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Zest: Healthy Mind Healthy Body

Welcome to the health and fitness section of Zest - our community platform for young people who are blind or have low vision.

Keeping physically and mentally healthy is something we all need to keep in mind and is always an ongoing process. This is a space to talk about your gym tips, healthy cooking skills and even your wellbeing techniques.

Keeping your body and mind in shape and ready for all eventualities can be slightly more difficult when blind or vision impaired but you’d be surprised what’s on offer and what other people have figured out along the way.

Don't be shy - start sharing now!


Register for Participate Vision Australia here or login here

  1. Add your comments to the forums, start a new forum or ask a question below
  2. To suggest content please contact the admins at zest@visionaustralia.org

For one-on-one support on getting active or staying healthy, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org.

or call us on 1300 84 74 66.


*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

Welcome to the health and fitness section of Zest - our community platform for young people who are blind or have low vision.

Keeping physically and mentally healthy is something we all need to keep in mind and is always an ongoing process. This is a space to talk about your gym tips, healthy cooking skills and even your wellbeing techniques.

Keeping your body and mind in shape and ready for all eventualities can be slightly more difficult when blind or vision impaired but you’d be surprised what’s on offer and what other people have figured out along the way.

Don't be shy - start sharing now!


Register for Participate Vision Australia here or login here

  1. Add your comments to the forums, start a new forum or ask a question below
  2. To suggest content please contact the admins at zest@visionaustralia.org

For one-on-one support on getting active or staying healthy, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org.

or call us on 1300 84 74 66.


*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

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    Hey all! I’m Jane, President of Achilles Brisbane, a group which was created out of an informal parkrun group. Parkrun is held on Saturday mornings in communities across Australia and elsewhere, and participants walk, jog or run 5km in different locations. Our group is based at South bank parkrun, however we have a presence in other Brisbane locations including New Farm, Kedron and Redcliffe. 

    We support individuals who have low vision or who are blind, or have vision and hearing loss, to get involved in running and walking through the assistance of guides. If you would like more information, please feel...

    Hey all! I’m Jane, President of Achilles Brisbane, a group which was created out of an informal parkrun group. Parkrun is held on Saturday mornings in communities across Australia and elsewhere, and participants walk, jog or run 5km in different locations. Our group is based at South bank parkrun, however we have a presence in other Brisbane locations including New Farm, Kedron and Redcliffe. 

    We support individuals who have low vision or who are blind, or have vision and hearing loss, to get involved in running and walking through the assistance of guides. If you would like more information, please feel free to email Barbara at achillesbrisbane@gmail.com or see our public facebook page, Achilles Brisbane, where you will find public info about our group and join the closed group for more information from that page. 

    This is a recent ABC article done about our group:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-27/guides-help-vision-impaired-athletes-stay-active/9587030?pfmredir=sm Check it out! 



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    Vision Australia ambassador Jess Gallagher is the first and only Australian athlete to win both winter and summer Olympic medals. In this video, Jess talks about adjusting to having low vision, as well as her love of sport.

    You can watch the video here.






    Vision Australia ambassador Jess Gallagher is the first and only Australian athlete to win both winter and summer Olympic medals. In this video, Jess talks about adjusting to having low vision, as well as her love of sport.

    You can watch the video here.






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    Some of you may already be familiar with the BlindAlive.com website, which offers a variety of audio workout programs that are designed to be fully accessible.

    The website’s founder, Mel Scott, has recently written a blog post with her top tips on taking a group exercise class if you’re blind or have low vision. You can check out the full article here.

    Are group exercise classes your thing? Do you have any tips or tricks of your own that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

    Caitlin – Vision Australia.

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    Some of you may already be familiar with the BlindAlive.com website, which offers a variety of audio workout programs that are designed to be fully accessible.

    The website’s founder, Mel Scott, has recently written a blog post with her top tips on taking a group exercise class if you’re blind or have low vision. You can check out the full article here.

    Are group exercise classes your thing? Do you have any tips or tricks of your own that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

    Caitlin – Vision Australia.






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    Thought I'd share this. It is an Australian site that allows you to indicate what kind of needs you may have  and find someone to assist based on mutual interest, location, personality. The premise being that support workers aren't forced on anyone and that getting along matters. Check it out. Can help for things like personal care, transport, going out and doing activities in your community like events or even some kind of assistance at home that you may need from time to time.
    https://hireup.com.au/

    Thought I'd share this. It is an Australian site that allows you to indicate what kind of needs you may have  and find someone to assist based on mutual interest, location, personality. The premise being that support workers aren't forced on anyone and that getting along matters. Check it out. Can help for things like personal care, transport, going out and doing activities in your community like events or even some kind of assistance at home that you may need from time to time.
    https://hireup.com.au/

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    Hi, my name is Keely, I am 21 and I'm vision impaired/ legally blind due to a brain tumour. I recently have broken my femur quite badly and from that I have had to be in a wheelchair. Which is really hard for me because I am usually quiet an independent person, although I still live at home I was wondering if there were any tips or ideas to make it easier for me and my family for me to get around and for people to recognise that I'm also vision impaired when out and about?

    Hi, my name is Keely, I am 21 and I'm vision impaired/ legally blind due to a brain tumour. I recently have broken my femur quite badly and from that I have had to be in a wheelchair. Which is really hard for me because I am usually quiet an independent person, although I still live at home I was wondering if there were any tips or ideas to make it easier for me and my family for me to get around and for people to recognise that I'm also vision impaired when out and about?

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    I don't know about everyone else, but when I first walked into a gym I was pretty intimidated and totally unsure how I could get myself around what seemed to be a minefield. I do know some other people who are blind or VIP that feel the same. For me, I quickly realised that given all the equipment, there is usually a pattern to the layout of every gym. Treadmills are usually in a line, bike machines etc. That gave me straight lines to work with. It was strange just how easy the navigation of the whole place came together....

    I don't know about everyone else, but when I first walked into a gym I was pretty intimidated and totally unsure how I could get myself around what seemed to be a minefield. I do know some other people who are blind or VIP that feel the same. For me, I quickly realised that given all the equipment, there is usually a pattern to the layout of every gym. Treadmills are usually in a line, bike machines etc. That gave me straight lines to work with. It was strange just how easy the navigation of the whole place came together. The fact is that most gym equipment can't be moved easily so the likelihood is the machine you used last time will be in the same place as last time. Luckily for me, the staff were also pretty cool about me putting bump on dots on some of the gear that didn't have defined buttons. 

    Anyone else have any tips in terms of navigating a gym and using it's gear?

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    Read about our peers and our peer support program at the following link. If you are struggling with vision loss our trained peers  can provide  a 1 on 1 support experience. We try to match Our peers  on age group, hobbies, eye condition or common interest where possible. Read more by clicking the following link and navigating to the (Read about our peers heading)   http://www.visionaustralia.org/services/connecting-with-others/individual-support


    Read about our peers and our peer support program at the following link. If you are struggling with vision loss our trained peers  can provide  a 1 on 1 support experience. We try to match Our peers  on age group, hobbies, eye condition or common interest where possible. Read more by clicking the following link and navigating to the (Read about our peers heading)   http://www.visionaustralia.org/services/connecting-with-others/individual-support


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