Everyone from a seasoned athlete to a beginner just getting into exercise can benefit from using resistance bands in their workout. You may have seen the bands at your local gym or saw them being sold at a sports and fitness shop, but you may have not known just how beneficial these bands could be to your workout. Here are several advantages to using resistance bands during a workout.
Resistance bands are very convenient and inexpensive. Compare trying to pack a set of dumbbells in your luggage to simply one or two resistance bands with handles. Also, compare the price of a set of free weights to a resistance band kit. The band kit cost at least a fourth less of what a set of free weights would cost. If you are going on vacation or a business trip, resistance bands are a great way to continue your everyday exercise. Or, if you have a small living space and you are unable to store a lot of fitness equipment, these bands will only take a few inches of space and can easily be put in a drawer or cabinet.
The key to working out with resistance bands is to pick one or two of them that fit your strength levels for your exercises. Most bands will come with a designation that shows the approximate weight that you would be using for the resistance band. You can find resistance band kits that are geared toward women, with weights between 10-30 pounds and ones that are more geared towards men and seasoned athletes with weights between 25-50 pounds. This is not the exact weight, as you can make easily change the resistance level of a band by shortening or lengthening the band.
Lastly, a resistance band works to help you burn fat and calories at a faster pace. Adding resistance to your workouts can help your body to get leaner and more toned in a shorter amount of time. With this type of equipment, your muscles are able to get the full range of motion, unlike when you lift free weights. Also, resistance bands can easily be adapted into cardiovascular workouts to add an extra challenge to your workout. Free weights are big and bulky and can be cumbersome when trying to do a cardiovascular workout with them. They also allow you to control the tension on them by shortening or lengthening the band. This means that if you wanted to use a band for a biceps curl and then go straight into a squat, you can use the same band, but just increase or decrease your tension on the band.
Resistance bands are a convenient and easy way to burn fat and get the body that you desire. They offer several advantages over free weights and can be used by just about anybody looking for a great workout.