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!

47 - It Could Save Your Life

Welcome to Podcast 47! At the time of recording, Mel is at ACB, and Lisa devotes the podcast to a single topic. Just a reminder that there is still time to sign up for the newsletter and enter our summer contest. Simply subscribe from the main page at
Lisa interviews George Drees, a search and rescue specialist and full-time firefighter, who served in the aftermaths of several recent emergencies. He talks about what kinds of medical information is helpful to first responders, what is not, and what kinds of things can jeopardize your security.
Thanks to Mystic Access, creators of tutorials to fast-track your learning, for their sponsorship of our podcast.
Next, Lisa discusses two options for medical identification which can be used by someone with little or no sight. Lauren's Hope sells engraved necklaces and bracelets, and has some higher fashion items. This would be a good solution for those with a relatively small amount of medical information that does not generally change.
Keep Me Safe ID sells necklaces, bracelets, shoe tags, collar tags, and other items which are imprinted with QR codes. Once the code is scanned, it provides access to information the user has placed on a secure site.
QR Reader for iPhone by TapMedia LTD is a free app which will read QR codes should this ever be needed.
Below are some notes which might be helpful for those filling out a Keep Me Safe ID profile:
When you receive your information, it is filled in on a form and may have underlines before or after the information. Be sure not to copy these.
For some reason, when you copy the website that is given, it will not work if you do this from the Run Dialog in Windows. Instead, first open your browser and paste in the address.
When you enter your address, there are not separate fields for city, state, etc. Just type the first line, press enter, and continue typing the address before moving on to the next item.
The information you are asked to provide refers to a child. If you are filling this out for yourself, disregard this reference.
Once you choose to edit your profile, you will need to log in again.
Passwords must be at least 8 characters, 1 number, 1 lower case, and 1 upper case.
You will know you have filled out the information successfully when you see the text: "Your Membership Registration is Complete."

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