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!

Creating A Truly Good Morning

This year I am changing my morning routine. Actually, I should not even use the word “routine” because I resist doing anything the same way twice. I have been known to say, “I hate routines and schedules.”

Well, I have decided to grow up just a little more this year. It is time to acknowledge, reluctantly, that all the books about morning routines are a good idea. If you Google “Best Morning Routines” you’ll get over ten million results. I have read a few books on this topic, but one of the best is The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life - Before 8AM Written by: Hal Elrod. I think in order to do what I say I want, I needed to make some changes and have a plan.

So, here is my plan:

• Wake up by 6:00 AM or maybe earlier if so inclined.
I am giving myself a range so I don’t rebel.

• Read a chosen meditation book.

I am now reading Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred by Mark Nepo. So, I turn on my Victor Reader Stream and listen to it, in bed, in the dark. This makes for an easy transition. This book has a meditation and journal questions.

• Think about the journal questions and then write for a while.

I open the Pages app on my phone and dictate everything. There is no need for this writing to be beautiful because it is only for me. I set a password on the document. I simply add my input to the same document every day. At the end of the year, I will be able to easily read the entire document.

• Check e-mail inbox and delete what I don’t want to act on, and save what I will respond to later. This is a quick process and it gets my Inbox ready for more work later in the day.

• Check Facebook, Twitter, and various news apps. I may send a Tweet about an article or post on Facebook. I also engage with people interested in BlindAlive at this time.

• Stretch in bed and then get up.

• I have my coffee and a green smoothy most mornings, and lots of water.

• Exercise begins at 9:00 AM. This is non-negotiable. Everything up to now has been fluid. I choose my workout according to how I feel or what workout BlindAlive is creating at the time. I exercise for one hour.

• Between 10:00 and 11:00 AM I meditate in silence, shower, and make my lists for the day.

• I begin the bulk of my BlindAlive work for the day by 11:00AM.

This is the plan I can live with for now. Of course, I left out every single little detail but that would be too much information.

This may sound leisurely for some of you and rigorous for others. There is no correct way to create your perfect morning. What is important is that you create a morning that moves you toward your goals in a way that you can sustain.

I am curious to hear about your morning. You can reach me at, or if you are a Facebook fan, connect with BlindAlive there by commenting on our Facebook page, or join our BlindAlive Community on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter.

I hope all your mornings this year are peaceful and productive, that is, if that is what you want. Big smile.

Good health to you,
Mel Scott,
Creator of Blind Alive, LLC


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