We all know the challenges of staying fit and healthy during a pandemic. From sitting at your desk job for longer hours to creating a makeshift home gym for yourself, the ‘new normal’ is anything but healthy for our mind and bodies.
However, you can always come up with creative ways to solve your fitness problems. Whether you’re exercising at home or hitting the gym, resistance bands are sure to cater to all your fitness needs.
They will not only help you keep your gains but also increase them.
Benefits Of Resistance Band Workouts
Resistance bands help in improving the quality of your workouts by adding extra challenges for your muscles.
They are easy to carry and are designed to increase the intensity of compound exercises (exercises that work multiple muscle groups at the same time).
Apart from increasing muscle strength, they are also great for improving stability and control.
Best Resistance Bands Exercises
Now that you know all about the benefits of using resistance bands, here are some of the best upper body exercises that you can include in your routine.
1. Bicep Curls
For this exercise, you need to stand with your feet shoulder width apart, tuck the band under both your feet and do a regular bicep curl. You can do a single arm at a time or both together, the choice is yours.
2. Floor Press
For this exercise, lie on your back and tuck in the resistance band under your shoulders. Now hold the ends with your hands, drive up and away from the floor. This exercise is a great way to work your chest muscles without using any gym equipment.
3. Tricep Kickback
For this exercise, you’ll need to anchor the band to any other surface at about your waist height. Next, move up to an appropriate distance, against the band until you feel the resistance. Now bend at the waist and do the kickbacks. You can also do this exercise by tucking the bands under your feet.
4. Shoulder Press
Stand with your feet together and the resistance band tucked under. Now all that you need to do is drive your arms straight up and down, till your chest level. This exercise is sure to leave your muscles pumped.
5. The Upright Row
Stand on the resistance band with your feet together, in an upright position. While keeping your back straight, bring the band closer to your chin, with your elbows above the forearms.
6. Bent Over Row
Stand with your knees and back slightly bent and the resistance band tucked under your feet. Now, starting from a little below your knees, bring the band up to your chest level and repeat. You will feel your shoulder muscles being activated.
7. Reverse Fly
In this exercise, your stance will be the same as the bent over row. However, instead of pulling the band upto to your chest, you will be driving it away in a horizontal direction. Make sure to keep your back straight throughout to avoid injuries.
Resistance bands are great for anyone who is either always on the go or someone who loves working out but doesn’t have gym equipment at home. They help in intensifying your training, are easily customizable to suit your needs and can be carried literally anywhere.
Which one of these upper body exercises would you try? Tell us in the comments below!