Everywhere you look now you see resistance bands.
You make think it is the latest trend in the health and fitness industry, but it is a trend that has been around for many decades, and it is here to stay.
Resistance bands are a means of strengthening and/or stretching your muscles, whether for aesthetics, athletic performance, or physical therapy. Weight bearing exercise is important for your health, particularly for muscle and bone development.
Anyone can use resistance bands to reach their fitness goals. You may be trying to gain muscle? Or lose weight? Rehabilitation? An athlete? Over the age of 60? Or Pregnant?
Resistance bands are for everyone.
Resistance bands help to maintain strength and muscle mass without overdoing it, it is one of the safest methods to increase bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis. Losing weight is easiest when you combine a healthy diet, cardio and strength training, adding the bands in to your routine will help you burn calories and build muscle at the same time, which will help you lose weight in the long run.
Resistance bands have also been proven to improve strength, size, and function of muscles in the elderly as well as those undergoing rehabilitation. Bands can provide very light or heavy resistance which can be used in targeted ways for specific muscles that also protects joints.
If you are an athlete incorporating bands allows movements in every plane (both horizontal and vertical), which improves both strength and power. This could help you with your tennis swing or daily tasks such as opening a car door if you were doing rehabilitation. Whereas when you are pregnant, exercise is important for improving energy, sleep and preparing for childbirth. By using a light band with higher repetitions this will allow to you work out all your major muscles without straining, whereas if you were using weights at the gym.
The constant tension from bands adds an element of required stabilization from your body, activating your core, to maintain form during many exercises. This helps with coordination, balance and abdominal strength through the muscle’s full range of motion.
After experiencing the limitations of being locked down and unable to go to a gym or a Pilates class due to the Covid-19 pandemic - resistance bands are light, durable and easy to take anywhere whether it is in your suitcase, briefcase or handbag. You can use them indoors or at your local park without the need to lug around heavy workout items. Since you can perform a variety of exercises with one or two bands, a set of resistance bands can save you on both money and space.
Always consult your Physician/General Practitioner prior to performing any physical activity.