Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

Learn More About Pilates Chair with Ring

Pilates Chair with Ring CD Art

Pilates Chair with Ring CD Art

Pilates Chair With Ring was designed by Edye Fisher-Discount. The entire routine is performed while seated in a chair. The Pilates ring provides resistance while pressing the foam handles together, apart, or against another body part. It is so simple and yet so effective.

Combining correct breathing technique and resistance with the ring creates muscle strength in the core and entire body. The ring is easy to carry anywhere.

Jason Castonguay composed a delightful music track which supports the voice of Debbie Hazelton as she describes every position for you.

You may purchase a ring here or find one in most stores where fitness equipment is sold.

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Fitness Descriptions Provide More Detail

These detailed fitness descriptions are in addition to our audio programs. They explain in more detail the exercise movement, as well as modification, in both audio and text format. They were created by a blind exercise advocate to make the exercises easier to understand and provide a more in depth workout experience. Below is just a sample of a few movements in this workout program. Fitness descriptions are included with every workout.

Exercise List

1 - Introduction, 2 - Correct Pilates Breath, 3 - About the Ring, 4 - Double Arm Press Out, 5 - Double Arm Squeeze In, 6 - Biceps Press, 7 - Triceps Press, 8 - Hamstring Stretch and Strengthen, 9 - Outer Thigh Press, 10 - Inner Thigh Squeeze, 11 - Abdominal Press, 12 - Oblique Press, 13 - Final Thoughts

Sample Exercise Descriptions

3 - About the Ring

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Text Description:The Pilates ring carried by BlindAlive is a 15-inch ring. You do not have to have a ring this size. If you have a smaller ring, this will work as well. The ring BlindAlive carries is a good option because the foam on the ring is large, easy to work with, and stable on the ring. The ring is rigid, and has two foam hand grips, one on each side. You will use these to orient yourself. The springiness of the ring will allow you to press in or out, creating resistance and strengthening muscles. You will be able to gain quite a lot of strength with the ring, since you can use it for several different kinds of moves.

5 - Double Arm Squeeze In

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Text Description:This exercise works on the insides of your arms, your pectoralis muscles, and your core muscles. Sit tall, as always, with your shoulders back and down. Again, rest the ring vertically on your thighs. The idea this time is to press in, so put the palms of your hands on the foam, on the outside of the ring. You do not grip the foam with your fingers or thumbs. Just keep your fingers straight out, and your thumbs close to your index fingers. Keep your wrists and elbows strong, but do not lock your elbows. Take a deep breath in through your nose. As you exhale, press your hands toward one another, pulsing them for a count of eight, and squeezing the ring so it bends slightly. This will help with coordination, lung capacity, and core muscle strength. It is not only good for your body, but for your brain as well.

9 - Outer Thigh Press

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Text Description:Put both feet inside the ring. Position the ring just above your knees. Sit tall, as we work the abductors, the outer thighs. Sit tall, and inhale, feeling your ribs, your abdomen, and your lungs expand. If you need to stabilize the ring with your hands, remember to keep your back straight and bend at the hips. As you do a Pilates breath out, press your thighs out for a count of eight as you make your core smaller and tighter. Remember to take a small break if you feel dizzy. If you are unable to breathe out for the entire count of eight, you can build up to this as your lung capacity increases.


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