It’s not always easy to make time to exercise. You’re too tired, you need to pick up the kids, make dinner, and finish any leftover housework that didn’t get done. Working out at the gym means you have to put your workout clothes on, fight rush hour traffic, and you may have to wait for someone to finish their workout routine before you can get started.
This is where resistance bands can be a real life saver. Resistance bands are made of strong, thin rubber and some have handles at each end to grab onto. Instead of having to sweat it out at the gym, resistance bands can be used at home, so you can fit in your workout at your convenience.
Here are five benefits of using resistance bands:
Have you priced a gym membership lately? It can eat up a good portion of your paycheck. You can purchase resistance bands at your local sporting goods store for under $10.00. There is usually the option to buy the bands in a set, which usually includes a DVD you can exercise with.
Different Levels of Resistance
Resistance bands are color coded and there are four levels of resistance. If you’re just starting out you may want to start with the lowest resistance band and once you start making progress, you can up the intensity.
Can Be Used for a Solo Workout
If you’re running or walking, it’s often more fun to do it with a buddy, but you can do a solo workout with resistance bands at home or on vacation. Take advantage of nice weather and exercise in the fresh air.
Can Work the Whole Body
I remember when I went to the gym, I used one machine to exercise my legs, and worked with weights to build up my arm muscles. It’s a lot easier to use your resistance bands to work the entire body at once. The best part is that you’ll also reach your fitness goals a lot quicker.
Shake Up Your Routine
You may have a favorite exercise such as biking, walking, or running, that is keeping you in shape, but over time, the body gets used to a routine and you may find yourself making minimal progress. Use your resistance bands in combination with your favorite exercise, or just do the resistance bands every other day.