As you may have heard, Governor Greg Abbott has approved a plan to reopen some Texas businesses on May 1st. Reopening comes with some restrictions, mainly to do with maximum occupancies and only include business like restaurants, movie theaters, and malls. Gyms are not included in this plan, so if you have developed a workout regimen at home, you’ll have to continue with that until further notice. Luckily, the internet is full of workout options, from Youtube videos to local studios offering ways to stream classes.
There are a lot of pros to using resistance bands – you can get a full body workout without leaving home, and when the time comes that we are able to leave home and travel, a band is lightweight and can easily fit in your suitcase or gym bag.
Here are some benefits via Very Well Fit:
- Versatility: While dumbbells provide you with a heavy lift, and weight machines are stable and easy to use, neither has the versatility of the resistance bands. You can begin performing a band squat and immediately add a bicep curl to the move. Or you can easily take a resistance band lunge and add an overhead press. The possibilities are endless.
- More Muscle Recruitment: Due to the great versatility of the resistance bands, they are also more efficient. A bicep curl with a dumbbell is a fixed motion and the muscles used are predictable. Add the instability of the band and muscle fibers all over your arms and shoulders kick in to keep the band stable.
- Affordability: Some are less than $20. Need we say more? Resistance bands are relatively inexpensive—even the good ones! You can buy multiple resistance levels and still keep your costs low.
- Portability: Putting a treadmill away when company comes over can be cumbersome. Moving the dumbbells under the bed gets to be a hassle. This is not the case with the resistance bands. Small, light and flexible, they can be tucked away anywhere—including your handbag or gym bag! Take them to the office, put them in a suitcase, run them upstairs or downstairs: resistance bands are easy.
Check out the video below for a great workout using a resistance band. The woman in the video offers modified versions for beginners. Try this workout – either all or just part of it. If you’re new to using a resistance band, this is a good way to practice and get used to some of the movements.
Here are some options for resistance bands if you don’t currently own one:
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