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!

What’s Your Temperature?

You’ve no doubt heard the announcements everywhere you turn. Apple has new gadgets, and so do Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, and too many others to name. For me, there are several things that make a gadget great, and I’ve recently found one I’m excited to share. It’s versatile, economically priced, not terribly techie, and usable with or without sight. It even speaks in six languages. The product is the HealthSmart DigiScan Instant Read Infrared Talking Forehead and Ear Thermometer for Babies, Children and Adults.

I found this thermometer because I was searching for something that would allow me to monitor my skin temperature. You can find out more about this, and the method I am using to increase circulation in my hands and feet, by listening to Podcast 51.

I have a standard oral thermometer, but it does not consistently monitor skin temperature, and takes nearly a minute. This new thermometer will give me the temperature in either ear and anywhere on my skin within two seconds.

This is ideal for taking the temperature of children, who are not always patient about being still. If you need to take your temperature regularly, you’ll appreciate the time you will save.

Some functions, such as date setting, are not possible without sight. Before you decide to buy, you can learn more by reading the manual from the manufacturer’s website, or listening to an audio demo I’ve done on the thermometer. This is one gadget I’ll surely be keeping around for a while. If you want to see some of the other healthful and helpful items we have found, come check out our Favorite Product Picks Page. A small portion of any shopping you do through the links on the page helps to fund our blog and podcast.

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