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With The Theraband, Exercise Is Made Simple Again

Aug 17, 2007
Theraband Exercise has swept the world because of its simplistic, convenient nature and truly profound results. The premise of Theraband Exercise is that one has a strip of elastic and uses to exercise very specific sets of muscles. Its strongest versatility point is that it can be used on almost any muscle or joint set to strengthen, tone, and increase mobility.

Theraband Exercise is utilized by physical therapists, athletes, and those with limited mobility. Because it is purely resistance training, the difficulty progresses with the user. Should you feel like working a muscle strenuously, faster, harder stretches will give a more productive workout. If you are unable to work at such a fast and difficult pace, slow, steady movements still strengthen joints and improve flexibility.

In one popular soccer exercise, a player holds the band that is tied around a teammate's waist. The constrained teammate attempts to head butt balls tossed to him while under the constraint. This increases his flexibility and muscles with a bit of resistance training.

A great deal of physical therapists will hold onto the loose ends of the band or tie it around a post while the patient puts his or her leg in the loop and moves it back and forth as fast as possible. This is especially effective for people recovering from a surgery or serious injury.

For busy moms, it is so simple to carry around the Therabands in one's car or purse. A little Theraband exercise can be conducted in the car (perhaps, while one is sitting in a school parking lot waiting for the kids). It is so simple to tie the band into a loop and perform quick arm or leg thrusts. Done on a daily basis for as little as fifteen minutes, one can see serious improvements in strength, flexibility, and range of movement.

Perhaps one of the most fantastic benefits of Theraband Exercise is its simplicity. Because it does not require very strenuous activity, the handicapped or obese can participate and gain the phenomenal benefits of a bit of resistance training. Those suffering from movement-impairing diseases (such as Multiple Sclerosis), can increase circulation and movement through Theraband Exercise. For people suffering with nerve conditions and other disorders, any kind of movement can be painful, let alone exercise. Theraband resistance training empowers the user to be in total control of the level of difficulty. There is no need to stand or be uncomfortable when using a Theraband, so one can get in movement without the risk of falling or becoming exhausted.

When one first sees a Theraband (as it merely is a strip of latex), the longevity and variety of strength training comes into question. However, many Theraband manufacturers created color-coded bands that signify thickness. A thicker band means more resistance. More resistance means harder work but bigger muscles. Some users have even doubled up the bands they are using to increase resistance. Shortening the length of the band you are using also provides more efficient strength training. Also, there are over three hundred exercises that can be conducted with a Theraband, working every muscle in the body.

Because Therabands are made of strong latex, the chance of any kind of breakage is almost nonexistence, even over time. There is no complicated equipment to clean. Should the band get dirty, cleaning is as simple as some running water and a paper towel.

Keep in mind, Therabands should not be used as a total fitness program, as cardiovascular exercise is necessary, as is good nutrition. It is recommend that an evening stroll or brisk bicycle ride accompany a good diet alongside your Theraband exercises.
About the Author
Owner of IsoBreathing Inc. and creator of IsoBreathing(r) Ellen has been teaching life style and fitness over 20 years and is a certified fitness practitioner and personal trainer. Find out about Isometric Exercise , Weight Loss Exercise or buy her Exercise DVD - visit http://www.isobreathing.com.
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