Taking your resistance workout with you on the road is simple -- just pack a resistance band along with the rest of your necessities. Bands are lightweight, versatile and more cost effective than other, less-portable equipment. Resistance bands are easy on your joints and tendons, too. If there is a small drawback, it's that they may come with some assembly required. Attaching a handle strap to each end of the band makes it easier to use, but unless you've attached them before, this process can be tricky.
Lay one of the handle straps on a flat surface, like a countertop or table, positioned horizontally with the larger looped end on the left and the smaller loop on the right.
Place one end of the resistance band on top of the strap, so that it's laying directly over the sewn section between the two looped ends. Position the band so the end extends past the handle 2 to 3 inches. The rest of the length of the band will hang down off the edge of the counter.
Pick up the large looped end of the handle strap in your left hand and the smaller looped end in your right hand. Use the fingers of your right hand to open the loop of the smaller end.
Pass the large end through the opening of the small end, taking care not to let the resistance band slip off the handle.
Draw the large end up with one hand while you use your other hand to pull the knot that's been created on the small end down. The band will be secured in that knot, with a loose end of 2 to 3 inches sticking out.
Pull the knot tight to fix the band firmly in place.
Repeat the steps on the opposite side of the band to attach the second handle.
- You can re-use your handle straps when your resistance band becomes worn. Just undo the knot on each handle and attach them to a new band.
Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.