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Getting in the Swim

By this time of year, we’re all longing for sunshine and outdoor activities. My favorite way to spend a sunny morning is to take a long and brisk walk with my dog guide Dora from Seeing Eye. Even better is to have a destination, like a coffee shop, but sometimes just walking a variety of routes around my neighborhood can be relaxing and a good way to sort out problems, work off some irritation, or think of how I want to write the next chapter in my book. Road Block But since September of last year, a chronic back problem has prevented me from walking without a great deal of pain. The only exercise Dora has been getting is a game of fetch in the backyard, which requires me to only throw the


“Good Health to You": Blind Alive, Eyes Free Fitness

Editor's note: January is always a time for New Year's resolutions, and maintaining a healthy life style should be at the top of your list! Read what Peer Advisor Lenore Dillon has to say about Eyes Free Fitness. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Can Be Challenging Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging for anyone, especially for individuals who have vision loss. Physical exercise seems to be the missing piece of the puzzle when we embark upon a fitness program. Many people lack the confidence to start exercising, as it is difficult to emulate the instructor. Find Out What Mel Scott Is Doing to Promote Good Health <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.ashx?ImageID=8760" alt="Woman with yellow lab guide


Shared Vision Quest Coast-to-Coast Ride: Interview with Mike Robertson

"Dream Big or Go Home!" Mike Robertson Mike Robertson has a big dream that nearly got lost. "I always loved the freedom and exhilaration I got from riding my bicycle, and I wanted to go across the country. That all changed 20 years agomy vision got worse, a crash on my bike shook my confidence, and I lost my driver’s license. I climbed into a deep depression." Photo courtesy of Hans Breaux Shared Vision Quest is the resurrection of Robertson’s dream, as a coast-to-coast bicycle ride he started June 25th with his cycling partner and co-visionary,


Keeping Your Balance Through Outdoor Bike Riding

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein Editor's note: In the New Year we all make promises to ourselves about coming up with a new weight loss plan or exercising more. Beckie Horter, new VisionAware peer advisor, describes her joy in bike riding and how she does it. Feeling Out of Balance To keep moving is not always an easy thing for people with vision loss to do. While we may want to stay active, and may even seek it out, our vision oftentimes interferes and spoils our best-laid plans. I discovered this firsthand after central vision loss left me legally blind in my mid-thirties. Along with


Stay Active and Keep Your Sense of Adventure Alive at Hull Park

Editor's note: It's Active Aging Week. The theme this year is Explore the possibilities. Audrey Demmitt explores a new possibility and writes about it in a post that is a great testimonial to the ways we can all keep active and explore our sense of adventure. The word recreation really is a very beautiful word. It is defined in the dictionary as the process of giving new life to something, of refreshing something, or restoring something. This something, of course, is the whole person. Hans Geba My Adventure at Hull Park The old adage


Physical Fitness: Move More, Sit Less

You may have heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking,” but what does this mean exactly? How does it affect me and what can I do about it? Impact of Increasingly Sedentary Lifestyles Researchers have been studying our increasingly sedentary lifestyles for years to determine the impact on our health and mortality. With advancements in technology, people are sitting more and moving less. From sitting during our daily commute, sitting in the office or on our computers, sitting to watch television…you get the picture. It is actually making us sick and killing us. The World Health Organization has determined physical inactivity is the 4th leading


Ways You Can Exercise If you are Blind or Visually Impaired

We are continuing our theme of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Even though there may be a few added challenges for people who are visually impaired to get exercise, we need to make it a part of our daily lives. This can be done with the right information, creativity and motivation. VisionAware Peer Advisors share their routines and ideas in hopes of inspiring others to pursue greater levels of physical activity and achieve the associated health benefits. Let’s make fitness a priority, together. Audrey Demmitt, Georgia <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=5496"


Ski for Light Focuses on Abilities Not Disabilities

I just returned from the 2015 International Ski for Light event in Granby Colorado. It was an amazing week of cross-country skiing under big, blue skies in the Rocky Mountains. We enjoyed well-groomed trails, sunny days, beautiful snow, and crisp mountain air. The best part though was connecting with a group of inspiring people. About Ski for Light Ski for Light is a non-profit organization run by all volunteers, which enables visually impaired and mobility impaired individuals to enjoy a week of skiing with a personal guide. There were 100 skiers with disabilities including blindness, visual


Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Beep Baseball and the Atlanta Eclipse Team

Written by guest blogger Judy Byrd, Manager of Atlanta Eclipse Beep Baseball Team, and Volunteer with the Georgia Blind Sports Association and the Beep Kickball Association The Beginning of the Atlanta Team In March of 2010, the first practice of the Atlanta Eclipse Beep Baseball Team took place with about 15 players and 8 volunteers, most of whom knew little to nothing about beep baseball. We all joke about it today, recalling that it was definitely the "blind leading the blind" since neither the players who were blind nor sighted knew what they were doing! What Is Beep Baseball? Beep baseball is an adapted sport for people who are


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