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 Cardio Level One

Cardio Level One CD Art

Cardio Level One CD Art

Shana and Mel have once again created a cardio program specifically for the blind and visually impaired. It is easy to follow and there is no way you can stay in your comfy chair. The music yanks you right up and moving. The only things you need are supportive shoes, a chair or wall for balance, and a few feet of space around you. This first level is low impact and last about 30 minutes. It combines perfectly with Sculpting with Weights Level One. Buying both will give you a complete workout. Shana has mastered the art of exercise description.

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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 - March in Place, 3 - Heel Digs, 4 - Step Touches, 5 - Low Kicks, 6 - Knee Raises, 7 - Wide March, 8 - Hamstring Curls, 9 - Squat Taps, 10 - Jumping Jacks, 11 - Jog, 12 - Knee Twists, 13 - Repeater Knees, 14 - Side Step-Outs

Sample Exercise Descriptions

3 - Heel Digs

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Text Description:Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step out with your right heel, digging it into the ground in front of you. At the same time, slightly bend your left knee. Then, reverse. Left heel goes out in front, and right knee bends. As you step out and dig into the ground with your heel, push both hands straight out in front of you. When you return your foot back to the starting position, pull your elbows back. Each time your heel goes out and the alternate knee bends, you push forward with your hands.

5 - Low Kicks

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Text Description:Kick one foot out in front of you, and bring it back. As you kick your right foot out, bring your left arm out. You can reach to touch your calf or your toes with your hand. Remember to keep your back straight. Then, alternate with your left leg and your right arm. Feel the gentle twist as you reach for the alternate leg.

9 - Squat Taps

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Text Description:Bend your knees into a small squat, while concentrating your weight on your left leg. As you straighten, touch your right foot out to the side. Reverse by doing a small squat, concentrating the weight on the right leg. As you straighten, touch your left foot out to the side. Your arms can either be down at your sides, or you may rest one hand on a chair for balance. For a little extra challenge, push both hands forward as each foot touches out to the side.


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