thing we’ve learned about our readers this year is that you love to cook, and you love to eat. Mel posted her recipe for The Best Summer Lasagna Ever to rave reviews.

8 What’s your attitude when encountering unexpected obstacles? I share a concept that has helped me by explaining that I am Adjustable.

7 An area I’ve been struggling with in recent years is The Quest for Good Sleep. Many of you enjoyed this post, and I hope you are reaping the benefits. I found that continuing to take that particular melatonin has been a huge help. I also found that one of my medications has insomnia as a side effect. Changing the time of day I take it, (after checking with my doctor of course), has also yielded very positive results.

6 About five months after purchasing them, Mel and I still love the bags discussed in A Better Everyday Bag.

5 Some of the posts you enjoyed most presented solutions to very serious problems. Mel addressed a particularly thorny dilemma: When I Must Have Chocolate!

4 I am especially interested in the ways health and technology intersect, and so are many of you. Mel provided some valuable information in her post on an Accessible Meditation app.

3 Sometimes, the best kinds of posts are basics. Mel addresses some of these in her article on How to Start Exercising With Eyes-Free Fitness®.

2 Another basic post that appealed to many of you was Mel’s excellent piece on 7 Tips for Better Posture in just one Minute a Day.

1 We didn’t write about it extensively, but one thing that made 2016 a memorable year for Mel was her regular cancer treatments. We’re happy to let you know they will soon be a thing of the past. The support of many, and Mel’s own fighting spirit, have helped her make the year one of flourishing and moving forward. She outlines some of the details in the post read by more of you than any other: My Claws are Out.

All of us at BlindAlive would like to wish each of you a healthy, happy, successful New year that is full of all the things and people you love most, and the best to you in 2017!


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