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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!

Strawberry Season

It’s my favorite time of year… strawberry season! These naturally sweet treats shine in smoothies, shortcakes, salads, and desserts. I wanted to share a favorite recipe, which is both delicious and versatile. You can use it as a framework by varying the flavors and ingredients to suit your tastes.

You can find all the particulars, plus nutrition information, for one variant of this recipe at the Health.com website.

Here’s how to make Strawberry-and-Arugula Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

  • In a bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • And 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Add 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered, and 1/3 cup sliced red onion, and toss gently, and let stand 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly coat a seasoned cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan with olive oil cooking spray, and heat over moderately high heat. Add 4 thin slices prosciutto (about 2 ounces) in one layer, and cook, turning, about 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate to cool; crumble and reserve.

Place 6 cups baby arugula (about 5 ounces) in a large serving bowl with 2 ounces goat cheese or feta, crumbled; add the strawberries, red onion, and balsamic dressing, and toss gently until just coated. Divide the salad among 4 serving plates, and top evenly with the cooked prosciutto.

You can vary the greens, the fruit, the cheese, the dressing… There are so many possibilities! No wonder that for many, strawberry season is the best one of all!

 

 

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