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The BlindShell Classic 2 Accessible Cell Phone Adds the BARD App to its Growing Library of Apps! Welcome Back, Bari Azman and Diane Ducharme from BlindShell USA
Jan 5 2023
The BlindShell Classic 2 Accessible Cell Phone Adds the BARD App to its Growing Library of Apps! Welcome Back, Bari Azman and Diane Ducharme from BlindShell USA
Jeff Thompson and Pete Lane  once again welcome Bari Azman and Diane Ducharme, of the BlindShell USA company to the Blind Abilities studios to share an exciting announcement with our listeners! In this episode, Barry and Diane reveal a new app that has been recently added to the BlindShell Classic 2 app catalog. This is an app That they have been working hard to secure in their arsenal of available applications. It has also been the single most requested app from all BlindShell classic 2 users with whom they have come into contact, whether in blindness conventions, trade shows, emails or phone calls. Can you guess which new App this is?  Well you’ll find out soon enough when you jump into the podcast - It’s BARD Mobile! Go ahead and dive right into this short but informative podcast that will unveil this great new app to BlindShell Classic 2 users, or potential users.  This is just the kind of addition to the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible phone that will help you make up your mind to get this amazing device! Pete and Jeff conduct their typical in-depth interview with Barry and Diane, to completely cover all aspects of the BlindShell classic two phone and the brand new app! The folks at BlindShell have made it easy to get started with Bard. Just go to: www.BlindshellUSA/Bard  to find all the necessary links to get going. And for all things BlindShell, go to their web site at https://blindshellusa.com.   Thanks for Listening! Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093
FocusOnFitness 5: Spinning the Exercise Bike and Timing that Interval Training. Episode 5 of the FocusOnFitness Series
Jan 4 2023
FocusOnFitness 5: Spinning the Exercise Bike and Timing that Interval Training. Episode 5 of the FocusOnFitness Series
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this Focus On Fitness episode, Maria and Jeff talk about Spinning and Biking. Yes, this involves a machine or a bike mounted on a stand, however, we want to provide some information to you so you can determine if this form of exercise is for you. We both agree that Spinning is a great calorie burner and most of all, gives them big muscles a good workout. Interval training is when one does some bursts of speed or resistance to a steady pace. Like standing up and pedaling hard during a commercial as you watch TV while spinning. Maria and Jeff find a few ways that keeps them focused on fitness and focused on the exercise without getting lost in the show or the music. It is important to keep the focus and get the best out of your hard work. Full Transcript Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Thanks for Listening! Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093
FocusOnFitness 7: Dumbbells - Used in Sets or Individually. A Very  versatile Hand-held Piece of Equipment. Episode 7 of the FocusOnFitness Series
Jan 3 2023
FocusOnFitness 7: Dumbbells - Used in Sets or Individually. A Very versatile Hand-held Piece of Equipment. Episode 7 of the FocusOnFitness Series
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this Focus On Fitness episode, Maria and Jeff talk about the use of Dumbbells to exercise and keep those muscles toned and defined. A Dumbbell is a hand-held weight ranging from a pound to a huge amount of weight for body building. We are talking about the lighter end of the spectrum, from 2 pounds to 15 pounds. These affordable and easily stored Dumbbells can be used for various motions to isolate and focus your workout to specific muscles. From the Curl for bicepts and triceps to the presses and lifts for shoulders and lats, Maria and Jeff go over a few to get you going on toning up them muscles. Full Transcript Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Thanks for listening! Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093
FocusOnFitness 6: Creating Space and Setting the Stage – What’s Under Your Feet? Episode 6 of the FocusOnFitness Series
Jan 1 2023
FocusOnFitness 6: Creating Space and Setting the Stage – What’s Under Your Feet? Episode 6 of the FocusOnFitness Series
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this Focus On Fitness episode, Maria and Jeff talk about Creating your space and setting the stage for your exercise routine, yoga session and ensuring your free to exercise while keeping your space safe and free from obstacles. May it be a rug or a yoga mat, the tactile surface will keep your whereabouts in mind and you can feel safe to conduct your full exercise without getting disorientated. Maria talks about the space and how diffusers can bring about a setting fit for relaxing and setting the tone for Pilates or yoga. Music playlist from your smart devices can keep that drive going throughout your workout as well as video workouts. Hey, the music and instruction is sometimes audio friendly and once again, keeps you rockin' and rolin'. Full Transcript Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Thanks for listening! Episode Web Site
FocusOnFitness 4: Stretching – The Windmill is a Great Core Building Exercise and a Great Way to Give that Core a Good Stretching. Episode 4 of 7 in this FocusOnFitness Series
Dec 31 2022
FocusOnFitness 4: Stretching – The Windmill is a Great Core Building Exercise and a Great Way to Give that Core a Good Stretching. Episode 4 of 7 in this FocusOnFitness Series
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this episode, #4 of 7, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff introduce us to the Windmill. This is a full core exercise and is something you can use to get a good stretch to the legs, hips, back from a standing position or from a sitting position.  By holding your arms straight out from side to side and reaching across towards your opposite toes. Then back again and repeat on the other side. Slow and steady goes a long way with this Windmill stretch and can become an exercise when done in repetition. Full Transcript Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles You know core exercises are good for you — but do you include core exercises in your fitness routine? Here's why you should. By Mayo Clinic   And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093
FocusOnFitness: Walking – A Good cardio and Aerobic Exercise That Helps the Large Muscles, the Heart and Lungs. Episode #3 of 7 in this FocusOnFitness Series
Dec 30 2022
FocusOnFitness: Walking – A Good cardio and Aerobic Exercise That Helps the Large Muscles, the Heart and Lungs. Episode #3 of 7 in this FocusOnFitness Series
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In episode #3 of 7, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff talk to  us about Walking. Whether using a guide with a tether or on the treadmill, walking is one of the best exercises available. Making a walking routine part of your weekly schedule is one of the best choices one can make when it comes to your heart, your lungs and it can really be a good time to converse and even take in a good audio book. That is, if you are on a treadmill.   Check out all of the  Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles You know core exercises are good for you — but do you include core exercises in your fitness routine? Here's why you should. By Mayo Clinic    And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Thanks for listening! Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093
FocusOnFitness 2: Squats – Build Stability and Working the Leg Muscles, Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Calves. 2 of 7 in this Series
Dec 29 2022
FocusOnFitness 2: Squats – Build Stability and Working the Leg Muscles, Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Calves. 2 of 7 in this Series
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In episode #2 of 7, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff introduce us to Squats. This is where you lower your hips from a standing position and then stand back up. Maria and Jeff want you to be safe and suggest hanging onto a stable fixture when exploring the movement of a Squat.  This is to give you an idea of the motion that a Squat consists of and to give you a sense of the group of muscles involved.   Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles You know core exercises are good for you — but do you include core exercises in your fitness routine? Here's why you should. By Mayo Clinic   7 Health Benefits of Plank Exercises (+5 Plank Variations You Should Know)    And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Thanks for listening! Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093
FocusOnFitness: The Plank – Build Stability and Working the Core Muscles. Episode 1 of 7 in this Series.
Dec 27 2022
FocusOnFitness: The Plank – Build Stability and Working the Core Muscles. Episode 1 of 7 in this Series.
FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this episode, #1 of 7, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff introduce us to the Plank. This is a full core exercise and is something you can build upon over time. Take your time and feel the entire body come together to keep that plank position steady and strong. Start with 10 seconds, drop to the knees if need be, it all counts. Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know. You can find Maria on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind and follow her blog on the web at GirlGoneBlind.com.. You can find Jeff on Twitter @KnownAsJeff and check out more podcasts with a Blindness perspective on the web at www.BlindAbilities.com.   Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles You know core exercises are good for you — but do you include core exercises in your fitness routine? Here's why you should. By Mayo Clinic   7 Health Benefits of Plank Exercises (+5 Plank Variations You Should Know)    And remember: Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. This is especially important if you or your family have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition, and to determine whether to perform or adapt any of the exercises  in this Focus on Fitness episode. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately  and contact your doctor or health care professional.   Thanks for listening! Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093