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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!

Nothing To Do But Laugh!

Well, my intention for the blog post this week was to write about Hyper-mobility Joint Syndrome and how it can cause painful joints. Now that I am sitting down to write it, it just feels way too academic and frankly, boring. I am very interested in the topic and I think it is a subject worth addressing, but not today. I feel like laughing. I hope this post will make you laugh too. It is the best medicine after all.

I have a few stories for you which were inspired by a Face Book post. The person was fretting and laughing about what she called “a blind moment.” I am sure most of you have had those. I wish somebody would collect them and write a book. Of course, many of us would get mad if anybody laughed at them outside members of our own community.

Anyway, she had made the unfortunate substitution of stain remover for deodorant which caused a rash. The containers were the same and a switch happened that she was not informed about. Many people responded with their own stories. I got such a much needed chuckle from them that I decided to share a few of my own in hopes of brightening your day.

1. When my son was going to a summer camp, I put a can of beer in his lunch instead of lemonade. His grandparents were visiting and they brought cans of lemonade and beer, neither of which I ever kept in my refrigerator. I did not know the beer was there. I knew there was lemonade and I thought he would be surprised to find it in his lunch. Well, about 12:00 that day, I received a call from the camp counselor. He said, “There is a beer in your son’s lunch.” I started laughing because it struck me as so bizarre and funny. He did not know I was blind. I am sure he thought I was completely off my rocker. I told him what happened and the poor guy had no idea what to say. This struck me as even more funny. I must have been in a semi hysterical frame of mind being a young mother of two active boys. Anyway, he said, “What should I do with it?” I told him to drink it himself. This set us both off laughing because the whole circumstance was so unusual. It has made for a great family story for years now.

2. I put fabric glue in my dog’s ear instead of ear cleaner. This was not really funny at the time. We were having some rooms painted in our house and the painter was trying to be helpful. She was so proud that she had organized the things in my cabinet after the painting was finished. She said, “I arranged your bottles by size and shape so you can find them.” She also thought it looked so nice in the cabinet. I am sure you know where this is going. I had everything arranged by their uses not their size and shape. I reached to get the ear cleaner and naturally I grabbed the fabric glue. Fortunately, I realized almost immediately that something was not right. My son was there so I asked him to read the label. When I heard what he said, I freaked out! I rushed her to the vet where they had to sedate her to get it all out. I felt horrible. Fortunately, the vet was a good friend and he completely understood. He said he had seen much worse things. We laughed about it and we still do. Crying helps nothing.

3. I put chicken broth in my coffee instead of almond milk. I expect this one is pretty common. Usually, I smell things like that to make sure they are what I think they are. Somebody had arranged the refrigerator and messed with my system. I have also put orange juice on cereal. This has taught me not to assume that anything stays the same and that it is a good idea to pay attention. I suppose I could have labeled everything but sometimes I am lazy about that.

4. I put a package of ground meat in the pantry thinking it was cookies. This was not discovered until days later when interesting smells and flies were gathering. I must admit that this one was one of my very first “blind moments” and I cried instead of laughing. I was so embarrassed and I didn’t know what happened to the cookies which were special for some occasion I don’t remember now.

5. This one is X rated but it is priceless. I will spare you the most interesting details for fear of offending. I mistakenly chose a tube of toothpaste instead of spermicide which goes in a contraceptive diaphragm. This was way more exciting than I bargained for. I will leave this story to your own imaginations. After 35 years of marriage, it is still one of our best stories.

I could tell a few more but this should be enough to give you a little chuckle. Blindness has taught me to be present in my life. Meditation works great but there is nothing like experience to wake a person up from unconsciousness. Laughing with ourselves and others makes these potentially embarrassing moments much easier to bare.

I have heard that laughing and crying are the same type of physiological release . Sometimes nothing takes the place of a good cry but in these type instances, laughing is my choice. How about you? Can you laugh with yourself? Share some stories with us by commenting on Facebook or writing to us on our listserv.

I hope you have a very funny week.

Good health to you,

Mel

 

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