In episode #38 Kevan talks about the wonderful people he met at the NFB of Iowa state convention. Jessica and Kevan tell us about a trip they took with their friends from Achilles of Pikes Peak up Pikes Peak to Barre Camp. Jessica updates us about the National Fitness Challenge. The last race of the series is coming up on November 11 to celebrate our vets.
Jessica and Kevan welcome Kyle Rector to Find Your Fit™. Kyle is a Computer Science Phd. Learn more about Kyle at her website here. She tells us about a product she developed as a grad student called “Eyes-Free Yoga.” Eyes-Free Yoga uses a Microsoft Connect to assess the yoga pose or posture and tells you how to either correct your pose or if you are doing the posture correctly. She has Eyes-Free Yoga under a Creative Commons License so people can take the coding and add to it or use it to improve it. She would also like if other people that are excited about this to add more poses to the system. You can download the installer and get the code from her website at this link. Kyle has also developed ways for people who are blind to experience visual arts in a more accessible way. Learn more about this project called “Eyes-Free Art” at this link. Kyle is currently working on a project called ExerGames (short for Exercise Games), which allows both sighted and blind individuals to play the games together. If you would like to participate in any of Kyle’s research, you can email her here.
In Fit Chat, Jessica talks about some effects that music has on exercise and physical activity. Kevan has added another hobby, like he needs another. He has started drum lessons. Jessica talks about some research conducted by Dr. Costas Karageorghis. Music can help to get people into “the zone” or “flow.” It also helps with synchronicity and timing. Music has many positive effects for before, during, and after exercise.
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