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How To Enhance Your Tone, Strength and Flexibility

Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 - 3:55 pm

You want to look toned, fit and healthy and want to see results as soon as possible, but you don't want to add bulk or muscle, or worse still injure yourself. So how do you find what works best for you? You do it by exercising correctly.

If you would like to tone your body, or improve your flexibility and strength there is no easier, low maintenance way than with resistance bands. Resistance bands can be used in the home, or outside, and are convenient to take with you when traveling.

Everyone, from men, women, children, senior citizens, body builders, and even enlisted personnel are able to use resistance bands. Body builders, for instance, have used resistance bands in their workouts for over a decade, using them to increase tension when performing barbell lifts and to augment tension for squats. They can totally replace pulley exercises, giving body builders the best possible gain for building muscle.

Resistance bands are also used in physical therapy to strengthen weakened areas that have suffered an injury. Combined with gentle exercise, resistance bands get you moving freely again, and they are excellent for maintaining the mobility gained after physical therapy. They also work well with exercise programs, such as Pilates and Yoga. They are designed to gently get you into the best shape without adding unwanted bulk. Exercises using these bands tone your body from head to toe allowing you to burn fat and tone muscle even in the abdominal area, which is where excess fat is usually found.

Resistance bands require no other equipment - they are designed to be used on their own. They are made from of high quality rubber and come in various resistances (hence their name!), and the clear color coding makes a workout with them a breeze, whilst enabling you to continue having success at meeting your fitness goals.

Most manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty, however I can think of only one who includes a User Manual as part of a purchase and they are The User Manual not only explains how to use the bands, but also includes numerous exercises and instructions to tone each muscle group.

Incorporating resistance bands into an exercise routine is straightforward, and you don't have to learn any complicated new routines. They are cost-effective, and you save on storage space too because, unlike bulky exercise equipment, the bands fit neatly into a drawer. Also, combining bands to create even more resistance and challenge your muscles even further is sometimes done, once your body becomes accustomed to a usual resistance. They analyze your range of movement and improve your muscle tone. Strength training reverses bone loss and prevents bone degeneration, whilst encouraging brain-boosting properties which can help ward off age-related dementia.

Muscle tone is a use-it-or-lose-it part of the body. Using resistance bands to build your muscle tone is beneficial no matter how old you are. Toning enables you to burn calories more effectively and it helps manage chronic conditions such as arthritis and heart disease. Exercising increases positive mood chemicals from the brain, improving concentration and focus. The rewards of resistance band training are massive. Whether you are a skilled athlete or a beginner, the bands can be used safely with no supervision, so there is no need for expensive personal trainers!

Bands do not rely on gravity to give resistance. This encourages natural movement that you cannot reproduce with dead-weight bar bells. Twisting side-to-side, punches, kicks, movement that duplicates golf swings, basketball throws and baseball pitches are all more natural and effective when done with resistance bands, providing you with a constant free range of motion.

Overall, they are a safer way to exerciseArticle Submission, and are an inexpensive alternative to add quality to your life.

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