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Resistance Bands: 5 Reasons to Use Them for at Home Workouts

Resistance Bands: 5 Reasons to Use Them for at Home Workouts
Kevin Cleary

Exercising and working out sometimes requires equipment that can be bulky, take up space, and heavy. The good news is that in order to get an effective workout at home, you don’t need heavy, expensive workout equipment. In order to build muscle mass and strength (not to mention balance and coordination) we need something that can offer some type of resistance that can help us achieve our fitness goals. The perfect option can be resistance bands and we here at HPFY can give you the why’s and how’s as to why they may be the perfect exercise equipment for you.

Resistance Bands

What are Resistance Bands?

When we workout or exercise, our muscles benefit from any added weight or resistance. Lifting weights, such as dumbbells, uses gravity when lifting, but also gets aided by this gravity on the return. Resistance bands are made of rubberized elastic that maximizes your workout by targeting the muscles during the full range of motion of an exercise. This means your body benefits during contraction and the extension of all your muscles These lightweight, elastic bands do have different levels of resistance so you can progress in your workout simply by using a resistance band with greater resistance. Many elastic resistance bands can be cut to the length needed for each individual size, while some come incorporated with attached handles for easier gripping during exercise.

5 Great Pluses of Resistance Bands

So, now that you know what an elastic resistance band is, how do you know if they are right for you? This type of exercise apparatus can be found in gyms and therapy clinics just about everywhere. Here are five great reasons why you should consider resistance bands for your home workout:

  1. Cost: Compared to the expense of other exercise equipment (free weights or dumbbells), elastic resistance bands are significantly less money. It is this lower expense that can allow you to have a wider variety of resistance bands available to increase the intensity of your home workout.
  2. Versatility: Elastic resistance bands can be used in a multitude of different exercises, from simple bicep curls to adding increased resistance to sit ups or crunches. This means less time in between exercises so you can get a more intense workout in a shorter period of time.
  3. Storage & Travel: With traditional exercise equipment, large areas of dedicated space in your home needs to be set aside for bulky exercise apparatus. Also, many of these can be extremely heavy which limits their portability. Elastic resistance bands are easy to store away at home and their lightweight design allows you to pack them and travel with them.
  4. Multiple Resistance Levels: Elastic resistance bands are color-coded in order to easily identify the different levels of resistance that are available to users. As you advance in your workouts you can either progress to a higher level of resistance or combine resistance bands of different strength to customize your workout. This makes resistance bands the perfect piece of equipment for everyone, regardless of their fitness level.
  5. Safety: Traditional exercise weights require a spotter in order to do some exercises in a safe manner. These same exercises can be done using elastic resistance bands without the need for an additional person. There is no risk of dropping heavy weights on you when you are fatigued!!

Exercising is important to our overall health and if working out at home makes us more compliant to our exercise routine, we need to make it simple and easy. Resistance bands make this possible. These easy to use, inexpensive elastic exercise bands check off a lot of boxes when it comes to finding exercise equipment that is versatile enough to be used by beginners and experts alike. Work out in the comfort of your own home simply and easily while getting in better shape and staying healthy!!


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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