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!

66 - Mix and Match

Mel starts out the podcast by thanking listeners for voting for her Holman Prize entry. We’ll be sure to let you know when we have any additional results.

Mel and Jennifer Kern talk about the new Barre Method Level One workout: who it’s for, what it’s like, and many more. If you would like to contact Jennifer, you can visit her website for more information.

Peggy is back with “Let’s Eat,” and this time she’s talking about cauliflower, which is much more versatile than you might think.

Lisa closes out the podcast by sharing some helpful tips for finding older episodes and playing podcasts online.

Cauliflower recipes shared by Peggy:

Miracle Mashies

  • One 12-oz. russet potato
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 tbsp. fat-free half & half
  • 1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
  • Optional seasoning: black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, peel and cube potato.
Add cauliflower and cubed potato to boiling water. Once returned to a boil, reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes and cauliflower are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes, (or microwave for five to six minutes.)

Drain and transfer cauliflower and potato to a large bowl. Add half & half, sour cream, butter, and salt. Thoroughly mash and mix.

You can mix in a blender.


5-Ingredient Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
Recipe by: Christina from The Blissful Balance

This healthy spin on "Fried Rice" is the perfect side dish to any meal.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 Eggland’s Best eggs (large), scrambled
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce, or more as you need


Clean and chop cauliflower head into florets.

In batches, using your food processor, pulse until ‘rice’ is formed. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil.

Add in cauliflower and vegetables. Cook for about ten minutes, or until fragrant.

Add in eggs and cook, stirring together until well-combined.

When eggs are cooked, turn off the heat.

Serve topped with sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, or chopped scallions.

Cauliflower pizza


  • 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. (I like to put it on a towel to get all the moisture out.) Let cool.

In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.

Add desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee

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