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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!

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BackTpack©

I have been searching for a pack that enables me to reach all my stuff without taking it off and putting it back on again. I thought I was going to have to design it myself. Then, I noticed a post on LinkedIn last year about a new ergonomically correct back pack that actually improves posture and feels comfortable and secure. I tracked down the designer, Marilyn Miller von Foerster, and promptly ordered two for myself. I wanted to fully explore the different models before I could recommend them. New! Express your own personal style by purchasing BackTpack© in three attractive colors. Black/Khaki is a black exterior and khaki interior, Pewter/Mimosa is primarily a dark gray with accents near the zippers, and Violet/Mango is a dark purple with accents at the zippers. All three colors are dark, and less likely to show dirt or stains.

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Fitness Equipment Tested by Us

Pilates Ring

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.

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Tone Fitness 20-Pound Hourglass Shaped Dumbbell Set

The Tone Fitness neoprene dumbbell set is the perfect addition to any strength training routine. You can improve your appearance, strength, muscle to fat ratio, bone density and even your walking performance by adding strength training workout routine. The dumbbells are "hourglass" shaped for a stylish look. The neoprene coating helps protect your floors and also provides an easy grip. The set contains a pair of 2, 3 and 5 lb dumbbells for versatility. A rack is also included for easy storage.

This is a great set for those who are new to the use of weights.

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Wacces® Fitness Exercise and Stability Ball

Wacces,'s Professional Stability Ball is a safe, durable ball with burst resistance to 500-lbs! This ball is perfect for weight training on the ball as well as users looking for extra performance for health club settings & other heavy-use applications. Wacces Exercise Ball with free pump included. Incorporate the versatility and effectiveness of the Wacces exercise balls into your workout. Core strength training is the only way to exercise.

You can take your exercise balls with you wherever you go or exercise at the convenience of your home.

Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, this ball will enhance your workout giving you results. Ideal for stretching, strengthening and toning exercises.

First used by physical therapists over 30 years ago, Exercise Balls are now used in leading health clubs around the nation and are quickly becoming a standard item for any home gym. The Wacces Fitness Ball is safe, durable, and easy-to-use.

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Our Favorite Products for Everyday

SoundLink Color Bluetooth® speaker II

From the pool to the park to the patio, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II is a tough and water-resistant companion for life’s great adventures. Featuring a soft-touch silicone exterior, SoundLink Color is designed for big sound that’s easy to pick up and go. 

Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing. A built-in microphone lets you take calls from friends, or access Siri and Google Now™. You can even manage Bluetooth connections, unlock features and access future updates with our Bose Connect app. Add it all together and you have a ready-for-life design with larger-than-life sound.

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Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker

Instant pot smart is a revolutionary Smart cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being safe, convenient and dependable. It is Bluetooth enabled allowing programming and monitoring from smartphones or tablets. It speeds up cooking by using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. instant Pot smart is a multi-functional fully-programmable Smart cooker combining the benefits of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, porridge maker, steamer, Saute pan, yogurt maker, food warmer and more. A free iOS app (android app to be available soon) lets you program complex cooking steps in recipe scripts on your smartphone/tablet and execute on the cooker wirelessly. This capability allows the cooker's functionality to be upgraded and expanded after purchase, and the recipe scripts can be shared with friends. Your favorite dishes are within the reach of pressing a button. Green peas, sweet corn and baby carrots can be steamed in 2 to 3 minutes, fresh or frozen. To make mashed potato, don't boil potatoes in water for 50 minutes leaching nutrients into the water; steam them in instant pot for just 15 minutes. An entree of chili or Irish stew can be done within an hour, without you watching over it. Want to try the Japanese Onsen Tamago (hot spring egg)? there's recipe script in the free app. The free app also has recipe script to turn instant pot smart into a hot pot cooker. Tailored for varying tastes and food conditions, the programs come with 3 adjustable modes. Special features include 3 temperatures in Saute for browning, simmering or thickening, and 3 temperatures in slow cook to complete the tasks of a common slow cooker. Most traditional, modern and international recipes can be easily adapted for instant pot.

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Francois et Mimi Comfort + Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone

Enjoy clear, crisp sound every time. The Francois et Mimi Bluetooth Sports Headphones have been engineered for the active consumer. Comfortable in-ear hooks allow for a stabilized fit, without the awkwardness and bulkiness of over-the-ear alternatives. Great for listening to music while running or exercising, and even as a hands-free communication device.

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Veggetti Pro Table-Top Spiralizer

The Veggetti pro table-top Spiralizer is the fast, easy way to turn veggies into delicious spaghetti in seconds. The Veggetti pro's ultra-sharp stainless steel blades effortlessly slice through vegetables for endless pasta strips, delicious salads and coleslaw, onion rings and so much more. Veggetti pro works on almost any size vegetable. The Veggetti pro vegetable Spiralizer is dishwasher safe, does not require batteries, and fits in almost any drawer. Why use Veggetti pro: - zucchini and squash are healthier than traditional pasta and have a delicious taste and perfect texture when sliced in the Veggetti pro. The Veggetti pro allows you to cut thin spaghetti size or thick fettuccini size zucchini noodles. Spiral vegetable slicer breaks apart for compact storage in a cabinet or drawer.

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AmeriBag Healthy Back Bag Micro-Fiber

This patented design holds all your daily essentials, plus your water bottle, PDA, phone, and much more - but doesn't weigh you down. The adjustable sling strap allows for the bag to be worn on one shoulder or across the body. There are many organizer pockets, plus little details like a key ring. The bag is roomy enough to hold a small braille display, a folding cane, and a handheld low vision device.

Its trademarked teardrop shape contours to the natural curve of your body, reducing apparent stress on your neck, back and shoulders, making it an exceptionally comfortable bag. The simple look and variety of colors make this bag a fashionable choice for both men and women.

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Pharmaceutical Grade Melatonin by Just Potent

The Just Potent Melatonin supplement is an all-natural supplement formulated to help you fall asleep and maintain sleep state throughout the night. Our formulation is non-habit forming and will not cause sluggishness come morning.

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BodySense Hot and Cold Aromatherapy NeckEase

This Aromatherapy Hot/Cold Neck Wrap will stay warm 35-40 minutes and cold 20-25 minutes. Its weight (3.5 lbs.) provides a gentle acupressure. Can be used tight around the neck or wider out onto the shoulder and upper back region. It has soft polar fleece on one side, which allows for moist heat penetration, and black cordura on the other side, which maximizes heat and cold retention.

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Thermalon Dry Eye Compress

Use daily to relieve dry, irritated eyes.
Simply microwave and apply: ThermalOn is ready in seconds to provide long lasting relief for dry eye symptoms.
Microwave 20 seconds.
Apply 3-5 minutes.
May be used as often as desired for mild to moderate dry eye discomfort.
Talk with your doctor about using the ThermalOn dry eye compress. Not for use on children under 2 years of age.

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Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker, Black

Fitness means being active, sleeping well, and eating smarter and the Fitbit one helps you do all three. During the day, it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed. Come nightfall, it measures your sleep cycle to help you see how to sleep better and it can even wake you in the morning without waking your partner. Your stats upload wirelessly via computer, or select Bluetooth 4.0 devices (like the iPhone 4S). Powered by your stats, you can set goals, and track progress. Stay motivated by earning badges or connecting with friends for support or friendly competitions. Log food, workouts and more. Bring greater fitness into your life seamlessly, socially, 24 hours a day.

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WiTscale S1 Body Fat Bluetooth Smart Digital Bathroom Scale

Wit scale S1 body fat is a smartphone connected Bluetooth 4 digital body scale. Wit scale body fat scale can seamlessly transmit your personalized weight and update BMI data to your smart devices. Wit scale app will provide friendly interface to monitor the weight, BMI and body fat. All recorded data can be tracked and shared with your friends on Facebook. Wit scale app can now seamlessly share your weight, BMI and body fat to your apple health kit app. Free wit scale body fat app can be downloaded from google play. Your weight and personal information will be retained on your personal device to maintain privacy.

For the best, most consistent results, do not use this scale on floors that are not completely level or that are carpeted.

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Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Water bottles are very personal items. I am attached to my bottle like my phone. It needs to feel good in the hand and fit your style of living.

I like quality especially when I will be using something everyday. These bottles meet all my qualifications. They are not plastic. They come in different sizes, colors, and have different types of lids. Beverages stay hot or cold and hands don’t suffer.

I have the 40 ounce and the 21 ounce bottles. If you wantto fit a bottle in the mesh holder of our BackTpack, I recommend you get one even smaller than the 21 ounce. They don’t leak so I just throw mine into the main pocket.

Water should come from a bottle you trust. These are worthy of trust.

Blendtec Blender

I bought this blender 7 years ago right after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I was completely obsessed with nutrition. I did not feel much like eating due to anxiety but I knew I had to boost my immune system. This blender is absolutely my most favorite kitchen appliance. It is easy to use and clean. It is so powerful I feel like I am flying an airplane. I have replaced the jar once over the past 7 years. I throw in whole lemons, whole carrots, nuts, greens and fruits of all kinds. I just can’t say enough about this blender. I promise you will not regret getting it for one minute.

PenFriend2

Introducing the all-new, upgraded PenFriend2 Voice Labeling System! This best-selling, low cost, audio labeler for the blind and visually impaired lets you label anything and everything with discreet audio labels all in your own voice. Easily record and re-record information using this versatile, pocket-sized, easy-to-use labeling system. You can instantly play back the recordings anywhere simply using the PenFriend2 - no computer required. The upgraded PenFriend2 is slimmer in design that the original model and has four simple yellow tactile operating buttons that contrast against the black casing of the device. These buttons are designed to make it easier for the blind or visually impaired user to locate and use. Another new feature is an easy to use on/off recording function that prevents you from having to hold the record button when recording. Use to label food/freezer items, film/music collections or household objects. Organize letters and other paperwork. Record shopping lists or leave audio messages, or use it as a portable note-taker at the office or classroom - just record your message and keep track of it by placing the allocated label in a small notebook. We have used it as an aid to healthy living by labeling workout CD’s, weights, spices, and so much more. Comes with 4GB internal memory, 127 colored labels, 3 magnetic badges (great for using on tins), neck lanyard and 2 AAA batteries. Also includes accessible, free 'PenFriend sticker management Windows-based software.

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