by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern
New Year’s Day has passed and we are deep into January. By now, many people who made New Year’s resolutions have abandoned their plans, which is probably why January 17th is known as Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day, as noted in the Days of the Year listing. However, for those of you who resolved to be happier and healthier this year and are still committed to that goal, some helpful exercises for your body and mind can be done from the comfort of your own home. The Blind Alive Eyes-Free Fitness Program was invented and recorded by Mel Scott, who was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease at age seven. As an adult, she sought to create a fully accessible workout program for those with low or no vision. Ms. Scott worked with certified fitness instructors to create, test, and describe each exercise so that anyone listening may follow the simple step-by-step directions for an effective at-home workout. If you are interested in a free, at-home workout, check out the program on Youtube by watching the introductory video: What you need to know about the Eyes-Free Fitness channel and how it works. Playlists on the Eyes-Free Fitness YouTube channel cover everything from food education and healthy recipes, to different types of exercise such as balance, boot camp, cardio, and pilates. If you are new to at-home workouts or want to refresh your memory about them, there is a video containing sample workout and exercise descriptions to assist you. For more playlists featuring the exercises listed above, check out the playlists page of the Eyes-Free Fitness YouTube Channel here. For more information regarding the BlindAlive workout program, visit the BlindAlive Facebook page.