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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!

48 - Classic Green

Mel starts Podcast 48 with a story from ACB, and a thank you to all those who stopped by the booth.
She then interviews Barb Seiden of KickSmart Swimming about her work with people with various disabilities. They talk about many wonderful ways to stretch, strengthen, and tone in the water. They talk about a website for ordering various types of water gear and Barb recommends Swim Outlet.
Thanks to Mystic Access for their sponsorship of our podcast. If you need tutorials, training, or audio equipment, visit them at www.MysticAccess.com.
In "Let's Eat," Peggy Fleischer is joined by her daughter, Sarah. They demonstrate making one particular smoothie, but give suggestions that apply to any combination of ingredients. For the smoothie they made, you will need:

  • 1 banana,
  • 1 pear,
  • 1 cup soy milk,
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter,
  • Crushed ice: from a handful to about half a cup.

If adding oats or seeds to your smoothie, grind them in the blender first. Add fruits and greens, and blend for about 30 seconds. Add all other ingredients except for ice, and blend for about 2 minutes. Then, add ice and blend for about 30 more seconds. You may need to scrape the sides of the blender each time, depending on the ingredients you are using.

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