Posts Tagged ‘resistance bands’

It’s Summer – Time To Get Fit Again!

Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by

Summer is here, and it’s time to get that beach body! I don’t have a lot of time to work out and what little down time I do have, isn’t enough to get to the gym, and I certainly can’t afford crazy exercise machines. Here’s a few workout ideas I got from my sister, who has a crazy college schedule and still manages to be fit and healthy. I like all these workouts because I can fit them in between loads of laundry, or while I’m watching TV and I don’t have to spend a small fortune of equipment.  These are just a few examples:

Resistance Band Row

Sit on the ground or on an exercise mat and extend your legs out in front of you. Hold the ends of a long, flat resistance band in each hand. Wrap the center of the band around the arch of your feet. Sit up straight, and hold your hands out in front of you in fists, choosing either a horizontal or vertical fist position. Pull back on the resistance bands, bending your elbows as your squeeze your shoulders together. When your upper arms come in line with your back, reverse the movement and return the band to the starting position. Continue the exercise, repeating the movement 12 to 15 times. Try not to use your momentum to make you move- you’ll pull something.

Chest Lift (Exercise Ball)

Chest lift is a great AB workout. It works the upper and lower abs. You will also have to use your legs, and your butt muscles to stay stable.  First, sit on the exercise ball and walk your feet out and pull your abs in and up to roll down on the ball so that your back is supported by the ball. You will probably be a little less than even with the floor. Put your hands behind your head, elbows wide. Inhale (breathing is really important- I used to hold my breath and I would get worn out much quicker) Exhale: Pull your abs in deeply to curl your head and upper spine up. Do not tuck your pelvis. Leave your shoulders down.  Inhale: Return to start position. Repeat 3 to 6 times.

Resistance Tube Bicep Curls

This is by far my favorite item to workout with. There are so many different routines you can do to work various parts of your body. Start by bending your knees keeping your back straight when positioning the resistance tubes underneath the balls of your feet. Stand up and raise your hands slightly so that there is a small amount of resistance before starting the exercise with your palms facing upwards. This time you will be using one arm at a time starting with the weakest. Exhale as you curl the tube up keeping your upper arm strong and solid to your side squeezing your bicep at the top of the motion. Inhale as you lower the tube back to the starting position in a slow, controlled manner not allowing your arm to fully lockout or the tube to become relaxed before starting the next rep with the other arm and tube. Repeat this technique alternatively with both tubes and arms.

Hope this helps.  Have a great Summer!

Resistance Bands

Posted on: June 23rd, 2010 by

exercise productsYou gotta love the creative ways people come up with useful applications of surgical tubing! Take a look at the photo here of these resistance tubes, also sometimes called resistance bands, even though tubes are typically much stronger—and provide higher resistance—than mere bands. Of all the exercise products available, these are among the most versatile and useful.

You’ve seen surgical tubing used, undoubtedly, for those high-powered slingshots often called “wrist rockets.” The elastic tubing is terrifically strong, providing resistance perfect for a wide variety of workout situations. These are truly a must for the person serious about physical fitness whether aerobic or even strength training. I’d say these are as important to the cardio conscious individual as workout gloves are to the person “pumping iron.”

Exercise Mats and Accessories

Posted on: May 14th, 2010 by

exercise mats and accessoriesConsider a Whale Therapeutic Back Bench to your quiver of exercise mats and accessories. If you have never laid eyes on one, take a look at this picture of the woman stretching her back. Is your back that flexible? Wouldn’t it be great if it were? Over the years, our spines tend to curve forward, resulting in “humpback” in old age. With the use of the Whale, you can counteract that effect, keeping your spine supple.

Some other benefits include:

• Reduces vertebrae and disc compression, pain and discomfort.
• Improves posture.
• Relaxes back and abdominal muscles.
• Increases blood flow to brain.
• Promotes cognitive abilities.
• Promotes greater well-being.
• Improves sleep patterns.
• May restore lost height due to curvature of spine, over time.

Maintaining our flexibility as we age isn’t easy, to be sure. We need all the help we can get, and one way to encourage our diligence is to have useful equipment around to facilitate regular exercise. Exercise mats, resistance tubes, or the increasingly popular resistance bands, all can help you maintain your flexibility and push back the effects of aging on your body.