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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 Stability Ball

Stability Ball CD Art

Stability Ball CD Art

Requires the correct size stability (sizing instructions below), a few feet of clear space, hand weights, and an exercise mat or carpeted area for floor work: This is a fun total body workout. It tones, sculpts, and promotes flexibility. Shana has designed a total body workout for the stability ball. You will want to have light hand weights and a set of heavier weights for working the upper body. This workout moves at a comfortable pace. It is easily modified for all levels which is the beauty of a ball workout. I love to just sit on it and bounce myself into a happy place. Kids love to play with it too.

Listen to Sample of Stability Ball

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How to Get the Right Stability Ball Size and Pump it Up

Blog Post About Proper Stability Ball Sizing - "Goldilocks-and-the Three Balls"

Link to YouTube Video for Stability Ball Inflation Instructions

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 - March in Place, 3 - Shoulder Rotations, 4 - Ball Squats, 5 - Standing Twist with Ball, 6 - Overhead Ball Lift, 7 - Sumo Squats with Overhead Ball Lift, 8 - Ball Bouncing Upper Body, 9 - Ball Bouncing Upper Body, 10 - Shoulder Side Raises, 11 - Bicep Curls, 12 - Bicep Curls, 13 - Tricep Kick-Backs, 14 - Ball Crunches, 15 - Side Ball Crunches, 16 - Ball Push-Ups, 17 - Single Leg Lifts, 18 - Wide Leg Lifts, 19 - Hip Lifts, 20 - Hip Lifts, 21 - Ball Hamstring Curls, 22 - Reverse Curl with Ball Squeeze, 23 - Reverse Curl with Hand Pass-Off, 24 - Long Body Stretch, 25 - Hamstring Stretch, 26 - Hamstring Stretch, 27 - Body Twist, 28 - Rock and Rolls, 29 - Rock and Rolls, 30 - Back Stretch, 31 - Back Stretch, 32 - Tricep Stretch, 33 - Neck Stretches

Sample Exercise Descriptions

3 - Shoulder Rotations

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Text Description:These are a great way to lubricate your shoulder joints. Circle your shoulders back, down, forward, and up. Once you have done this several times, change direction.

5 - Standing Twist with Ball

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Text Description:Stand with knees not locked and feet shoulder width apart. Press in with your hands on the ball, and move it and your upper body to the right. Pause, and then move it to the left. Once you have done this a few times slowly, you will pick up the speed of the twist.

9 - Ball Bouncing Upper Body

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Text Description:Just sit on the ball and bounce. You can rotate your hips. Take time to relax before moving more deeply into the workout.