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Audio workouts and low vision

Non-visual fitness and audio workouts for people with vision loss, perfect for gentle exercise, recreation, adaptive PE and ECC.

When one of my friends introduced me to BlindAlive’s Eyes Free Fitness audio workouts a few years ago, I became more interested in learning about nonvisual exercise programs and ways to follow along with exercise and dance classes without having to rely on visual cues. There are a ton of different audio workout programs available for people that are free or low-cost, and today I will be sharing some of my favorite options for audio-based exercise programs and audio fitness classes.

How I play audio workout recordings

There are a few different options for playing audio workouts. Here are some of my favorite ideas that I’ve tested:

MP3 or Audio files

YouTube

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Eyes Free Fitness

Eyes Free Fitness is a free series of audio-based workout guides that are designed for people with vision loss to exercise in their homes on their own schedule. The workouts are designed for beginner/intermediate level users, with themes such as yoga, pilates, sculpting, and stretching. It’s similar to an exercise video, except there are no visuals involved. Workouts can be accessed through YouTube, though audio tracks can also be downloaded online using a YouTube-to-mp3 converter.

Update 2023- the Dropbox links for Eyes Free Fitness workouts are now on the Metro Blind Sport website, which is linked below.

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Apple Fitness Plus

Apple Fitness+ is a paid audio and video workout program available on iOS devices for $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year. There is a huge library of workouts including HIIT, core workouts, Pilates, and other activities, some of which require the purchase of additional exercise equipment such as weights or mats. Apple Fitness+ works with VoiceOver and other assistive technologies, and came highly recommended by one of my friends who enjoys fitness and trying out different workouts at home.

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AAPTIV

Aaptiv is another paid audio workout program available for iOS and Android that offers unlimited workouts for $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year, with free trials available. Aaptiv offers several AI-powered customization options, and one of my friends appreciated that they didn’t have to look at the screen in order to follow along with different workouts. Some employers and colleges may offer free or discounted subscriptions to Aaptiv through an employee health plan.

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Audio described workout playlists

There are several different audio described workout playlists on YouTube from various blind and low vision athletic and fitness organizations, including Metro Blind Sports, NWABA, British Blind Sport, and others. These are similar to BlindAlive, but mostly focus on gentle exercises and stretching.

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20-minute yoga podcast

There are several fitness podcasts that offer audio based exercise classes, and Yoga Download is an example of an audio fitness podcast that is available for free through iTunes. There are several different types of classes and themes available, including classes that target specific muscle groups such as the shoulder or legs. I’ve also linked another exercise podcast from Spotify called 10 Today, which features gentle exercise and stretching.

Another popular yoga channel for blind and low vision users is Yoga With Adriene, which features highly descriptive YouTube videos, as well as Yoga With Ness.

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TakeLessons personal training

Another recommendation from a friend, the TakeLessons platform from Microsoft offers a mix of free group classes and low-cost private lessons for a variety of topics, including personal training. In the private classes, users can request more detailed audio descriptions and go through a guided workout with their own trainer from the comfort of their home.

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Creating custom workouts with Amazon Alexa

My physical therapist recommended that I create audio exercises to guide me through my at-home stretches, so I created a custom skill with Alexa Skill Blueprints for my physical therapy activities, as well as do other workouts that were recommended to me through other sources. I have an entire post about creating custom workouts linked below.

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Other options for audio workouts and audio fitness programs

By Veronica Lewis/Veronica With Four Eyes, www.veroniiiica.com

Updated January 2024.

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