There are many benefits to using resistance bands for home workouts. During the current lockdown, we are all finding new ways to work out at home and this blog covers some things you can do with resistance bands.
Benefit 1: Adding Intensity to squatting at home
The resistance bands live up to their name, they add resistance to your workout. They get your muscles working even harder than if you were using a more traditional exercise equipment such as dumbells. The bands provide an external resistance for your muscles to work against, your muscles have to fully engage in order for you to be able to fight the resistance. Squatting while using the bands is an excellent way to tighten everything up, it gets your glutes to switch on and get going. The added resistance will give you far better results than just doing normal squatting, as your muscles will have to work extra hard.
As well as working your muscles harder, the band can help fix a very common mistake that people make with squats. The resistance band helps you keep proper squat form allowing you to feel the burn and increase your reps as you workout. Using this equipment opens your hips, meaning you can go lower in the correct position, which in turn creates a more effective and intense workout for your legs and glutes, making it a great way to get that perfect bubble butt you’ve been aiming for.
Benefit 2: Starting new exercises at home
A great advantage of home workouts is trying new exercises without worrying about doing it wrong in front of a crowd of people who know exactly what they’re doing. All beginners will relate to being intimidated at the gym. This fear of looking like a newbie is something we might have all experienced at one time or another in our health journey - it shouldn't prevent our exercise or dictate our form. Being in the comfort of your own home, you can try a variety of new exercises without having to worry about messing up in front of people.
There are so many exercises to do at home with resistance bands to tone up your lower body. Here are a few ideas of home exercises you can do:
- Donkey kicks
- Fire hydrants
- Side plank leg lifts
- Jump squats
- Hip abduction
We’ve already talked about adding intensity to your squats but if you are just getting started with squats, here’s how to do it right. Pull the resistance band up to your thighs, just above the knee, and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself into the squat position and repeat for as many reps as you wish.
Benefit 3: Build strength with more resistance
Using the resistance bands is an excellent way to progress and 'up the ante' of your normal at-home workout. Adding a boost of intensity to your ordinary workout regime will get you strengthening your muscles and increasing your endurance. Giving you the chance to achieve the body goals and muscle toning you’re been working hard for. The added intensity is a good way to challenge and push your body that bit further.
Do you and your body and favour and grab yourself a resistance band. The perfect home exercise equipment can easily be yours, a great way to spend your quarantine time, you can emerge from isolation a toned and healthy, just in time for summer.