Mind & Body
Been to the gym lately?
Alongside the more easily recognized treadmills, stair-steppers and stationary bikes, you've probably noticed a battalion of machines so laden with contraptions they seem like something out of a medieval torture chamber. If these Draconian monuments to the Dark Ages of fitness are enough to make you run screaming past the ellipticals and back out into the parking lot, we don't blame you. It's time to see the light.
For years, lightweight resistance bands have been the rehabilitation tool of choice among physical therapists seeking a safe way to help patients rebuild muscle strength and accelerate the healing process. Nowadays, they're quickly gaining popularity among health conscious consumers as a way to achieve a full-body workout without ever having to go to the gym. Used correctly, resistance bands can help you build lean muscle mass and burn fat without weighing you down with cumbersome equipment and heavy weights.
So what exactly are resistance bands? Generally, the term resistance band refers to any stretchable rubber tube or flat band device used for strength training. Most bands are adjustable, allowing the user to select from varying degrees of resistance based on their individual build and desired workout, and all bands work by applying a resistive force designed to provide each muscle group with the maximum workout benefit.
Below are some of the benefits of resistance bands:
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