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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!

On the Level

If you’ve ever done any reading about portion control or even taken a home economics class in high school, it’s likely that you’ve come across information about the importance of “leveling off” items that you measure. If not, or if you’ve slept since then, here’s a brief summary:

When measuring ingredients, you need to remove the excess from the cup or spoon. This will ensure that your recipe turns out right if you are following one. If you’re measuring something you’re going to eat without putting it in a recipe, you want to use a level measure so you can better control your portions. If you measure a heaping cup or a heaping spoon of something, you can nearly double the calories you are consuming.

I used to have a wonderful set of measuring cups with lids that slid across the tops and automatically leveled themselves. Unfortunately, they are no longer being made. Also, there was no equivalent for measuring spoons. For years, I leveled my cups and spoons by running a butter knife across the top of the surface. Sometimes, this worked beautifully. Other times, I found I had difficulty holding the cup or spoon straight while leveling it.

I went searching for solutions and found Dreamfarm, a company that makes self-leveling measuring cups Levups and measuring spoons Levoons.

There’s quite a lot to like about these devices, including that all are nice and deep for the amounts they hold. Both the cups and spoons come in sets of four. They can either be stored separately, or the whole set snaps together. Squeezing the handle allows a small, straight device to cross over the cup or spoon and level it off neatly. I could use the spoons easily with just one hand, but needed to use the other hand a bit when leveling the measuring cups.

If you are a fan of unique kitchen gadgets, and easy portion control is a priority, you will find both items listed on our Favorite Product Picks Page.

Also, if you have any other helpful portion control or leveling tips, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a line – we’re always happy to hear your ideas!

 

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