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!

62 - Gluten-Free

Lisa starts things off with a number of announcements. She explains how to access show notes, then points listeners to a podcast she did on Applevis of the Pedometer++ app. To get the app, you can follow this link.

On February 19, Mel will be part of a free webinar about starting a business as a person who is blind. To learn about this event, and to sign up, you can visit the launch page.

Next, Mel interviews Kathy Strahan and they discuss options related to gluten-free eating. To obtain a free copy of Kathy’s book on the topic, please visit her website.

On this week’s BookIt segment, Lisa reviews two books by Brian Wansink -- Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We think, and Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. You can obtain copies of these books through Bookshare, Audible, and anywhere books are sold.

As of February 28, 2017, we are discontinuing the BlindAlive Facebook Community group, but will absolutely be continuing our BlindAlive Facebook page. We invite you to socially interact with us there. The good news is that we are going to replace the Facebook Community Group with an e-mail chat list. This will provide a more accessible way for us to give and receive support. To subscribe, just send a blank email to or visit our group on the web.

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