Resistance bands have been around for many years for fitness & rehabilitation purposes. Resistance band exercises are great for
beginners but also works for the more experienced strength trainers.
They are versatile because the resistance can be adjusted. They're usually separated by band thickness (small, med, large). For example, If you want a harder workout you'll use a thicker(large) band and if you want an easier workout you'll use a thinner/lighter(small) band.
Resistance bands provide muscle building tension, and challenge your muscles by providing resistance in different directions. It forces you to stabilize your core against this resistance to maintain the correct movement pattern for each exercise, which also causes you to use multiple muscles at the same time. The result from using the band properly is increased strength in the targeted muscle group.
I started using resistance after injuring my shoulder (for rehab purposes). Because it's low impact, I was able to maintain strength in my shoulders without the worry of aggravating the injury.
There are many different exercises that can be done using resistance bands from rope crunches to squats. Pictured below are couple of exercises you can do using them.
The wonderful thing about resistance bands is that they are inexpensive, small and convenient, so you won't break the bank purchasing one and you can pack them in your suitcase when you travel or you can bring it to the gym. If you haven't already, go and purchase your resistance band today!