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!

Good Health in a Can?

I never claimed to be a normal child, and this was evidenced one year when I asked for, among other things, a can of sardines for Christmas. I'm serious; I really did! I wasn't sure if I actually wanted to eat them, but I kept hearing about people and things packed in like sardines, and I wanted to see the magic for myself.

Maybe if we had realized how beneficial sardines really are, I would have not only gotten a can for Christmas, but might have found them on my family's table more often. I went hunting for more information after reading Mel's blog post, where she said she was eating more sardines to increase her calcium. I asked her how she was preparing them, hoping for some interesting new recipes to try. She has been doing what I have, which is basically eating them plain. So, I went on a little fishing expedition for both of us, and hopefully for some of you, to find out more.

Sardines are not one particular kind of fish, but can include about eleven different species such as herring, pilchard, sild, brisling or sprats. Because these fish are smaller when mature, they are far less likely to include harmful levels of mercury. Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin B12, selenium, vitamin D, COQ10, tryptophan and protein.

Sardines have the added benefits of being inexpensive, and easily transportable for healthy meals on the go. They are packed in various liquids and sauces such as water, olive oil, mustard or tomato sauce. Some people choose to avoid soybean oil, which is also an option, because it can cause problems for people with some conditions. I personally like the sardines packed in mustard.

While researching the ways people eat sardines, I was surprised at how many people were like me, and really didn't know what to do with them. Once I started reading suggestions, I realized to my chagrin that they are just fish, and can be prepared in the same ways you would enjoy any other fish. Here are a few I plan to try:

Mix with cream cheese with onion, and a dash of Tabasco sauce, and use on thins, crackers, or similar.

On a salad with vinaigrette or lemon.

Mash with Dijon mustard, minced onion, and spread on crackers or cucumber slices.

With garlic, stir-fry vegetables, and fried rice

With cilantro, lemon, salsa, or tomatoes to fill a warm tortilla.

As an accompaniment to tabouleh.

If you have a favorite way to enjoy sardines or other healthy fish, we'd love to hear from you.


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