Resistance bands – benefits and uses

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Resistance bands improve balance, strengthen isolated muscle groups, reduce the risk of injury, increase range of motion and help with the rehabilitation of injury.

What are the benefits of a resistance band?

  • Adaptable for multiple fitness levels
  • Can be used for whole body exercises
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Adds variety to workouts
  • Strengthens different muscle groups
  • Versatile and can be combined with other equipment

When can a resistance band be used?

  • During a warm up
  • For tight muscles and cramping; before, during or after physical activity
  • For use in conjunction with rehabilitation and to compliment physiotherapy treatment

Areas resistance bands can be used:

  • Lower limbs such as thighs, knees, ankles, feet
  • Upper limbs such as shoulders, arms, wrists, elbows

 Why do our physiotherapists recommend resistance bands?

“Resistance bands are great for stretching and strengthens different muscle groups. Resistance bands can be used for exercises for the feet, elbows, shoulders, knees and the middle back to help stabilise the joints.”

Resistance levels and colours at Trinity Laban Health:

Yellow – Very light resistance that provides little tension. Ideal for rehabilitation purposes and exercising small, stabilising muscles such as the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder joints.

Pink – Light to medium resistance that is appropriate for beginner and advanced exercisers or for those who would like to increase muscular endurance.

Purple – Medium resistance that is appropriate for beginner and advanced exercisers who want to work large muscles such as the hamstrings, quadriceps and chest muscles.

Green – Heavy resistance, ideal for, very, advanced exercisers who want high levels of resistance.

If you are unsure about the colour/resistance level for you always talk to your physiotherapist. In the next instalment we will be looking at the benefits of the foam roller.

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