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 Cracker?

I admit it; I love crackers! They’re crunchy, and they come in lots of flavors. It’s easy to grab a handful on the run, or add my favorite toppings. Unfortunately, the snacks I enjoy don’t necessarily love me back. Many crackers contain lots of unhealthy ingredients. Maybe you’re trying to eliminate salt, refined flour, or fat from your snacking regime. The crackers you choose might not be the ones I like. Along with individual nutritional choices, there’s also taste to consider. Rather than telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat, my aim is to provide some helpful and healthful guidelines we can all use as starting points.

If you’re on a quest to find out what’s in your favorite cracker, or what healthier options might be available, I can’t recommend the Directions for Me site highly enough. They have a multitude of products, and it’s easy to find directions, preparation instructions where applicable, and serving sizes.

If you want to get information on some of the crackers rated highest for healthfulness and taste, Consumer Reports recently published The Healthiest Crackers for Snacks and Parties and Eight Healthy Cracker Toppings to Try This Holiday Season. Some of these sound so decadent or just plain different, I can’t wait to try them for myself.

Another strategy that works for me when I want a larger amount of crunchy topped goodness than I know I should have is to mix it up a bit. I’ll have some topped crackers, and will also add the same or different toppings to cucumber slices. They’re roughly the same size, give me that satisfying crunch, and provide a healthier option.

If you have healthy ways to enjoy crackers and toppings, we’d love to hear from you. Use the form on our website to be in touch. Happy, healthy snacking!


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