Ease into Fitness - Designed for people with developmental disabilities and their families, for group home situations or for anyone who wants to get started getting fit! In this 35-minute video workout, three fitness trainers take you through a program designed to condition your whole body. Developed by disability fitness specialists, this video features sections on warm-up, flexibility, aerobics, strength & balance, and cool down. The workout combines careful coaching with music and fun.
Exercise and Relaxation for Parkinson's Disease - This video is 45 minutes long; the program is an innovation in aerobics. After years of research, this is the first tape of its kind to adapt an aerobic workout that virtually everyone can do: seated or standing. There are two aerobic segments of moderate aerobic activity on this tape. Do it all at once or in parts - it's like getting two workouts in one. Maria Serrao leads the workout, and an orthopedic surgeon and rehabilitation choreographer contributed in putting this program together.
Exercise Therapy for Osteoporosis and Postural Back Pain - This video provides an exercise routine that helps women of all ages develop body awareness, enhance posture and tone, and strengthen muscles that are involved in normal movement patterns. The routine is designed for those who have never exercised, as well as those who actively exercise but need to improve flexibility, posture, and release of stress. The routine is in sections and may be performed as a complete head-to-toe calisthenics workout. Breathing exercises and pelvic floor exercises are part of the program which will lead to improved awareness of safe and correct posture during activities of daily living.
Fibromyalgia Exercise Videos - Three different videos offer comprehensive Stretching; Toning and Strengthening; and Aerobic regimens. These videos are produced by exercise physiologist Sharon Clark, PhD, FNP, specifically for people with FMS. Fibromyalgia patients demonstrate these unique exercise programs taught by a qualified instructor. As an added bonus, an extra free video of Dr. Robert Bennett, an internationally acclaimed fibromyalgia researcher, is included with the Aerobic video and/or with the order of all three tapes. He provides updated information regarding why people with FMS hurt all over and includes points that you and your health care provider should consider for a comprehensive FMS treatment program.
Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center Online Exercise Video - This online, free exercise video is designed specifically for people with spinal cord injuries and is presented by an adaptive sports consultant, Gina Biter-Mundt, MA. The video offers both aerobic and resistance/strength training exercises, and includes safety tips and other guides for an effective workout.
Let's Get Strong - This exercise program is uniquely designed for people with developmental disabilities. The exercises are precise in instruction and emphasize the importance of breathing and proper form. Modifications were made to each exercise for easier understanding. Only one muscle group is incorporated at a time. This easy-to-follow program uses moves that are safe and effective, whatever your fitness level.
Let's Have Fun - This exercise program is uniquely designed for people with developmental disabilities. During all the exercises, Laura provides precise instruction on proper breathing and correct form. Each easy-to-understand routine concentrates on one muscle group at a time. This exercise program starts with a warm-up to safely stretch all of your muscles and increase your heart rate. The low impact aerobics segment has visual aids to help stimulate your imagination. The cool-down helps increase your flexibility and joint mobility and brings your heart rate back to normal. This uplifting and informative exercise program also includes a freestyle dance segment that is unique and motivating. This easy-to-follow routine will help you develop a healthier and stronger body, increasing your endurance for everyday activities. LET'S HAVE FUN and feel good as you ease into fitness!
Focus on Healing through Movement and Dance for the Breast Cancer Survivor - This video shows 5 women following the direction of Sherry, the narrator, through a series of gentle stretches and dance exercises with alternating slow and faster sections. The movements have been designed specifically to focus on regaining and maintaining flexibility in the shoulder joints, and are repeated an average of 3 times per movement, per side. The exercises are fun, not intimidating, and provide a wonderful way to exercise at home and help improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.
MS Wheelchair Workout - Includes a variety of exercises designed to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength.Demonstrates exercise adaptations for people with MS but may be beneficial to others with extremity weakness as well. The program is divided into a section of warm- up exercises, a vigorous calisthenics program, and a relaxing cool-down period.
Nancy's Special Workout for the Physically Challenged - Created by a registered occupational therapist, this tape's aerobic program begins with a warm-up, moves to a challenging aerobic segment, and ends with a cool-down period, all set to original, upbeat music. Appropriate for people with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, amputations, blindness, intellectual disabilities, spinal-cord injuries, head injuries, and other physical disabilities.
Osteoporosis Specialty Video Tape - The Osteoporosis Specialty Video Tape emphasizes strengthening the postural muscles and avoids spinal flexion. General guidelines for osteoporosis exercises, incidence of osteoporosis, and contact information for the National Osteoporosis Organization are included as well as an outline for good posture. In addition, this is a good, balanced, and short workout for people with neck problems, shoulder problems, arthritis of the hand, mastectomy (due to its upper body emphasis), wrist fracture, and balance problems.
Sit and Be Fit: Arthritis Specialty Video Tape - The Arthritis Specialty Video Tape is a slow moving, balanced workout designed for those needing slow, gentle movements. The video addresses arthritic conditions throughout the body and adheres to the Arthritis Foundation exercise guidelines. The introduction includes a review of exercise facts and guidelines for those with arthritis. This program is in the same format as the SIT AND BE FIT television series. The majority of exercises are performed sitting in a chair. The standing portion may be done seated if the participant is unable to stand comfortably.
Sit and Be Fit: Multiple Sclerosis Specialty Video Tape - The Multiple Sclerosis Specialty Video Tape is a slow-moving, balanced workout that is designed for participants with MS. The introduction includes exercise questions and warnings for individuals who have Multiple Sclerosis. The workout is well balanced for the entire body with emphasis on the lower body. It is beneficial for those viewers who need slower movements and instruction, especially with the following conditions: hip fracture/arthritis, knee problems, ankle problems, peripheral neuropathy, and balance problems. The introduction includes a review of exercise facts and guidelines for those with MS. This program is in the same format as the SIT AND BE FIT television series. The majority of exercises are performed sitting in a chair. The standing portion may be done seated if the participant is unable to stand comfortably.
Sit and Be Fit: Parkinson's Specialty Video Tape - The Parkinson's Specialty Video Tape is a slow, full body workout with exercises designed especially for people with Parkinson's disease. Breathing and weight shifting techniques are included, and also tips on Parkinson's and posture awareness. The introduction includes Parkinson's symptoms and guidelines for exercises. This program is also good for the people with arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and balance issues.
Sit and Be Fit: Stroke Specialty Video Tape - The Stroke Specialty Video is a balanced workout for the entire body with exercises appropriate for persons who have had a stroke. This program preserves joint motion, stimulates circulation, and re-establishes neuromuscular pathways. The introduction includes incidence, effects of stroke, rehabilitation, and exercise guidelines. This program would also be beneficial for elbow and wrist problems, ankle problems, peripheral neuropathy, balance problems, mastectomy, and knee problems.
Tai Chi for Arthritis - This 80-minute video or DVD contains a complete exercise program designed to help people with arthritis gain better control. The video commences with a general introduction. Medical experts discuss why exercise is important for people with arthritis. The Tai Chi program begins with warm-up exercises. You will then be guided through the Basic 6 Movements that form the core of the program. When you are ready, you can progress to the Advanced 6 Movements to improve your skill. The video also contains a bonus Qigong breathing exercise to promote relaxation.
Take Control With Exercise DVD - This upbeat 60-minute fitness DVD produced by the Arthritis Foundation provides a balanced exercise routine based on the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, a proven method for getting in better shape no matter what shape you're in now and created specifically for people with arthritis. The DVD includes two optional endurance routines to create a more challenging workout and a relaxing guided imagery segment to help you manage stress. Published 2006. 60 minutes.
Tone and Stretch I - Tone And Stretch I has the slowest tempo and movements of the Tone And Stretch series. It is appropriate for someone with a very limited activity level or who is just getting started. Since this video is relatively slow, it would be beneficial for viewers with a variety of conditions; neck problems, shoulder problems, wrist fracture, arthritis of the hands, hip fracture/arthritis, knee problems, ankle problems, peripheral neuropathy arthritis, mastectomy, and balance problems. It is not recommended for people with severe deformity of their hands, especially with rheumatoid arthritis because of certain exercises where the fingers pull on each other. This video is not recommended for viewers with severe osteoporosis with spinal deformity because some of the exercises include knee to chest movements or forward trunk flexion.
Tone and Stretch II - Tone And Stretch II has a faster musical beat and the motions are slightly quicker than in Tone And Stretch I. This video features Ragtime style music and is a favorite for group exercises. This is a balanced workout, with two full length routines, beneficial for anyone needing slow, gentle movement. This video would be especially good for someone with shoulder problems, as it has a great deal of shoulder work in both workouts. Other conditions it would be beneficial for include; elbow fracture, hand arthritis and other problems, hip fracture and arthritis, knee problems, ankle problems, peripheral neuropathy, mastectomy, CVA, balance problems, and Parkinson's disease.
Tone and Stretch III - Tone And Stretch III incorporates resistance exercises using an exercise band, which is included. If you are moderately active and want to add another element to your workouts, then Tone And Stretch III is for you! Studies show that resistance training helps to tone muscle and increase strength. If your doctor has advised you not to do resistance exercises, the movements can be performed without the band.
NOTE: Those with high blood pressure should consult with their doctor before doing any resistance exercises. This is a balanced workout with two full length routines and is beneficial for a variety of conditions and problem areas, such as: neck problems, shoulder problems, elbow problems, hand arthritis and other problems, lower back pain, hip fracture and arthritis, knee problems, peripheral neuropathy, mastectomy, balance problems, and Parkinson's disease.
Tone and Stretch IV - Tone And Stretch IV is the most challenging of the Tone And Stretch series. It is a brisk, full-body workout with great music to keep you moving! This video includes routines using a towel and also incorporates resistance exercises using an exercise band. A FREE Light Resistance exercise band is included. If a different resistance is desired, you can select from the options menu. Studies show that resistance training helps to tone muscle and increase strength. If your doctor has advised you not to do resistance exercises, the movements can be performed without the band.
NOTE: Those with high blood pressure should consult with their doctor before doing any resistance exercises.This video is lively, fun, and vigorous, and it helps to increase flexibility and strengthen muscles. It is beneficial for a variety of conditions and problem areas, such as: shoulder, elbow, knee, balance, and osteoporosis, although this video may not be the first choice for people with osteoporosis.
Yoga for Arthritis - Created for the Arthritis Foundation by exercise and physical therapists, this state-of-the-art, yoga-based program includes breathing techniques, stretches, strengthening exercises, an aerobic section, and a total body relaxation. All five participants on this tape have various types of arthritis (one has MS), work at different levels, and range in age from 35 to 72.
Yoga for MS and Related Conditions - Yoga for MS and Related Conditions is an excellent and highly recommended exercise video. This non-aerobic, complete workout includes exercises, stretches, and proper breathing techniques. A 10-minute relaxation segment at the end is hypnotic and calming and could be used by anyone after a stressful day. The back exercises are especially good for anyone with back problems.