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!

The Blind Community Is Set On Edge By The Holman Prize

A few weeks ago I received a couple of emails from people saying I should enter the contest for The Holman Prize. The first one I quickly deleted, because I automatically dismissed myself as a possibility. When the second one arrived, I decided to take a look. My mind started whirling but I did not act on it -- mostly out of fear. I left it in my inbox though, so it kept coming up to the top.

I began to fantasize about how I could use the $25,000 to travel to more conferences where vision impaired people gather. I let my mind wander over the possibility that I could reach many more people than I originally thought. It crossed my mind that I could have an assistant with me which would make traveling more effective for BlindAlive, and much less stressful for me. The fantasy kept growing.

Finally, about three days before the deadline for entry, I had a great big therapy session with myself. I told myself that playing small helps nobody and I would regret not stepping out of my comfort zone. I am well aware that in order to expand my edges, I need to push on them. I pulled on my super woman attitude and set about making the 90 second video which I had to upload to YouTube.

Once that was done, there was no turning back.

There will be 3 prizes awarded. The person with the most votes both on the Candidates' page and on YouTube will automatically have one of the three spots. Will you help me get that spot? All you need to do is follow the links and select “Like” on the Candidates' Page and/or YouTube.

Voting has been extended, and now closes March 14. If you have trouble and would like to hear a walkthrough, you can listen to a short demo on how to vote.

This is a huge stretch for me on so many levels and I appreciate your support.

Thank you,
Mel Scott

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