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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!

A Better Everyday Bag

Hi all,

A few days ago, Lisa and I were talking about wanting a smaller bag for everyday use. We both love the BackTpack® for carrying lots of stuff when traveling, but for ordinary everyday, something smaller is better.

I am a little nutty about organization, and I am not easy to please when it comes to bags. I want lots of different sized pockets, and something that allows for good posture is a must. The bag Lisa discovered is the perfect fit.

There are eleven pockets in all, unless I missed one. There are six on the outside of the bag. These outside pockets are great for phones, doggy necessary bags, and all kinds of objects you might want to reach in a hurry. There is a larger zipper pocket which accesses the two larger inside pouches. These are slightly padded to protect your tablet or any other midsizegadgets. The side pockets are the right size for a water bottle, cane or umbrella, and I like to put a very light sweater in the largermain compartment. There are even more pockets inside these big pockets. I have my collapsable dog bowl, sunglasses, wallet, and a few other odds and ends in these. I know exactly where everything is without fumbling around.

I chose the microfiber material because it is very light. I detest a heavy bag. There is a large variety of colors and sizes. Lisa and I got the small size, which we like very much. It is quite large, even though it is designated as Small, and would be a practical option for either men or women. She got a black one and I got green.

I am all about balance in all things, and this bag allows for that. It is designed in such a way that allows it to be worn over one shoulder or across the body, which is the healthiest way to do it. What I like the best though is that it can be worn on either shoulder without compromising access to all the pockets. It can also be slung to the back or to the front for comfort. I alternate the way I wear it so as to keep my body balanced. It is really a brilliant design.

We decided that this Ameribag Healthy Back Bag passed the BlindAlive Favorite Product Pick test. We have a link for you that will take you directly to it. There are lots of choices in materials, colors, and sizes so you can have fun shopping.

For more of our favorite things, check out our Favorite Product Picks Page. You will find my favorite water bottle and Lisa’s favorite hot and cold pack, among many other goodies. The items on this page are items we use and highly recommend.

Shopping on Amazon through the BlindAlive website helps support our work, and we hope it helps you too.

We’ve blogged about many of these products to give you a better idea about how each one looks and functions. Lately, we’ve reviewed Pharmaceutical Grade Melatonin by Just Potent, the NeckEase and the HealthSmart DigiScan Instant Read Infrared Talking Forehead and Ear Thermometer for Babies, Children and Adults. If you’ve purchased and used one of these products, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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