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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!

68 - A BookIt Sandwich

On the first of two short BookIt segments, she reviews the book Back in Control: a Surgeon's Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain

by David Hanscom M.D. It is available in Kindle and other electronic formats.

Then, in Let’s Eat, Peggy and Wayne are using the Instant Pot to prepare Sausage Kale Soup. Here is the recipe:

Ingredient List:

  • 1 pound chopped sausage (kielbasa or sweet Italian)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cup chopped kale
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

Method:

  1. Saute chopped sausage in the Instant Pot. Let the sausage cook for as long as it takes you to chop 1 onion and dice 3-4 carrots (stirring once or twice). Stir in the onions and carrots. Saute 3-4 minutes more.
  2. Stir in 1 cup uncooked brown rice, 2 C chopped kale, and 4 C chicken broth. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  3. Quick release the pressure and uncover. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp flour and 1/2 C heavy cream. Pour the cream mixture into the soup, stir to mix, and return the Instant Pot to sauté. Let the soup cook for about 5 more minutes, or until it begins to thicken.
  4. Salt to taste and serve immediately.

Lisa concludes the podcast with a look at another book: The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That's Smarter, Faster, Shorter by Martin Gibala. It is available on Bookshare, and in a number of readily purchased audio and text formats.

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