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!

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Goldilocks and the Three Balls

One sunny day, Goldilocks decided it was time to get in shape. Actually, it was past time. After all, sitting in all those chairs, sampling all that porridge and lying in all those beds had some serious consequences.

Under cover of darkness, Goldilocks made her way out of her house, and to the local fitness store. It's sad but true -- some people never learn. If only she had gone during the day and asked a helpful salesperson, or if she had done a little research, she would have been much better off. Then again, if she had, you would not be reading this cautionary tale.

She went to the section where stability balls were already inflated and on display. It should come as no surprise that there were three sizes. Being a creature of habit, Goldilocks started with the largest ball.

"This ball is too big!" she screeched. It was too large for her to sit properly, with knees at hip level. Because she could not balance properly. In any case, she fell down, and broke her... Never mind, for that is an entirely different story.

Next, not willing to repeat her mistake, she tried a ball at the opposite end of the spectrum. This was only partially effective, for while she did not fall, she could hardly move. "This ball is too small! My knees are almost touching my ears, and it may take all the king's horses and all the king's men to get me back on my feet," she groaned.

At long last, she managed it, and cautiously made her way to the third ball. "This ball is just right!" She exclaimed in wonder. "This is exactly what I need."

We can only assume that Goldilocks got in shape using her new stability ball, but  we may never know for sure. For at that precise moment, two Papa-Bear-sized policemen showed up and took her for a little ride. However, this is only a fairy tale, so Happily Ever After is probably a safe assumption.

To live your healthily ever after in the real world, we suggest you consider the following when using or buying a stability ball.

If you already have a ball, and you're not sure what size it is, or if it is the right size for you, stand next to it. The top of the ball should come to your kneecap, or slightly above it. If you don't have a ball and you wish to buy one, BlindAlive recommends the ones sold here: BlindAlive Recommended Stability Ball on Amazon. There is not complete agreement on the exact height requirements for each ball size, but the following guidelines are generally used:

Under 5 feet: 45 CM

5 feet to five feet six: 55 CM

Five feet six to six feet: 65 CM

Six to six feet six: 75 CM.

Six feet six and over: 85 CM.

Please note: The stability ball recommended by BlindAlive comes in 55, 65, and 75 CM. If you need the 45 or 85 CM options, there are plenty of other stability balls that come in these sizes. The ball we recommend comes in a variety of colors. These colors are for cosmetic purposes only, and will not affect your use of the stability ball.

Finally, many people who are overweight express concerns that they will not be able to use a stability ball. In fact, while this type of workout is well-suited to all types of people, it is ideal for those who are overweight. Be sure to check the weight limit on the ball you wish to purchase.

If you have any questions about the Stability Ball Workout, or about finding the ball that's just right for you, please contact us from the BlindAlive Contact Us Page and we'll be happy to help.

Studio Day: Producing Stability Ball Body And Boot Camp

We did it! What a day it was!

Yes, I was a bit anxious going into the day because there were a lot of moving parts to orchestrate. Of course, there was no need for my worry because all 8 people and Annabelle did exactly what they needed to do to make it run smoothly. John at Sweet Creek studios and Zak, my podcast editor, sat behind their controls and spoke a foreign language. Lynne and I made sure the descriptions were on target and Lark helped Shana get the timing right for each workout. Shana, as always was a pro. She makes it all seem easy and fun. She has a natural ability to motivate and describe at the same time. Later in the day, my son brought Annabelle up along with a professional photographer so we could document the day. I feel so fortunate to have such a great team.

2014 has certainly been one the most fun years of my life. We have 6 descriptive workouts with many more in my head. I look forward to doing my part to get people to feel good in their bodies and more confident in the world. I had lots of help and I am so grateful.

May your holidays be peaceful and good health to you.

Mel Mel Scott BlindAlive, LLC Founder and President Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Boot Camp, Stability Ball, and Pilates Are Up Next

Can you believe it? If all goes as planned, there will be 7 descriptive workouts on the BlindAlive website by the end of this year. When I think about it, the grin starts at my toes and moves through my whole body. Shana Maleeff has done an incredible job naturally describing the exercise flows with Cardio Level 1and2 and Sculpting With Weights Level 1 and2. I am sure that when we go into the studio on December 20th that the Boot Camp and Stability Ball workouts will go just as smoothly. It helps to work with a pro. I feel so grateful to have Shana on the team.

Today I interviewed a pilates instructor and she is going to be great I just know it. She took me through a very basic pilates routine. Some of the descriptions will be challenging but I am confident we can do it. Pilates, for those of you who do not know, is designed to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles primarily. These are known as the core muscles. These muscles support the main frame or trunk of your body. It is essential that these muscles be strong in order to walk tall and fluidly. Low back pain can often be eliminated by doing these simple and powerful exercises. We will create 3 pilates workouts. One with the pilates ring, one without, and one in a chair. I am so excited about these new workouts I am about to lift off the ground! For real.

Over the next few weeks, I will be talking about the different workouts. I will provide more details so you can decide which ones will be best for you. I will have the extra equipment which is minimal, available for you on the website or links will be provided to get what you need.

Meanwhile, Cardio Level 1 and 2 and Sculpting With Weights Level 1 and 2 are ready for you to download now. CDs are also available with an e-mail to me through the website. They will all be offered through Amazon very soon as well.

You probably know by now what I like to say and I will say it over and over.

Respect yourself first and you will get respect in return. Respect your body by investing in it. A workout is a small investment with huge returns. The holidays are coming. Don’t wait for somebody else to give you a gift. Get something for yourself that proves to your body that you will take care of it. I think there is no better feeling than a body that is as strong as you can make it.

I am pretty wound up today because I am doing exactly what I set out to do this year. Will you do this with me? Let’s get healthier together. Mel Scott BlindAlive, LLC Founder and President Facebook Twitter LinkedIn


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