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!

40 - Intuitive Healing

On Podcast 40, Mel interviews Ann Bliss about her background, her book, and her journey to intuitive healing. They reference books titled The Writer’s Life and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. You can write to Ann at

Next, Peggy and Wayne make homemade soda bread in “Let’s Eat.”
Please continue reading for an excerpt from Ann’s book, and the soda bread recipe shared by Peggy.

Excerpted from Infinite Hope: A Self-Healing Guide Inspired By My Journey Through Blindness Into Inner Vision by Ann Bliss
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Stress Elimination!

Did you know that stress is the leading cause of Alzheimer’s as well as many other disorders?  It suppresses our immune system, which leaves us wide open to all types of illnesses. It has been shown to curtail our lives by 9 to 14 years! Fortunately, stress is usually manageable and avoidable.  Try the following suggestions for a stress-free, healthier future.

  1. Determine what is initiating your stress and try to avoid it.  It is frequently fear or worry: neither of which we can control, since they are most likely in the past or in the future.  We only have power over the present moment.  When entering a stressful situation such as work, try cloaking yourself with God’s infinite love.  See that love spreading into any stressful situation and enveloping those around you.
  2. Letting go:  Whatever the situation or thought was which created the stress, it is not serving you to hang on to it.  Try rolling your eyes counterclockwise, which is to the left, several times.  Be sure you are seated while doing this.  Feel the emotion or situation pass all of the way through your body and back into Mother Earth to be absorbed.  You may also wish to transfer your stress to your spiritual creator to handle.
  3. Breathe:  Our breath massages all of our organs and slows down our thoughts.  Take a deep cleansing breath in and let it out slowly and fully.  Do this until you feel yourself start to relax.  The best way to inhale is from your abdomen rather than from your chest.  You may wish to put a hand on your stomach to help direct the in and out flow.  Progressive relaxation exercises may also help.  Begin with your face, tense the muscles, hold for twenty seconds and release.  Do this all of the way down your body to your toes.
  4. Imagery:  Imagine yourself doing something you love such as sitting in the sun, listening to music, enjoying wonderful scenery, holding an animal, or being with family and friends.  See it, feel it, and experience it.
  5. Exercise:  Whether you choose walking, aerobics, stamping your feet, pounding on the table, dancing, lifting weights, or doing push-ups, the physical movement may help reduce stress.
  6. Music:  Play whatever music lifts your spirits.  It is a great idea to create a playlist or CD with music that brings you joy and peace.  It will then be available when you need it.  In addition, listening to nature sounds soothes your being.
  7. Aromatherapy:  Find a scent which makes you feel good and breathe in the fragrance.  It may be an essential oil, a fruit, perfume, or flower.
  8. Avoid negative thoughts especially about yourself.  Replace them with affirmations such as:  “I love myself.”   “I am wonderful.”  “I am amazing.”
  9. Smile at yourself in a mirror, as well as in public.  Laugh every day, even if it is forced.  Laughter is a great stress-buster as well as “the best medicine.”
  10. Pray and feel the presence of God in your heart and soul.  Notice your stress ebbing away.
  11. Meditate to clear the chatter in your mind.  Center your being, relax, and heal.
  12. Absorb the grounding energy of the earth.  Walk barefoot, hug a tree, lie in the grass or swim.  If that is not always practical, carry crystals with you.  The dark ones such as Obsidian, Jasper, or Hematite are best for this.  Transport them in your pocket or purse for holding, when needed.  Refer to the book: Earthing by Clinton Obrey for other methods of grounding.
  13. Soak in an Epsom salt or bubble bath.  Add your favorite aromatic oil and relax.
  14. Journal:  When you are feeling stressed, write or draw whatever comes into your mind: no matter how silly, crazy, or negative.  This may release emotions which are held inside you and leave room for love and light.
  15. Avoid listening to the news if it causes stress.  Most of it is negative and manipulative.

Irish Soda Bread

(Recipe from Mr. Food, shared on “Let’s Eat”)
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, melted, divided
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except 1 tablespoon melted butter; mix just until moistened. Pour into the cake pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Brush the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter then cut into wedges and serve warm.

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