Benefits of Resistance Training: Elastic Bands vs. Weight Lifting

resistance-training_man-womanNo longer is a basic cardio workout, such as swimming, walking, or biking, enough to keep you healthy and strong as you age. Medical research has shown resistance training is vital to building bone density, controlling your weight (because more muscle mass means more calories burned), managing chronic health conditions (such as diabetes), and improving your balance, focus, and stamina.

Resistance training refers to using an opposing force to exercise your muscles. This opposing force can either be through the use of resistance tubes or weights. Resistance tubes, more commonly known as resistance bands, are of an elastic and flimsy material that, when pulled taut, engage your muscles and break down muscle fibers, just as weights do. Free weights (commonly made of case iron or steel, and sometimes coated with vinyl) or weight machines are two forms of weight lifting equipment used to add resistance.

These types of training equipment share similarities: both allow for a free range of motion at varying speeds, while also allowing you to increase the amount of resistance as your strength progresses. However, because lifting weights must be done along the vertical plane in order to work your muscles, resistance bands have an added benefit because you can also move along the horizontal plane. This wider range of motion more closely imitates everyday, functional activities.

The OfficeGym is a resistance training device designed to build strength and endurance for every day health. The unit’s dual velcro straps attach to the backrest of any chair and the elastic bands and pulley system provide resistance as you perform traditional weightlifting movements. The locking system lets you flip the handle tubes in different positions, allowing a complete range of resistance exercises.

No one method of resistance training is greater than the other. As long as your muscles are contracting against external resistance—whether it’s weights, machines, or resistance tubing, the exercises will work to help you build strength and tone.
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