You're busy, but fitting in exercise is important for controlling your weight and preventing health problems. Resistance tubes are a handy and inexpensive piece of equipment that work well for home workouts. Stash a set of resistance tubes under your bed or in the closet and you have an all-over workout right at your fingertips. Of course, don't skip cardio and make sure you're eating healthy for the best results.
Choosing Resistance Tubes
You'll get the most benefit from resistance tubes if you choose a set that fits your body size and abilities. Lighter colored tubes are generally lower in resistance and are good choices for beginners. As you get stronger, progress to the darker tubes. Longer tubes generally have less resistance, but one that is too long might interfere with your performance. Test out a few options before choosing the one that's best for you.
Regular use of resistance tubes yields the best results. Building strength in your muscles makes many day-to-day activities easier, including lugging the laundry basket down the hall and hefting groceries into the car. Using resistance tubes also builds strong bones and helps improve coordination and balance, according to the Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health. In addition, building lean muscle mass boosts your metabolism and increases your overall calorie burn. This is good if you're trying to lose weight and tone up at the same time.
Many exercises work well with resistance tubes and may contribute to weight loss. Mix and match them during each workout to maximize the benefits to all of the muscles in your body. Stand on the middle of your resistance tube and pull it up in front and behind your body, as well as out to your sides. Anchor the resistance tube around a secure object and pull it as if rowing with dumbbells. Lie on the middle of your resistance tube and pull it upward, mimicking a bench press. Wrap the tube around your back, hold each end with your hands on the ground and do pushups. The American Council on Exercise recommends two or three sets of 12 to 15 repetitions of each resistance tube exercise.
Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume. Yes, you'll burn calories using resistance tubes and boost your metabolism, but probably not enough to produce significant amounts of weight loss. You'll have to combine your resistance tube workouts with at least 2-1/2 hours of cardio each week. At the same time, ditch your poor eating habits and stick to a variety of foods from each food group. This ensures that you'll be getting the nutrients you need without overdoing it on calories.
- Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health: Resistance Tubing Exercises and Instructions
- University of Arkansas: Stretch It Out: Strength Training with Stretch Tubes
- American Council on Exercise: Resistance Tubing Workout
- MayoClinic.com: How to Choose Resistance Tubing
- Fitness: Spot Training: 5 Moves for Your Arms, Back, Legs, Butt, Shoulders
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