Michael de la Paz, PT, APTA-CCI
Director of Rehabilitation
Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
Have you ever made a New Year's resolution that you have a hard time keeping? Exercise is on the top of the list of many New Year's resolutions that have poor follow through. Ever wonder why? Setting unrealistic goals is one of them. I have a suggestion for a simple way of performing your daily exercises in the comfort of your own home.
Benefits of Resistance Training
Did you know that our muscles only get stronger if you add resistance to your work out? Muscles won't grow unless you subject them to higher loads than you are used to. Resistance training overloads your muscles progressively. In response to this type of training, muscles increase in a cross sectional area, thus increasing in size. As they become bigger, they can withstand heavier loads. After a few months, you will see the results of all your hard work. You have become stronger and your muscles show a more defined shape.
Resistance Bands and Tubes
One good way of adding resistance to your daily exercise routine is by using a resistance band or tubing. These bands are usually color coded - the lighter the color, the lighter the resistance. Darker color bands have higher resistance. These bands can be easily anchored down while you grab the free end and perform the motion of your exercise routine of your choice. While performing resistance training, resistance bands allow for freedom of movement, which also increases joint flexibility.
Despite all the activity, it takes several weeks to months to see the results of all your hard work. Be patient and consistent with your training.
Michael De La Paz is the Director of Rehabilitation at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.