Why Everyone Should Own At Least One Resistance Band. (Plus The Ultimate 30-Minute Resistance Band Workout!) | Nourished Existence

In my 6 years as a personal trainer and health educator, I have heard every excuse imaginable for why someone isn’t exercising.

While some of the excuses are common (not enough time, too expensive, too tired) some of them are quite exotic (I couldn’t do cardio because I wore black socks instead of white.) These excuses are all very real problems to the people voicing them and it is my job to help my clients overcome these obstacles.  This is where the resistance band becomes an invaluable tool for all fitness enthusiasts, regardless of ability level.

Resistance bands are cheap, portable, and can target every major muscle group in the body. They also are an excuse buster.

  • Travel a lot? Take a resistance band.
  • Feel embarrassed at the gym? Get a resistance band and turn your home/office into a gym.
  • Don’t have a lot of spare cash? You can purchase a resistance band for the low price of three Starbucks frappachinos that aren’t that great for you to begin with.

“But Mike,” you exclaim, “I don’t know how to use a resistance band!”

No problem. Your resistance band comes with a small book of exercises. You can also try The Ultimate 30-Minute Resistance Band Workout.

Now I’m sure most of you are looking for your car keys so that you can go out and purchase your own band, but before you do here are a few tips.

  1. Save yourself some money and buy a generic resistance band instead of one endorsed by a celebrity trainer.
  2. Make sure your resistance band comes with a door jam attachment.
  3. Resistance bands are not universally color-coded. A red band from Gaiam might be the least resistance and the same color band from Nike might be better suited for Hercules.

Now go out, get your resistance band, and eliminate your excuses.

Guest Blogger Mike Jefferies | Nourished ExistenceGuest blogger Mike Jefferies studied Human Nutrition at Michigan State University and is currently a Wellness Lecturer at Whole Foods Market.

3 Comments on Why Everyone Should Own At Least One Resistance Band

  1. Cana
    May 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I received a set of resistance bands (for FREE) from my National Guard unit and have totally become a believer. My civilian job is for the most part a desk job so I keep the bands hanging on the arms of my chair and when I’m reading, I’ll do a set of tricep extensions or bicep curls. From doing that simple exercise, not only do my arms not jiggle anymore, push-ups have gotten a bit easier too!! The other bonus: on those sleepy days you have hardly keep your eyes open, doing a couple seted exercises help get the blood flowing and keep you awake!

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    • nourishedexistence
      May 13, 2013 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

      Cana,

      I love that the National Guard gave you resistance bands! I love even more that you work with them at your desk. Seated exercises can definitely help you get through a sleepy day at work. I use my yoga bull to it’s fullest potential on days when I simply can’t shake the tired feeling.

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