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!

43 - Moving Freely

What do the number seven, new workouts, and all things Eyes-Free Fitness have in common? Mel brings them together and gets us started.
Lisa interviews Amy Bovaird, who has written Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith. Her next book, Cane Confessions: the Lighter Side of Mobility is due out this summer. You can meet Amy through her website and you can purchase her book, which is available in a variety of formats.
Do you have an Amazon Echo? Lisa walks you through some fitness and health-related skills for the Echo, and shares what we feel is some exciting news. You can now hear the Eyes-Free Fitness Podcast on your Echo if you enable TuneIn Radio. Just say: "Alexa, play Eyes-Free Fitness Podcast on TuneIn," sit back, and enjoy the latest episode. This is a brief demo of one aspect of the Echo's use. If you would like additional information, you can get help online.
There are several places where you can learn about the different models of the Amazon Echo, as well as how to use its many features. This list is by no means comprehensive.
Mystic Access sells a tutorial on the Echo for $39.00. While it was produced based on the standard Echo, about 95 percent of the information will apply. You can read more, listen to a sample, or buy the tutorial by visiting:
The Amazon Help site contains a complete index of articles using the Echo, either by itself, or with other devices.
The Love My Echo Blog is a great and interesting resource for newbies and long-time users alike. You can find it by visiting:

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