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Guest Post: Blind People Can Exercise!

Blind People Can Exercise!’

Article by Mel Scott originally published on July 23, 2014 at BlindAlive.

Image of sneakers, hand weights, scale and exercise ballAccording to officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Half of the 21 million Americans who have a disability don’t exercise, and that lack of exercise is jeopardizing their health… Among these 11 million inactive adults are people who … have problems seeing… Many of these disabled adults are able to exercise, but don’t do so regularly or at all.” ( HealthDay Reporter on TUESDAY, May 6, 2014.)

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be included in the 11 million disabled people who live a sedentary lifestyle. It is challenging enough being part of the 21 million who are considered “disabled”. Blindness is no joke that is for sure and there are countless tasks I encounter every single day that I wish were easier but I CAN EXERCISE!

Now for the big confession, I do not like going on long hikes with rough terrain, swimming laps in a pool with lots of other people, nor do I like going to a gym with machines and loud noises. Are you getting the picture? Many of the kinds of fitness programs that are enjoyed by sighted people make me anxious: I’d rather not do them. Fortunately, I don’t have to cause myself more stress. I CAN EXERCISE at home with my own stuff in my own space.

Blindness and low vision really have very little if anything to do with whether or not you feel good in your body. Bodies require movement to stay moving. It is up to us to take charge of our bodies and MOVE IT! So, let’s start a movement to get blind people moving!

And starting small is just fine. And the more you move the more confidence you will build: I promise! It is time to inspire and encourage each other to do what we can do even if we need to start by just wiggling our toes.

That is why I created BlindAlive: a completely described, eyes-free exercise program for everybody who wants to be part of a different club: the healthier, stronger club.

Mel Scott Founder and President, BlindAlive.com
mel@blindalive.com

22 thoughts on “Guest Post: Blind People Can Exercise!

  1. I’m so glad we found each other’s blogs. I’m visually impaired. I’ve been so since birth. I have damage to my optic nerve. I’m very blessed, I see well enough. However, I’ve never been able to drive. You are an inspiration.

    1. Wow, I’ve got goosebumps Tosha! I felt the same way when I first went to your blog. I had no idea that we would have the shared experience of vision impairment even though mine happened later in life. At least I was able to experience driving not as long as I should have (it’s a long story, didn’t get my license until I was 30). But I had a good 15 years of enjoying the privilege of driving. You are an inspiration as well and I’m so glad to have met you and look forward to reading more of your work.

      1. Serendipity for sure. I hope you have a lovely weekend. I look forward to reading more from you xo

      2. Thank you Tosha, and you have a wonderful weekend as well.

  2. Kudos to you. I’m a bit of an introvert myself. We live in the country, so I enjoy rugged walks with my guide dog, but now that he’s getting older, I’ve reincorporated stairs into my life – 50 flights yesterday, 30 so far today. I also stand at the computer – better for preserving bone density. Blessings.

    1. Wow 50 flights of stairs, that’s something Donna. My aunt stands at her computer as well, it’s something I should have considered years ago as it would force me to step away from it more frequently.

  3. I am visually impaired and a lot of the things you describe make me nervous too. Like public gyms. I am a little shy in new places because it can be hard for me to learn my way around. I really appreciated this post.

    1. Hi Matt, thank you for commenting. I will pass your message on to Mel.

  4. Important stuff! Exercise is crucial (whether “disabled” or not) but we all need to find something that works for us and that we enjoy enough to stick with. Great program, thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Caroline, thank you for reading.

  5. Great program! As with many things just making the decision to get started gets the ball rolling. People are amazed how much better they feel – mentally and physically – if they put in even a small amount of time and effort working out their bodies.

    1. You are so right Bruce! I’m in a slump at the moment but as you say, when I get on an exercise program I almost feel unstoppable. Getting started is key.

  6. An inspiring post, indeed!

  7. Very nice guest post! What a great idea to have this program! Very important issue for everyone!

    1. Definitely Lynz and the nice things about “eyes-free” fitness is that anyone can take advantage of the program.

      1. yes that is so cool! thanks for sharing this!

  8. You have addressed very important issue! I am glad to hear that there are programs developed for people with disability that helps them to continue taking care of their health and appearance!

    1. Amen to that! Mel does great work ensuring that taking care of our health is a number one priority. She’s a pioneer in creating an “eyes-free” fitness program to eliminate the “I can’t see so I can’t exercise excuse.”

      1. Indeed it is great work!!!!! I think many people would be very thankful to her!

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