Exercise Bands Verses Free Weights For Blind
I have been exercising for a lot of years now, and I have tried countless types of workouts. Jane Fonda was the greatest in the 80s because I could get her workout on a cassette. She was pretty good at describing and with some help from my friends, I could memorize the routines. I actually still pull out her weight lifting tape on occasion. I can do them without thinking too hard and it always feels so good to be finished.
I know that exercise bands are very popular now. They are easy to carry and they are fun and different. I have them and I use them for when traveling or for working just my feet. For every day at home use though, I do not recommend them. I find that they are harder to control and the risk of injury is greater due to being off balance. If you feel confident that you are equally strong on both sides of your body, then they are probably fine for you. Most people have a dominant side and without seeing yourself in a mirror it is difficult to know for sure that you are pulling the bands exactly the same way on both sides.
Free weights or weights that are not connected to a bar are absolutely my favorite. I know for sure that I am lifting the same amount of weight and I can gage which side is weaker. I keep several sizes so I can choose the best weight for each muscle group. Some days I use very light weights if I am feeling lazy or tired that day. I am not a fanatic, so I do not beat myself up if I skip a day or even a few days. The most important thing is to KEEP MOVING! Just move move move some every day.
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