The Benefits Of Resistance Bands

by Luke Vickers on March 19, 2021

Bodybuilder performing curls with a resistance band

Resistance bands are an excellent way to help you get fit, especially if you already have a bit of a fitness background. They can be used to help increase muscle strength and flexibility, or used to help decrease the effects of injuries. They can be used to help stretch out muscles as well, especially if used properly.The main benefit of resistance band exercises is that they can be very useful for increasing your overall fitness level. Resistance bands help to build up your upper body strength as well as helping to reduce the impact of repetitive motion on your joints.

Better Bodies Blue Heavy Resistance Band

What Are Resistance Bands?

Resistance bands are elastic bands usually made of rubber or nylon that are used for resistance training. You can use them to add resistance to exercises such as press ups, squats and overhead presses. With the addition of a door anchor or wrapping round an immovable object you can use them to perform cable crossovers, triceps push downs and more.

Man rehabilitating injuries with resistance band

Resistance Bands for Rehabilitation & Recovery

They're also very useful for physical therapy, especially by physical therapists of injured muscular patients, who will often use them to help restore strength to their upper body after surgery. The band's help to create a continual level of resistance during the exercise.

 

Better Bodies Athlete Tawna Eubanks with Heavy Resistance Band

How To Use Resistance Bands to Lose Weight

If you're looking to lose weight with resistance band exercises, you'll find that the best way to get started is with a workout plan that has lots of high repetition sets mixed in with low repetitions sets. You can mix up your workout between high repetition sets and low rep sets to make sure that your body always has something to fall back on, thus preventing boredom during your workout.

 

How To Get Started

It's important to make sure that you stretch before and after each set. Stretching will keep your muscles limber and prevent injury, which is especially important if you're doing a lot of sets x reps. In order to really maximize the effects of these workouts, though, you need to make sure that you do them every other day, rather than every day, as you'd only be depleting your muscles' glycogen stores, which are used up during intense exercise.

Woman exercising at home with resistance bands

You Can Use Them To Exercise Anywhere

Resistance bands are lightweight and can be folded into small spaces, this means you can easily take them anywhere. Resistance bands are great to take on holiday or out on the road when no access to a gym is available, allowing you to keep on top of your fitness goals at all times. With the addition of a door anchor, you can easily turn any room in your home into a multi gym. 

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