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.
- Save yourself some money and buy a generic resistance band instead of one endorsed by a celebrity trainer.
- Make sure your resistance band comes with a door jam attachment.
- 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 studied Human Nutrition at Michigan State University and is currently a Wellness Lecturer at Whole Foods Market.