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!

11 - Expanding Horizons

Mel looks back on the previous year and shares what's in store for the coming year. She mentions a book the BlindAlive team is using: The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months. This books is available in many formats including Audible. If you've read and implemented the practices in this book, we'd love to hear your thoughts.
Lisa interviews Byron Lee about his involvement with Horizons for the Blind and their Directions for Me project in particular. To visit or order products from Horizons for the Blind, you can either visit their site or call the store to schedule a visit or request a catalog: (815) 444-8800.
To contact Byron directly, write to, or call (815) 444-8800 Ext. 216.
Mel arms us with knowledge about those all-important triceps and biceps in FitnessSpeak.
In Feedback Files, Lisa poses a question and invites you to share your thoughts. She also shares some basic information about the Fitbit, and plans to discuss this further in a future podcast.
You can leave feedback or ask questions via the contact form
You can also follow Mel or Lisa on Twitter.


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