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!

55 - Uplifted

Lisa and Mel chat about the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind Convention, and how nice it was to meet many of our listeners. They gave away a  Redpepper Waterproof Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker with Audio Tutorial in conjunction with Mystic Access, a sponsor of this podcast. Congratulations go to Cathy Long, who won this speaker and tutorial.

The deadline to share your health journey in BlindAlive’s writing contest has been extended to November 15, 2016. You can read all the details in this blog post.

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Mel and Lisa round out their discussion by sharing some exciting changes to the website. Most notably, you can now order multiple items at once. Also, when you place an order, you can choose the zipped VERSION OF YOUR FILES to download on an iOS device. To do this, you will need a player capable of opening these files. Lisa recommends Voice Dream Reader in particular for its accessibility and overall ease of use. Our sponsor, Mystic Access, OFFERS A TUTORIAL THAT WALKS YOU THROUGH THIS APP, and of course, you can contact us for help placing and downloading your order.

Next, Mel chats with Neil Ewers about the Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker. There is a wealth of information about this pot, and the accessible app that powers it.

You can visit the manufacturorer’s website for recipes and additional information.

Our friends at BlindBargains have done a review of this pot, and so have the fine folks at the Cooking with the Hazelnuts show.

If you would like even more recipes, Bookshare has several titles on Pressure Cooking, and Hip Pressure Cooking, the book referenced in the app, is available through Kindle.

Lisa concludes the podcast with a Bookit segment. This time, she discusses The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

It is an enlightening, down-to-earth, science-based book, and is available through Bookshare, Audible, and anywhere books are sold.

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