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!

29 - Why Can't We Serve?

On Podcast 29, Mel invites friend and former guest Marty Klein back to talk about his most recent venture -- Why Can't We Serve? For more information, you may visit the website, contact Marty via email, or visit the FaceBook page. Marty is also the creator of Listen to Mel's interview with Marty about Blind Yoga, visit the Blind Yoga website, or or check out a presentation on YouTube.

In Let's Eat, Peggy gives us tips for cooking quinoa and a recipe to try. It is recommended that you listen to the podcast for a complete explanation, then read the below text for more information.
Instructions for cooking quinoain the microwave.
Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve (very important, since raw quinoa has the residue of a natural, bitter substance called saponins).
For each cup of grain add 1-1/2 cup waterand microwave on high for 12 minutes.
Outcome will vary with microwave wattage. Addone to three more minutes if needed.
Quinoa and Corn Pealaf
(Note: You can microwave the quinoa for this recipe as described above, or cook it using the below steps).

Reprinted from The Five Ingredient Vegetarian Gourmetby Nava Atlas.

4   TO   6   SERVINGS
1 cup quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve
1/2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 cups cooked fresh corn kernels (from 3 medium ears) or one 8-ounce package thawed frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Two revered ancient grains in one simple, tasty dish.
1 Bring 2 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Stir in the quinoa, cover, and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
2 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wide skillet. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until golden. Stir in the corn kernels and continue to saute until the onion begins to brown lightly.
-   Stir the cooked quinoa into the corn mixture along with the cumin, and season with salt and pepper. If a little more moisture is needed, stir in a small amount of water, and serve.
Quinoais a rediscovered food of ancient South American origin. Once the staple nourishment of the Inca culture, it’s technically not a grain but the seed of an herb-like plant. Now grown in the American Rockies (replicating the harsh terrain of the Andes, where it once thrived), quinoa is still considered a specialty grain, thus, it is somewhat expensive. Nutritionally, though, you get a lot for your money—quinoa is considered a ”super food” for its superb nutritional profile, which includes high-quality protein. Quinoa cooks to a fluffy texture in about 15 minutes and has a mild yet distinct flavor.

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