Fitness challenge helping those with vision problems meet exercise goals

Fitness challenge helping those with vision problems meet exercise goals (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Dozens of people in the Tri-State are teaming up for a very special fitness challenge,

The challenge is inspiring everyone to get off the couch.

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has formed a team with a very special member.

“There is a concert that I want to go see in Vegas,” said Jennifer Holladay, who is a participant in the fitness challenge. “I will not go see that concert until I have met some of my fitness improvement goals.”

Jennifer Holladay admits that getting outside to get in even better shape isn't easy, but with the help of Nora, her guide dog, she's navigating the obstacles.

“If it’s not safe for me to cross the street, she will stop and not let me cross,” said Jennifer.

Jennifer is making her own path to better health. She's one of hundreds in the past few months who have signed up for the “National Fitness Challenge.”

“I do hoola-hooping, I ride a stationary bike, I walk up and down the stairs at work,” said Jennifer.

The National Fitness Challenge is like no other. The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the Anthem Foundation are supporting it by giving every athlete a “Fit-Bit” with a program that speaks to track their own progress and keep people connected and offer support.

“We are all in this together and helping each other out,” said Chuck Geiger, a CABVI recruiter.

Part of the goal of this team is to dispel myths, that just because you have some kind of a disability doesn't mean you can't overcome it, all you need sometimes is a little extra help, and a little extra group support, and what a difference that can make.

“I'm a huge country music fan and my favorite is George Strait, and he’s only touring in Vegas, so when I meet my goal I will go see George in Vegas,” said Jennifer.

We do have a link to if you are interested in joining the challenge.

They are working toward a 5K race in August.

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