Tips for Using Exercise Bands

6 New Ways to Use Resistance Bands

When your workout starts to feel stale, shake things up with resistance bands

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Enhance Your Stretch

You know that resistance bands can be used to strengthen your muscles, but they can also help you stretch your hamstrings, glutes, quads, and more, says David Jack, a performance coach and director of Teamworks Fitness in Acton, MA. To stretch your glutes and hams, lie on your back with your left knee bent. Loop the resistance band around your right foot by placing the center of the band on top of your foot and crossing each side under your arch. (This creates more stability than simply using your arch to anchor the band.) Hold each end of the band as you pull your knee toward your body. From there, it’s easy to transition into a quad stretch. Roll on to your left side and use your left forearm for balance. Bend your right knee and pull both ends of the band up your back and over your right shoulder. (Search: What are the health benefits of stretching?)

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