1. Tone your entire body
It's easy to work all of your major muscle groups with additional resistance provided by the band. There are moves to cover your quads, core, biceps, chest, back ---well, you get the point.
Resistance bands won't set your bank account back. Most bands are under $10, or you can buy a set with varying resistance for slightly more.
3. Adapt to your fitness level
Bands are typically sold in light, medium and heavy resistance. But even if you've graduated to the next level, most bands are easily adaptive. You can reduce or add slack to the band to give yourself more or less resistance. Use multiple bands at one time to really push yourself.
4. Modify familiar exercises
Most exercises won't be completely new to you, which makes it easy to pick up new moves. Exercises are typically based on similar moves done with dumbbells. For example, the familiar woodman shop in the image above can be done with either a dumbbell or resistance band.
5. Deliver an effective workout
Free weights rely on gravity, which means that most of your effort is expended at the beginning of a movement. Picture a bicep curl and the arc motion your arm makes. Most of your energy is used at the beginning of the movement using a free weight. Resistance bands give you the opposite effect where most of your energy is expended at the top of the movement as you push against the band. Both are effective, but variety is the spice of life, and the best way to tone your body!
6. Tuck into your closet
You don't need a dedicated fitness room at home to store these bands. They easily tuck into the corner of your closet or in a drawer.
7. Take on the road
For the same reason that resistance bands are easy to tuck into your closet, they are easy to take on the road. They are light and hardly take up any space. Pack these in your suitcase next time you travel to get a workout done in your hotel room.
8. Diversify your workouts
Muscles adapt over time when we do the same exercises over and over. It's most effective to mix up your workout moves. Resistance bands work your muscles in a slightly different way than free weights. Add resistance bands into your weight routine to get an even more effective workout.
9. Combine with other equipment
Many resistance band workouts can be combined with other equipment to add an extra punch. Try a bicep curl with both a resistance band and dumbbell to give yourself an extra burn and the combined benefit of both pieces of equipment.
10. Rehab injuries
If you are injured, you need to reduce strenuous exercise that may cause further damage. With resistance bands, you can isolate areas without burdening the muscles, tendons, joints and bones of the injured area. When you use resistance bands to exercise the injury-free parts of your body, you benefit from increased blood circulation, which assists with speeding up your recovery.
Ready to try a resistance band workout? If you don't have any resistance bands, you can easily find them in a local sports store or order them online. KBands offers a great training kit or just buy individual bands.
And then get moving to a MoveMeFit resistance band workout. Try out these two below!