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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!

Going To Minneapolis

Convention season is upon us. It was two years ago when I tentatively launched BlindAlive at the American Council of the Blind Convention. I got a table for an hour before the general session started. I think they called it “The Market Place”.  My friend and staunch supporter, Lynne Maleeff, her husband, her sister, and my husband cheered me on. We even turned on a workout and did it at the table. It was pretty funny. It wasn’t much, but it was a beginning.

It has been two years now, and my life is very different. At that time, I had no idea that cancer would rise up again. I had no idea that this fire that burns in me would stay bright. There have been days when I felt like giving up, but that feeling only lasted a day or so. My desire to make fitness accessible to all of us keeps pulling me forward toward a time when we are all included. The fitness craze is for all of us, not just those who can see a video or a teacher standing in front of a class, and it isn’t just for those who can afford a private trainer.

In the past two years, my little team and I have created twelve well-described exercise programs ranging from cardio to yoga. It has been a labor of love for my community and myself. The fire is as strong now as when I started. My goal is to bring modern tools to a community who deserves to be included! It is time that we have quality choices! I want choices for all of us so much, I can taste it!

From July 1st through July 6th BlindAlive will be in Minneapolis, this time with a real booth in the exhibit hall. It has been quite a ride these last two years, and I can’t wait to meet the people with the voices I have heard over social media. If you are there at ACB, please come visit me. You are the reason I do what I do and why I love doing it.

If you are going to NFB, stop by and say hello to Peggy and Wayne at the Healthy Fair on June 30.

And if you’re enjoying the convention coverage from your home, or not paying any attention to either one, I’d love to hear from you on social media. You can say hello on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.