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!

49 - Time for a Change

It’s Podcast 49, and Mel and Lisa have lots to share. Mel talks about a recipe she made, and references a blog post:

The Best Summer Lasagna Ever!

Congratulations to the winners of our summer contest. Both of them chose the PenFriend 2 Labeling system.

Lisa mentioned a great resource for creative PenFriend uses. Unfortunately, this no longer seems to be available online. If you have creative and/or healthy uses for this device, you can contact us using any of the links at the end of the show notes.

Everyone who subscribes to our newsletter is a winner. Now, all current and future subscribers will get a free Relaxation audio download. To sign up for the newsletter, just visit our main page.

Continuing with the theme of relaxation, Mel and Lisa discuss changes to the Relax Plus app, and the fact that you can now enjoy additional free audio through the app. To listen to Lisa’s review of the app, check out Podcast 44. To learn more about Andrew Johnson and his work, visit his website.

Thanks to Mystic Access for their sponsorship of this podcast. In addition to their excellent tutorials, they offer Bluetooth speakers that can be the ideal companion to power your workouts.

In the newly revived BookIt segment, Lisa reviews the book Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies - How What We Eat Defines Who We Are by Sophie Egan. We have linked to the book via Audible, but it is also available on Bookshare, and nearly anywhere books are sold.

Mel rounds out the podcast with a FitnessSpeak on another body fluid. This time, she’s talking urine, and what it can say about your health.

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