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!

Hands-Free Help

“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” Just about everyone is familiar with those words from the often-parodied Life Alert commercial. However, to those who do fall and need assistance, it’s no joke. Unfortunately, even if a person is subscribed to Life Alert or a service like it, there is no guarantee he or she will receive the needed help. This is because many people do not wear the pendant needed to signal for help. They often report that it gets in the way, or they are afraid of accidentally pressing it, and signaling a false alarm.

However, with the advent of modern technology, help is as close as your smart phone, Amazon Echo, or Google Home. If you enable the Hey Siri or always listening function on your smart phone, you can use the trigger word to ask it to call 911 or the emergency number in your country. However, having your phone listening all the time can rapidly drain your battery. If you have an Apple Watch, you can make an emergency call from that as well.

Google Home and Amazon Echo are not able to call 911 directly, but you can still use these devices to get help. Once you sign up with an Ask My Buddy account, you can link it with either device. You can then say, “Ask My Buddy to get help.” It will then send a prerecorded alert to the contacts you have designated.

You can also ask these devices to call a number in your contacts, and you can speak to a friend or family member directly.

For many of us, the idea of unexpected falls is far off. We don’t ever expect to need such help until a circumstance happens which makes it necessary. This is why having easy, hands-free ways to make an emergency call can be a valuable, potentially life-saving option for you or someone you care about.


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