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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!

61 - Encouraging the Body

This time on the podcast, Mel chats with Lawrence MacLellan. He is a reflexologist from Canada who has been doing this work for twenty-four years. Don’t miss this fascinating interview.

Unfortunately, the particular book he mentioned by Kevin and Barbara Kunz is out of print. However, you can find other books by them, and on reflexology in general from Bookshare, Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, and anywhere electronic books are sold.

Then, Peggy is joined by her daughter for “Let’s Eat.” This time, they’re making an apple cake recipe from Pampered Chef.

The recipe follows:

THIS APPLESAUCE CAKE HAS ALL THE FLAVORS OF FALL - PLUS A SIMPLE HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE! 

INGREDIENTS

·                    Cake

·                     Oil for brushing pan

·                    1 red apple such as Gala, Braeburn, or Fuji

·                    1 pkg (15.25 oz or 515 g) spice cake mix

·                    1 ½ cups (375 mL) unsweetened applesauce

·                    Salted Caramel Sauce

·                    ½ cup (125 mL) pure maple syrup

·                    2 tbsp (30 mL) butter

·                     Coarse sea salt

 

DIRECTIONS

   1    Brush the bottom and sides of the Rockcrok® Everyday Pan with oil using the Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush

   2    Core the apple using The Corer™. Cut the apple in half crosswise, then slice the apple halves using the Simple Slicer on the #3 setting. Cut slices in half. 

   3    Starting at the edges of the pan, carefully arrange the apple slices, slightly overlapping, in the bottom of the pan. 

   4    In a large bowl, whisk the cake mix and applesauce until blended. Spoon the batter over the apples and spread evenly.  

   5    Microwave, covered, on HIGH for 10 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the microwave, uncover, and let stand for 10 minutes. 

   6    Place the syrup in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until small bubbles form, stirring occasionally. Add the butter; stir until butter is melted. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  

   7    Remove from the heat; let cool 15-20 minutes or until thickened (similar to the consistency of honey). 

   8    Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter. Just before serving, drizzle with the caramel and sprinkle with salt. 

Yield: 12servings of 1 slice

Nutrients per serving: Calories 210, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 300 mg, Carbohydrate 43 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 2 g

Cook's Tips:

To prepare in a conventional oven, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Follow steps 1-4 as directed. Bake on center rack for 32-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and loosen the edges of the cake. Cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a platter. Prepare the sauce as directed while cake is baking; continue as directed. 

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