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I'm With the Band: Mastering Resistance Band Workouts

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  • Resistance bands are popular as they give you a full body workout without weights or resistance machines; you may use them at home, while traveling and even at work
  • Strength training is important as it improves metabolic rate, reduces risk of falls, helps maintain independence and reduces risk of depression and anxiety
  • Resistance bands are flexible and may be used during warmups, as strength training and to develop explosive power by increasing the number of small and large muscles activated without compressing your joints
  • While there are a number of different types of bands available, many workouts may be completed at home using a compact tubular band with handles, including working your shoulders, legs and core

By Dr. Mercola

If you go to the gym frequently or have visited a physical therapist, chances are you've seen resistance bands. Band work allows you to get a full body workout without using weights or resistance machines. They are especially useful if you are recovering from an injury. However, benefits go well beyond rehabilitation. With resistance bands you can achieve almost any type of strength training exercise — chest press, rowing, shoulder press, triceps extension and squats — are possible using a simple elastic band.

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