Resistance bands may just be the most versatile workout gear you can own: Light and eminently packable, you can use them at work or while traveling. They are also perfect for home use, especially if you live in a small apartment.
What's more, you can get an entire set of bands (in different colors indicating different levels of resistance) for well under 50 bucks.
For something that looks so underwhelming—a flat or round piece of rubber, with handles or looped—a resistance band punches above its weight in terms of the workout it provides.
Like free weights, resistance bands allow you to work the stabilizer muscles that hold your body in position as you go through a range of motion. But unlike weights, bands do so without stressing your joints.
Here's a seven-exercise program that will work both your upper and lower body as well as your core. If it's been a while since you worked out, start with a single set of five reps for each exercise, and increase reps and/or sets—or move to bands of increasingly stronger resistance—as you gain strength.
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