I’m the first to admit that I hate exercising. I even get bored on my morning walks! The thought of going to the gym doesn’t interest me at all because of the time it would take to drive there and back. And doing floor exercises would take forever to build up my muscles – more boredom.
At my age, muscle wasting has set in and the frightening thing is that I can see the detrimental results in the last 6 months.
Yes, I’m sitting in a chair most of the day, but I do walk in the morning and try to get up and walk every hour. OK – that usually doesn’t happen because I get busy and forget.
Along with my conversion to a vegan diet to maintain my health, I’m at the point where I need to do something to improve my fitness level.
That’s why I have decided to give resistance bands a try. I can do it after my morning walk and I can pick them up and do another round of repetitions anytime during the day. And I can take them with me when I visit family in Las Vegas and Chicago. What could be better for a person who hates to exercise?
Types of Resistance Bands
I have done quite a bit of research on resistance bands and the different types you can purchase. Many of them get very poor reviews from people who have used them, so it’s important to take that into consideration when shopping. The bands are sold in several resistance levels – light, medium, heavy, and super-heavy.
To get started, I ordered a set that combines the light, medium, and heavy because I wanted to make sure I would have the next band available when I am ready to progress to the next level.
But do They Work?
Good resistance bands get highly favorable reviews in every article I have read. They all agree that the muscles get a good workout in a large range of motion.
Even this bodybuilding site has this to say:
With your resistance band training, every part of both the concentric and eccentric part of the exercise has resistance, resulting in better range of motion strength and more complete stimulation. The downside to resistance bands are that you can’t really perform near maximum lifts and the limitation of exercises (the latter of which I will try to help overcome). www.BodyBuilding.com
Choosing a Resistance Band
I chose my set of 3 bands in the light, medium, and heavy resistance from Dynapro Direct. I was impressed by the reviews and one review from a bodybuilder made the sale.
This set currently has over 1,100 reviews, 90 answered questions, and an almost perfect rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Dynapro Exercise Resistance Bands
The box was in perfect condition
You can see the 3 resistance band levels inside the package
That’s all that was in the box, so I was a bit dismayed wondering what I was going
to do with them. Reading the card that came with the order, I realized that full
workouts are provided on their website.
I’m excited to give these a try. Not only does the brand provide workouts on their website, but the bodybuilding website I researched provides a workout schedule (you don’t use them every day, thank goodness!), recommends specific exercises, and had provided a printable Workout Log. I think I got this covered!
Follow me as I start using the resistance bands to strengthen my muscles and increase my flexibility.
What about you? Have you tried resistance bands? Leave a comment and let me know what type of exercise activity works for you.
P.S. I can’t wait to to get started. I know I’m going to hurt for a while because it’s been so long since I’ve done any muscle exercises. I couldn’t do anything when I suffered with fibromyalgia… even if I managed to go for a walk one day, I would be practically immobile the next day with pain. That’s all changed since I got healthy!
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