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!

If Santa Only Knew, He’d Upgrade That Sack!

Image of Santa leaving his old sack behind and wearing the BackTpack with his arms up and having both thumbs up showing his approval.

Image of Santa leaving his old sack behind and wearing the BackTpack with his arms up and having both thumbs up showing his approval.

“Look!” exclaimed my youngest sister, “Santa forgot his suitcase!” The “suitcase,” as it turns out, was a gift to me from Santa. It was large enough to hold two braille books and a few other small items I needed in school. I developed a love/hate relationship with that bag. On one hand, I could carry a lot of my stuff, This put an end to carrying multiple bags and dropping things regularly. On the other hand, because it held a lot, it was heavy. I was taught to use my cane in my right hand, which meant the bag was always on my left side. I already had problems with back pain and muscle spasms, even in junior high school. Can you imagine how I was making my situation worse by carrying so much weight?

I wish the BackTpack® had existed at the time. I could have divided all the weight on either side of my body, and carried everything without pain. One of the concerns I hear from our customers is about the price. They wonder if it’s really worth it. I can say a resounding “Yes!” Not only are you taking care of your back in the here and now, you are investing in the future health of your back.

The BackTpack isn’t just ideal for the school-aged elves in your family, but for Mr. and Mrs. Santa as well. I wear mine shopping, and it is great. My back is not crying out for relief at the end of the day, and as an added bonus, I still have circulation in my fingers and arm since I am not trying to carry as many bags as possible on my left side.

Of course, the uses of the BackTpack are not just limited to shopping. It’s great for hikers, commuters, and those who use oxygen. We recently received a wonderful testimonial from a hiker, here is just a short quote from him: “Being totally blind, I wanted to have everything close at hand. The fact that my BackTpack had the weight evenly distributed on both sides made it much easier to keep my balance on the rough trail.”

The BackTpack is great for everyone, but is especially suited to people who are blind. You can wear it and still walk with a cane or guide dog with ease, and because the openings of the packs are under each arm, theft of valuable items is much less likely.

Consider doing yourself a favor this year. Sack that suitcase and try a BackTpack on for size. And speaking of size, when they say one size fits most, this is indeed true. It will fit all but the smallest children, but the straps are ample, and will comfortably accommodate those who are of nearly any height or weight. There is a YouTube video about how to fit the BackTpack, which has lots of audio content and is easy for anyone to follow.

If you have experiences with the BackTpack you’d like to share, like our hiker did, we’d be happy to receive them. Please email us at If you prefer, you can comment on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or join our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.


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