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Resistance Band Workout BY RACHEL DOELL a large rubber band can accomplish the same workout you are used to getting with your free weights and machines at the gym. If that is the comparison you are looking to draw, then yes, you are probably right. But have you ever tried putting a squatting rack into your purse? Not all of us can get out to the gym every day, and with the busy lives many of us lead, having purse-sized workout equipment is a tremendous help. Whether you’re at home, in a hotel room, or even at the office, resistance bands are a simple way to accomplish your fitness goals.

The Benefits of Resistance Band Workouts • You can take bands anywhere! • Performed correctly, resistance band workouts help to increase flexibility in the muscle. • They provide resistance throughout the entire motion. With free weights, there are times when the position of the weight offers little to no resistance (e.g., at the top of a bicep curl). • They are cost effective. Resistance band workouts were designed to eliminate any excuses you might have as to why you can’t get a workout in today. Over the past number of years, training with

resistance bands has increased in popularity at the gym, in fitness classes, as well as at home. If you’ve never tried doing a band workout, you probably are wondering how

• Multiple different lengths, tensions, and exercises allow you to complete a full body workout.

RACHEL DOELL is an instructor, personal trainer, mother, and wife who loves health and fitness. Her fitness company, Daily Routine Fitness, ( features simple ways to fit living a healthy life into your everyday routine. Read her blog: the good life  The Magazine of Nature’s Fare Markets  |  23

The Good Life - July/August 2015  
The Good Life - July/August 2015  

Live “The Good Life,” where family, community, and health come first.