We finally get over our objections about exercise and then we hit another brick wall….OUR WALLET! Most people believe that all exercise to build muscle requires pumping iron like our friend Arnold. Investing in weights is pretty pricey, but you are about to discover a way to keep your wallet FAT, and your body LEAN.
Resistance bands are life savers. They create extraordinary amounts of tension. You can use them to workout just about any muscle in your body. The bands come in many colors and each band provides it’s own level of resistance. What makes them so effective is the constant resistance throughout an exercise. When you work with weights, gravity typically controls when the resistance occurs. With resistance bands, your primary and stabilizer muscles are being worked consistently.
Remember when I said you could use them just about anywhere? It’s true. Some resistance bands can give you more than 60 pounds of resistance. If you’re traveling, that’s no problem. Now, try fitting 60lbs dumbbells in your carry on. Not very practical.
Most bands come with a door attachment, so you can simulate the same motions as if you were doing pull-ups. As you can see from the picture above, they are very compact and easy to travel with. I’ve used resistance bands extensively during travel and sometimes I feel like the workouts were more intense than with weights.
Now, you can pay for a pricey gym membership and a personal trainer. OR, you can give home fitness a try. There are some inexpensive home fitness programs that offer challenging workouts with a proper nutrition guide. Even better, you can decide when you’d like to workout. These programs are much less that an annual gym membership and give you focused direction so you get the most from your routines. If you’re on a budget, these can work well for you. We recommend a few on our web page.
You’ve just learned of a few ways to bulk that wallet and your muscles at very little cost. You can think of hundreds of reasons why this won’t work for you, but all you need is one reason why it will.