Strength Training With Resistance Bands
If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me. And if I can do it, you can too. A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintaing an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.
According to Dr. Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic, strength training, resistance training or weight lifting, “builds the strength and endurance of your muscles. Strength training reduces body fat and increases lean muscle mass.” Resistance training with bands or free weights is not reserved for body builders, professional sports, nor models. C9 Exercise Bands, for example, provide for a total body workout, allow for toning the arms and legs, and can be used in an “all-around strength workout”.
My current routine consists of five parts: warm-up, stretch (triceps, squats, lunges, remembering to breathe, etc.), get heart rate up (jump rope, jogging in place, circuit training, etc.), cool-down (stretching quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, chest, triceps, shoulders, core, back, etc.), and cardiovascular (treadmill, elliptical, bodyweight alternating lunges, jumping-jacks, squat thrusts, explosive pushups, etc.). Throughout the week and sometimes daily: abdominal, jogging, long hiking, and weights. Over the years I have taken a kickboxing session here and there as well. It’s an excellent way to mix the routine up.
Physical activity, in harmony with diet, is excellent for the mind, body, and soul. Do what activities you enjoy and make them as enjoyable as possible. Don’t fool yourself or allow others to fool you. Life is challenging, especially life when working out. Look online for free videos to watch and follow along with those. Music can be a great way to distract you from the boredom or difficulty of working out. Make a list of rewards that will incentivize you, this could be going to your favorite place, making your favorite meal, or simply putting a star on a chart showing off your accomplishment.
Travel is an opportunity to keep in shape, explore the surrounding area, and discover new strength and endurance ideas. Parks, hiking trails, beaches, and more can be used to keep your routine in place. Many hotels and resorts also have fitness centers. Bring resistance bands with you on vacation and business trips. Bands are light weight and easy to pack. In conjunction with a swim in the hotel pool, core work, and bands, your fitness will remain in check.
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Note: All information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education. See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice. Use of this information is at your own risk in regard to any losses, liabilities, injuries or damages resulting from any and all claims.
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