…Of­fer a ver­sa­tile ex­er­cise op­tion. These sim­ple rub­ber bands are light­weight, por­ta­ble and in­ex­pen­sive.

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Get fit us­ing re­sis­tance bands

Re­sis­tance bands are one of the most ver­sa­tile ex­er­cise tools you can pur­chase, of­fer­ing many op­tions for strength­en­ing your mus­cles and im­prov­ing your flex­i­bil­ity. Made from nat­u­ral or syn­thetic rub­ber, re­sis­tance bands are avail­able as sim­ple strips, loops (which re­sem­ble large rub­ber bands), or moulded rub­ber tubes with han­dles. Like weights, the bands come in a range of dif­fer­ent re­sis­tance lev­els, which are in­di­cated with colours. The colours vary among man­u­fac­tur­ers, but with all of them the force is di­rectly re­lated to the per­cent­age of elon­ga­tion. The amount of re­sis­tance ranges from about three pounds to about 22 pounds, and changes through­out the ex­er­cise (i.e, at the be­gin­ning of a stretch there will be less re­sis­tance, but at full stretch there will be more). It is rec­om­mended that you check with your doc­tor be­fore start­ing an ex­er­cise reg­i­men, es­pe­cially if you’ve pre­vi­ously led a seden­tary life­style. If you’re rea­son­ably fit, start out with medium-re­sis­tance bands and work your way up to heavyre­sis­tance bands.

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