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Thursday, 4 June 2020

The Benefits of Exercising with Resistance Bands




Resistance bands are very versatile and an easy to use 'go to' piece of fitness equipment. They come in all shapes, colours, and sizes. They are very portable and provide a wide variety of strength exercises, targeting all your muscle groups. The other benefits of these bands are that you can take them anywhere, whether you want to take them with you on holiday, to work or even to the park if you prefer to do your workouts in the fresh air. Resistance bands are very simple to use. They are not as confusing as some of the equipment in today's "hi tech" gyms that can feel very intimidating to those who are novice exercisers. It's hard to believe that these bands have any power when you place them next to a dumbbell or kettlebell, but the power they have will surprise you. Resistance bands are similar to free weights (dumbbells, kettlebells) in that they provide external resistance so you have to engage your muscles to oppose the tensity. 

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Different Types of Resistance Bands

Mini bands
Mini bands are great for targeting lower body muscles such as glutes and quads (bottom and thighs).  These bands are also good for warming up these large muscles prior to a run. Mini bands can help to stabilise your hips, knees and ankles. By improving your strength and stability in these large muscles the more you will decrease your risk of injury. Mini bands are not just for your lower body. These bands can improve strength in your upper body too. You can use a variety of exercises to increase the strength in your arms as well as strengthening and stabilising your shoulders. 
You can purchase mini bands in a pack of 3, with a light band (1), medium strength band (2) and a heavier strength band (3). As you progress with your exercises you can increase the resistance by advancing to the next level of mini band.   Amazon - Mini bands



Tube Resistance Bands with Handles

Tube resistance bands are long rubber tubes with handles that best imitate gym resistance machines. These versatile bands are great for hitting those big muscle groups using the push and pull methods, such as chest press, shoulder press, bent over rows, pull downs, squats.....plus isolated exercises such as bicep curls and tricep extensions. Again, these bands are very portable and a fabulous way to workout outdoors in the fresh air. Amazon Tube Resistance Bands


Flat or Therapy Bands
Flat bands are very long, thin, flat bands and can measure up to 2 meters long. They are flat meaning not looped. These bands are the most versatile bands as they come in many different colours, lengths and strengths. They can be used by physiotherapist as a rehabilitation tool for patients to help with recovery and rebuilding muscle around injured joints. They can also be used as light resistance for the elderly to help maintain muscle and bone health. Their use also extends to exercise classes for toning and strengthening workouts as well as assisting static stretches during a cool down session. Amazon flat bands


Summary
Resistance exercises are essential for our health, specifically for muscle maintenance and bone health. Resistance bands are versatile, portable and a safe and efficient way to workout. There are many types of bands of differing colours, strengths and sizes. Bands can be used for rehabilitation, balance, stabilisation and stretching. 

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