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!

Blendtec Blender is My Favorite

In the past week, I have gotten several questions about blenders, so I thought I would tell you about my experiences.

Eight years ago I decided I needed to get super healthy. I had a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 which motivated me to want super nutrition and I wanted it fast. When I get anxious, I tend to stop eating, but I can usually manage to drink healthy shakes. A blender seemed like the best answer. I had no intention of messing around with anything that was inaccessible or of low quality.

My sons set to work researching, and I asked for recommendations. The Vitamix was mentioned often. I knew it was a top of the line blender but my son noticed that the Blendtec had buttons that I could feel. Honestly, I think my boys were intrigued by the crazy videos which showed the Blendtec grinding cell phones and all kinds of other improbable things. The deciding factor was when my son called the company and told them my story and that I was blind, they were super nice and described everything in great detail to me. I was sold.

I chose to get the home version but it was not cheap. I fell in love instantly, and I get a thrill from it eight years later. I use it almost every day. I feel like I am flying a plane. It is so powerful and it blends everything into a smooth consistency no matter what it is. I throw in whole lemons, whole carrots, nuts, seeds, and raw beets, apples, and on and on. My sons wanted to grind a cell phone, but I would not let them.

A few years ago I decided to get a second jar so I could keep a shake in the refrigerator and still have an open jar for making other things like nut butters, soups, and dips. Last year, I ordered a new jar because I had worn out the blade. I have never had one bit of complaint about the blender. It is absolutely my most favorite thing in my kitchen.

I link to the blendtec blender on the Favorite Product Picks Page and I highly recommend it. If you use this link to purchase one for yourself, a small part of the price will benefit the work of BlindAlive.

I checked BlendTec’s website and all the manuals are there with clear instructions. You can call them, and they will help you.

I am sure there are other fabulous blenders, but this is the one I know and love. Mine is eight years old so there may have been some model changes. I suggest you call them to make sure it is what you want.


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