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!

Where Am I Now? How Did I Get Here? Where Am I going?

I adore these questions! They are three components  of what I call “a curious lifestyle”. Curiosity is what pulls me to be and do more than I ever thought possible. Curiosity keeps the questions coming and what compels me to stretch myself toward the answers. It is both a delightful way to live and frightening as well. In order to find the answers, I often am required to “pull up my big girl panties” as we say in the south, and step out into unknown territory

Every year  at this time I spend several days in reflection of the past year. My journal is pulled up and I read it all the way through. If you have ever done this, you know it can be embarrassing. It also shows me to myself. Sometimes I am even proud of what I have accomplished.

I could take this blog in many directions but I am going to try really hard to keep the focus on where I am in relation to BlindAlive. That shouldn’t be too difficult since my four year old company weaves in and out of my thoughts almost all the time. Writing this helps me tease out where I stop and the company begins.

Where I am now is a place I have previously visualized in my mind. In this exact moment, I am sitting on a bed with Jingles my guide dog cozied up beside me. This is my home office with studio microphones, lights, and lots of tape on the floor so I know where to place them. I intended to create an office for myself this year and it happened. It is well known that if an intention is solidified in your mind, it is very likely to occur. I didn’t know exactly how it would manifest, but with much help, it turned out just right.

The biggest accomplishment happened exactly three weeks ago when the Eyes-Free Fitness® app hit the app store. It was Thanksgiving Day when an e-mail landed in my Inbox saying, “Congratulations From  Apple! Your app is in the app store.” I was crazy with excitement! My husband laughed at me for laughing so hard. We pulled out a bottle of bubbly to celebrate. This was something I have been dreaming about for over two years. This too was a solid intention held by Austin Seraphin, our app developer, Chris Cox, our web developer, Lisa Salinger, Director of customer support, details and sanity, and Nicolay Kreidler, business coach and motivator. All of us needed to hold this intention together in order to see the app in the app store by the end of this year. We did it!

This year has also seen the creation and production of several new programs such as the Balance Series, the foam roller workout: Let’s Get Stable, and The Whole Body Stretch. There will be one more announced in a week. It has been a satisfying year over all.

Where am I going?

Well, I can’t tell you exactly where I will end up but I have some strong intentions. My goal is to create more programs of different types which will help all of us reach our own personal goals. I plan to continue improving the Eyes-Free Fitness® app. I plan to reach many more people who might have the desire to gain confidence, strength, flexibility, and trust in their own bodies. I want more than anything to help people understand that their body is their most precious possession and that an investment in it is an investment in a more satisfying future. I plan to create more tools that will enable individuals to set their own solid intentions and to have the support they need to see them through. This time next year, we can all look back and hopefully feel good about where we have come together.

I am incredibly grateful for all the support BlindAlive and I have received over this past year. Thank you, every single one of you.

I invite you to hold with me the strong intention to create a healthier body where I find joy and satisfaction for many more years.

I wish good health to you and a peaceful new year.

Mel Scott


BlindAlive - Creator of Eyes-Free Fitness® - Doylestown, PA 18901

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