Resistance bands are elastic bands used as training equipment in many sports and for individual exercise. These bands are typically made from rubber, which is lightweight and offered in different resistance levels. The resistance bands are usually available as the extra-light, light, medium, heavy, and extra-heavy, depending on the amount of force one has to use to stretch it. Resistance bands are often used in training to build up muscular strength and tone the body. There are different types of these bands, designed and classified by the specific muscle groups they target.
Benefits of resistance bands
This piece of equipment is often used to complete a regular training or stretching exercises. Using the resistance band demands a certain level of coordination and balance, which in turn uses bigger muscle groups, which work together to balance and stabilize the body in the position. Resistant bands are also very good for targeting specific muscles. They are much easier to use than weights, but offer even better workout results. Moreover, one can create resistance in all directions, using the resistance band, without even having to change the position. This is a fantastic way to work on every single muscle on the body, without neglecting some of the muscles because you do not have proper equipment or because the exercise is too uncomfortable. Resistance bands are also easy to incorporate in every workout. One can use them with basic push-ups and squats, for example.
Resistance bands are very efficient and safe, so physiotherapists often use them in treatment of their patients. The resistance band training is not a strenuous activity, which makes it perfect training equipment for people suffering from movement-impairing diseases. Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis often use resistance bands to increase the circulation in their legs, and improve their movement. Using the resistance band in physiotherapy will gradually improve the patient’s strength, flexibility and the range of movement. Moreover, there is no need to stand up while practicing, which makes the resistance band workout very safe.
Choosing a resistance band
A band made of thicker rubber typically makes more resistance. This kind of resistance band is good for bigger muscles and for those who are trying to build up strength. Short bands are also harder to stretch, but they provide training that is more efficient. For those willing to work on the lower body and strengthening of the ankles, a thin and flat resistance band, about a feet long, is the perfect choice. Tube resistance bands are typically longer, measuring up to five feet. They normally come with handles, since they are great for simultaneous working of both the upper body and sides of the body.