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  • 21 November 2023

Benefits of…resistance band exercises

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Using resistance bands whilst exercising can be a great way to help improve your strength and flexibility, muscle stability and coordination. A versatile piece of equipment that can be added to your exercise routine, they can be used to exercise all areas of the body.

The NHS recommends that we do muscle-strengthening exercises two or more times a week, working all the major muscle groups which include back, hips, legs, chest, shoulders, arms and abdomen.

How to use them

Resistance bands are large elastic bands or loops that can be used for a wide range of exercises. Here’s a list of exercises to try out:

  • Chest press
  • Bicep curl
  • Tricep press
  • Leg press
  • Squats
  • Seated calf press
  • Lateral raise

The British Heart Foundation have put together this great video demonstrating a range of resistance band exercises:


Where to use them

A budget friendly option, resistance bands can be used during group exercise sessions, or at home, helping to enhance your workouts without having to pay for gym membership.  They are also great for use during seated exercise and good for people with limited mobility and those new to exercise.

There are a wide range of resistance bands available with different levels of resistance.  Have a look around the shops and try a few out to find the best for you.

Please seek medical advice if you’re unsure about exercising with an existing health condition.

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