Use Resistance Bands to stay fit

What are resistance bands?

Resistance bands are heavy duty rubber tubing or bands of different tension and length that offers the user an alternative to using weights for training. They are very effective in building and maintaining muscle strength and are an integral part of many athlete’s training including tennis players, baseball players, swimmers, and a host of other sports related activities. They are great for rehabbing, stretching and warming up muscles.

Benefits of using bands

resistance-band-exercisesThey are easy to store and are very portable and are available in different sizes and colors.

They offer a variety of exercise routines that can be done at home or on the road.

So the next time you are traveling — whether for business or pleasure — you can keep active by doing a complete resistance exercise routine.

I like to use them for arm curls and chest pulls because I get a continuous isolated tension on these muscles without causing undue harm. This means I get resistance through every part of the movement — the concentric as well as the eccentric.

But there are a multitude of other exercises that they can be use for.  For example if you want to blast your chest with a powerful chest press exercise then check out the following video from shapefit.com :

Or maybe you want to get you lower body primed for your next martial arts class. This video from Flex Active Sports shows one type of exercise for that.

If you find working with dumbbells and other free-standing weights not to your liking then invest in a set of bands. It’s cheaper and doesn’t need much storage room. You can get a starter set at a very reasonable price compared to other fitness equipment. The package will come with some preset illustrated exercises that you can start doing right away.

When using resistance bands please do so with care. Always use a firm grip on the handles or the bands themselves to avoid them snapping back. If your bands are old then replace them with new ones to prevent breaking (with care they can last for years).

Bands make great gifts to give to friends and family to start on their exercise journey. They can be used in many different positions such as sitting, standing or lying on the floor. You can also use them with other types of resistance equipment.

After you have been using them for a while you will begin to develop your own set of exercises to target areas of your body that needs more work.

Remember . . . . this is one of the arrows in your quiver in your ongoing battle to prevent pre-diabetes.

For more information on a variety of exercises that can be done using resistance bands go to How to Prevent Pre-diabetes.

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