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Your Personal Path to Fitness

by Judy Dixon and Bonnie O'Day

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Judy Dixon and Bonnie O'Day explore the universal benefits of an active lifestyle, as well as fitness opportunities available to people who are blind or low vision. Coverage includes fitness basics; the four general types of exercise (strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility); simple fitness activities you can do at home, with or without equipment; fitness opportunities in your community with a partner or a group; using iPhone apps such as the Health app, the Fitness app, the Fitness+ service, and others; fitness-related resources on Alexa- or Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers; web-based resources; and key groups and organizations that offer sports and fitness opportunities.

Table of Contents

Benefits of Physical Fitness
Barriers to Keeping Fit
Fitness Basics
10 Things You Can Do to Become More Active
Key Fitness and Exercise Terms

Chapter 1: Simple Fitness Activities You Can Do at Home
Exercise Equipment for Use at Home
Resistance Bands
Stability Balls
Hand Weights
The TRX Suspension Training System
Stationary Machines
Exercises Using Your Own Body Weight
Arm Circles
Standard Push-Ups
Exercises Using a Resistance Band
Triceps Press
Clock Face
Sideways Crab Shuffle (aka "Monster Walk")
Kick Butt
Hip Raise
Exercises Using a Stability Ball
Thoracic Stretch
Feet and Hand Ball Pass
Ball Squats
Side Ball Crunches
Ball Push-Ups
Single Leg Lifts

Chapter 2: Fitness Opportunities in Your Community
Fitness with a Partner
Finding a Walking Partner
Finding a Running or Biking Partner
Finding a Virtual Exercise Partner
Fitness in a Group
Dragon Boating
Tandem Cycling
Beep Baseball
Goal Ball
Joining a Health Club or Gym

Chapter 3: Getting Fit with Your iPhone
The Health App
The Fitness App
Apple Fitness+
Other Fitness Apps
App: My Fitness Pal — Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
App: Pedometer — Step Counter
App: CardioCast — Audio Workout App
App: Aaptiv — Audio Workout App
App: J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

Chapter 4: Getting Fit with Your Smart Speaker
Enabling Skills on Amazon Alexa
Enabling Alexa Skills with Your Voice
Enabling Alexa Skills in the App on Your Mobile Device
Enabling Alexa Skills on the Website
A Sampling of Alexa Skills
6-Minute Full Body Stretch
7-Minute Workout
The Body Coach
Daybreak Yoga
Desk Workout
Easy Yoga
Everyday Workout
Fitness Thirty
Five Minute Workout: Core and Cardio
My Yoga Class
Popsugar Active
Quick Home Workout
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Using Actions on Google Assistant
5-Minute Plank
Body Workout
Couch to 5k
Daily Stretch
Easy Stretch
Easy Yoga
Gym Partner
Home Workout
Quick Workout
Yoga Teacher

Chapter 5: Fitness Using Web-Based Resources
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Angel Eyes Fitness and Nutrition, Inc.
Blind Yoga
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Colorado
National Institute on Aging
San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Ski for Light, Inc.

Chapter 6: Key Groups and Organizations
Achilles International
American Blind Bowling Association (ABBA)
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Blind Stokers Club (BSC)
Blind Tandem Cycling Connection
Blind Tennis
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA)
National Beep Ball Association (NBBA)
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Ski for Light, Inc. (SFL)
United in Stride
United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)
United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA)
United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF)
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports