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 On Your Keyring

It's likely we've all heard the famous Capitol One question: "What's in your wallet?" The assumption is that if you have their card on hand, you have what you need for emergencies and eventualities. Today, I'd like to pose a different question: "What's on your keyring?" With the investment of a little time and even less money, you can be sure that, from a health standpoint, you are ready for anything.

What I'm going to discuss is important, regardless of whether or not you are technically minded. I propose keeping important health documentation on a thumb drive, and attaching it to your keys for easy access whenever and wherever you need it. Of course, you don't have to go high tech, but it can make your life considerably easier. I find that with print files, things often go unidentified, get mislabeled, or never get filed in the first place. Maybe you are more organized and less "print stuff averse" than I. If that's the case, just keep the info in whatever format works for you.

If you are responsible for the care of another person, you will want to have the important info for him or her as well. You don't need a second drive; you can simply create folders for each person.

At present, my folder contains five items. If you have additional suggestions, we would welcome the opportunity to hear them and to share them with others. My own toolkit contains:

  1. A Living Will. These documents can vary widely, but having a living will can help determine the scope of care you receive if you are unable to speak for yourself.
  2. Power of Attorney Document: If you have designated a power of attorney in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself, you should include this document. These first two documents generally require some kind of signature or notorization. As a result, you will want to scan and save these documents as images. You can always use OCR to view the document yourself, but the ones you have for others should be in some sort of image format.
  3. Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals with Patients who are Visually Impaired: We blogged about this comprehensive document, and I find it valuable to share with hospital professionals.
  4. An Updated Medication List: There are a few important keywords in that item. First, a medication list isn't going to do much good if it's not up to date. Whenever you begin taking a new medication, add it to the list, and change the date to reflect the change. For example, the title of my current medication list says: October 27,2017 Medication List for Lisa Salinger." Also, if you've noticed, I call it a medication list, not a prescription list. This is because over-the-counter meds and supplements can react in unexpected ways with prescription medications, and it is important to list all of them. I first list prescription meds, then over-the-counter meds, and finally supplements. I put each category under a heading so it can be easily located. Each item should contain the name of the medication, the dosage, and the frequency and times of day it is taken.
  5. I don't necessarily need to keep this last document on my thumb drive, but it fits with the others, and so I do. As I have questions I want to ask my doctor, I write them down here. I may not update this document for months, but I generally look over it and make any changes before going to see my doctor.

We never plan for unexpected things to happen. This is why being prepared regardless can be so vital to maintaining good health and making it possible for needed treatment to be given as soon as possible. If you have any comments on this or any other post, please contact us; we’d love to hear from you.


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