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!

Who is Mel Scott?

Hi, I am Mel Scott, I was diagnosed at age 7 with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease which causes severe vision impairment. By age 11 I began learning braille. Today, I have a little bit of vision left. I can actually still use my vision to get around. But I prefer walking with Jingles, my guide dog.

So here is my story.

I had been whining and moaning for a long time about the fact that traditional at-home workout videos and DVDs were not accessible. When I was riding my stationary bike I got this “aha” moment. It said “stop whining and create it yourself.” My heart was pounding.

I immediately started working with a team of fitness instructors - as well as visually impaired music composers - to create a series of descriptive audio exercise workouts as part of my BlindAlive ™ Eyes-Free Fitness™ offerings. 

Within a day of my epiphany, I had a fitness instructor and Website developer in place. In the first nine months, we created six descriptive audio workouts, a Website, a blog, a podcast, a sound tag, as well as a voice on social media.

I still remain “hands-on” with all my products. They have to work for me before I give the final okay! You will note that there is a detailed exercise description to complement each workout, which I record myself.

When asked which are my favorite workouts:

I do all of them. I modify to whatever I feel like doing. They’re all my favorites. I told my husband, if nothing else, I’m going to have a very expensive library of workout programs I can do all by myself.

I hope these workouts appeal to sighted people as well, showing them that they don’t have to use their eyes for everything. If you are constantly looking at a video, it brings you out of yourself. But if you close your eyes, it brings you into your body and you become more aware of what is going on inside of you. I want to move the exercise and fitness world in different direction.

Mel Scott in Pose

Mel Scott in Pose

It’s all coming out of my head. These are all things I want. I’m doing this for me. This is what I want for myself. I know that other people would want them too, so I’m creating them for all of us.
— Mel Scott

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