Resistance Band Training for Plus-Sized People

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Beginning Resistance Band Trainingobility Problems Prevent Exercise for Plus-Sized Peopl Many people who are overweight or obese suffer joint pain and mobility problems, making exercise even more difficult to achieve. The inability to exercise can compromise our ability to lose weight and keep it off. In fact, HealthCentral readers have commented that they've regained weight after gastric bypass surgery because of their inability to exercise owing to knee and back problems.

Resistance Band Training or Plus-Sized People

Resistance bands, also known as exercise bands, fitness tubes, and resistance cords, offer a method of strength training without joint pain and injury. The American College of Sports Medicine says the bands were first used as a training exercise for older adults in nursing homes.  Nowadays, resistance brands are an effective exercise option for beginners and athletes. The more you know about resistance bands the better you'll be able to choose the method that's right for you.

The American College of Sports Medicine offers this free download, Selecting and Effectively Using Resistance Bands for Exercise.

Resistance bands are one of the most affordable and convenient exercise equipments available. You can use them anywhere -- in your home, at the office, at the park -- and even pack them in your travel luggage.


Resistance bands are an affordable exercise option. Shown above is the Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with 5 bands of varying resistance (4-75lbs), door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart, and carrying case for $29.99.

Resistance bands offer no resistance at first. They start adding more and more resistance as they are stretched until they reach their limit. The resistance adjusts again as the bands return to resting position. Bands are available in varying amounts of resistance, from 2-lbs to 96-lbs or more, allowing you to choose the intensity that is appropriate for your fitness level.


The DVD above explains full routines that can be completed while seated, which make it possible for people with standing or balance problems to exercise with resistance bands.

Resistance band exercises are good for beginner to athlete fitness levels. Be sure you are fit for exercise and start with basic beginner moves. If you have physical limitations, see a fitness professional for specific guidance. As your fitness progresses, you can do more advanced moves with higher intensity for a higher level of training.

Interested in getting started? Here's the 20-Minute Resistance Band WorkOut for Beginners that I do.

You also may wish to read  8 Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk  or  5 Exercise Apps for the Office - (Mostly) Free Downloads.

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