Who knew, resistance bands & tubes, a small thin piece of stretchy rubber could be so effective for rehabilitation and strength training? For under $15, one can purchase a flat resistance band or foam handle tube and do countless exercises practically anywhere. These inexpensive bands offer a graded scale of resistance that allows the user to visually see their improvement. Althea offers 4 different resistances by color: Canary, which is the lightest resistance followed by Rose (medium-light), Emerald (medium-heavy) and Aqua (heaviest). Depending on the injury, a physician will recommend the appropriate resistance as well as exercise to help in the rehabilitation process. As for strength training, the exercises are endless; from bicep curls to squats these resistance bands & tubes have your workout routine covered.
A few of our favorite exercises are listed below for a quick reference:
1. CHEST FLIES: 1.) Secure middle of band to stationary object at shoulder level. 2.) Face away from attachment in a staggered step, one leg in front of the other. 3.) Grasp bands at shoulder level with your elbows straight. 4.) Keep elbows straight and pull inward with palms inward. 5.) Slowly return and repeat.
2. TRUNK CURL-UP: 1.) Securely attach the ends of band to a stationary object near the floor. 2.) Lie on back with knees bent, holding ends of bands in hands, arms in front and elbows straight. 3.) Keep hands close together and curl trunk upward, lifting shoulder blades from floor. 4.) Hold and slowly return.
3. HIP ADDUCTION: 1.) Attach tension band to a secure object at ankle level. 2.) Stand with involved leg toward pull. 3.) Keep knee straight, pull in, moving leg inward crossing opposite knee. 4.) Slowly return to starting position and repeat.
4. LUNGE: 1.) Stand with one foot on middle of band. 2.) Grasp ends of band and loop around hands at chest level, keeping elbows bent. 3.) Place other leg behind with knee slightly bent. 4.) Keep trunk straight and bend front knee, lowering body downward. 5.) Slowly return to upright position and repeat.
With these resistance bands and tubes being cost effective, small enough to travel with and so versatile, why would you not want to add these to your rehabilitation or strength training exercises? For more information or to purchase these products visit our Exercise & Rehab category or by clicking on Resistance Tubes or Tension Bands product page to do so.