Rubber band resistance exercise

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Rubber band resistance exercise
Resistance bands come in different resistance strengths. (resistance bands image by sparkia from Fotolia.com)

Rubber band resistance exercises are used to build strength and flexibility. The bands are used for resistance training in physiotherapy, weight loss exercise and physical training. Bands range in resistance, and the exercises range from beginner to advanced for athletes. As a person uses the rubber bands for exercise, he will need to change bands for different strength of resistance. Resistance can be changed to almost no resistance to resistance similar to lifting very heavy weights.

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History

Rubber band resistance exercises were originally devised as easy exercise for senior citizens more than 100 years ago. The results were applied to rehabilitation. Today resistance bands are used in exercise videos, physiotherapy and gyms. According to OthroPod, studies show that resistance exercise improves strength, reduces body fat percentage, and contributes to lung and heart health.

Choosing a Band

The colour of the resistance band defines the level of resistance. The lighter the colour of the band, the less resistance the band has, comparable to weight. Choose your band by lift weight. If you lift light weights, buy a light-coloured band. Dark bands are comparable to heavy weights. After you start using a band, you may find that the exercises have become easy. If this happens, you may need to upgrade to a band with more resistance.

Leg Exercise

Sitting down on a chair with the band under your foot and the ends held in both hands, lift your leg until it is as straight as it can be without locking your knee. Bring the leg back down and repeat.

Back Exercise

Sit with your legs stretched out in front of you. Pull back on the band, forcing your shoulders back. Release slowly in a circular motion.

Biceps Exercise

Stand on the band while holding the ends in both hands. Bend your elbows to a 90 degree angle. Curl your arms up, then release slowly back to 90 degrees.

Safety

Never use a band with cracks, frayed edges or fading. The band could snap during use and cause serious injury. Do not stretch a band without securing it to the bottom of your foot or threading it in a secure loop. If the band snaps up, it could cause serious injury.

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