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!

Comfort Food Reinvented

I wanted a hamburger last Friday night so much. I wanted fries and a pickle too. I also wanted a full-bodied, hoppy IPA with it. In case you don’t know, an IPA is a type of beer with a distinctive taste. I was feeling like I deserved a treat, so I ordered all of it. I did make sure the beef was pasture fed and locally sourced to reduce the guilt factor just a little.

Well, I ate, drank, and was merry -- sitting outside listening to loud insects singing in the trees and having a nice conversation with my husband. The pleasure lasted until I ate the last bite, and then it was totally gone. My stomach blew up and my energy dropped. I felt like I had eaten a cannon ball. The pleasure I experienced just before was not worth it.

The holiday weekend is coming upon us fast, and I am planning a lunch for my family. I know the usual Labor Day menu is hamburgers, hotdogs, and on and on. I won’t make that mistake again. My menu this weekend is going to be just as tasty and satisfying, and without the pain or guilt. Maybe you would like to try this sometime yourself.

I will have corn on the cob. I no longer butter or salt it, but go ahead if that makes you happy. That takes the place of French fries. Just boil it for a few minutes according to what your ancestors dictate. We always argue over boiling time, so I dare not give specifics.

The main event will be a bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado sandwich with hummus to spice it up even more. I might throw some fresh basil or arugula on it if we get it from the farmers market. All this goes on sprouted bread. Ezekiel is a brand of sprouted bread that is pretty easy to find these days. Sprouted bread is higher in protein and more easily digested. It takes some getting used to, but now I love it. They have English muffins too. Of course, I will make sure the bacon came from a happy pig, and our sandwiches would taste fabulous without the bacon too.

I hope to find a water melon with seeds so we can spit at each other. I remember I used to put salt on my watermelon, but not anymore. I also remember spiking the watermelon, but that is a secret.

For dessert I will have a peach pie. There really isn’t a choice. The peaches now are out of this world. I will most likely find a crust that is oat based. I will provide ice cream but I will pass on that myself.

I know for certain that I will feel much more comfortable after eating this than I did last weekend. “Comfort food” never really did make me feel comfortable in the end.

If you have a favorite healthy comfort food recipe, why not pass it along?

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