The Benefits of Resistance Band Training for Seniors
An integral part of strength training requires utilizing resistance band exercise. Why? Our amazing human body can acclimate to the demands placed upon it. This concept is truly the essence of ‘exercising’. Our bodies are designed to move. Every one of our body systems depends on it. So much to elaborate on here, but let’s just stick to our topic.
How to Choose the Best Resistance Bands for Your Workout
When health care and exercise training professionals practice the art of strength training, we use resistance to move more force production than our bodies are ‘used to’. Over time, our bodies adapt and transform to be able to push through this mass more easily. I’m sure you have felt these effects first hand some time in your life. Whether you are using weights, lifting heavy objects at work or home, or completing repetitive tasks with weight, you have at some point certainly felt the effects that you became accustomed to these tasks with greater ease over time. This is precisely the concept of strength training.
The Efficacy of Elastic Resistance Training Compared to Traditional Resistance Training Methods
We at Desire Wellness offer a low-cost product of resistance bands to purchase that allows you to use resistance to improve your overall body strength. What are the best resistance bands to use? Honestly, it doesn’t matter. Are you amazed that I’m being brutally honest here? All that matters is that you have equipment that will allow you to use objects that require more work than your body is used to. As a physical therapist treating people of all ages and socio-economic status, the luxury of purchasing gym memberships is usually not an option. I have taught thousands of my previous patients to use cans of food, old resistance bands that they have had for many years, using ankle weights, or even modifying their workout programs to use their body weight.
To validate this rationale, please read this article I have located at the National Library of Medicine called ‘Effects of training with elastic resistance versus conventional resistance on muscular strength: A systematic review and meta-analysis”.
This article demonstrates the differences between using traditional weights and expensive workout machines vs. using exercise tubes and bands in gaining strength in a workout program. In conclusion, elastic resistance training can promote similar strength gains to conventional resistance training using free weights and sophisticated workout machines often found in expensive gyms.
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Dr. Marty Sanchez is a licensed Physical Therapist and owner of Desire Wellness where he, and his wife, Dr. Emily Sanchez have teamed up with other primary care providers to bring multiple resources for healing, improved vitality and mobility. Dr. Marty received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2005. Follow Dr. Marty Sanchez on Facebook and LinkedIn