As resistance bands stretch, they create increased tension in your muscles and cause them to contract. The more you stretch the band, the more intense the resistance gets, and the harder the exercise becomes. You can also create more resistance by holding the resistance band in a way increases tension—like bringing your hands closer together when doing arm moves, for example.
2. Add assistance, not just resistance
Resistance bands can also assist your progress with difficult exercises. For example, for those wanting to get better at pull-ups, simply attach the resistance band to the bar and either under your knee or foot to work your way up to an unassisted version. As you perform the pull-up with the band, your weight is supported by the band, making the exercise more accessible.
3. Lightweight and portable
These bands make the perfect companion to those wanting to exercise when traveling. They are extremely lightweight and can easily be stashed in your suitcase or hand luggage.
4. Suitable for almost everyone
Resistance bands work your muscles like weights do – your muscles contract to generate force to stabilize and control the desired movement. However, unlike weights, resistance bands don’t rely on gravity to provide the resistance. This means that the body can move and expand the range of motion in certain exercises (e.g. lift the arms higher in a sidearm lift).
Resistance bands have been the staple for those in rehabilitation from a sports or muscle-related injury. This is because resistance bands don’t apply pressure in the way that weights do, keeping your joints—and everything else—safe. Moreover, people of any age and fitness level can get an effective workout using resistance bands, as many exercises and stretches can be done from a seated position.
5. Protects your bones and joints
Resistance bands help your bones get stronger pretty much the same way they do your muscles. Strength training, in general, can support your bones to build more cells and become more dense, preventing conditions like osteoporosis and back pain. Because rubber bands provide extra resistance, they increase the effectiveness of strength exercises and kick start bone building. Using resistance bands for training can also lower the impact of exercises, giving your joints a little more love.