Do you ever have those days where you have a limited amount of time at the gym, but feel like you can’t get a solid workout done? Sometimes, a thirty minute cardio set is all you may be able to do, but there’s a way to get more of a benefit out of those thirty minutes: adding weighted bands.
There are a few different ways to add some extra weight to your workouts. The first is with a weighted vest, strapped over your shoulders and around your waist. As long as it’s properly adjusted to be aligned with your center of gravity, the vest will add resistance to your core muscles, causing them to work harder. The added bonus of the vest is that you can increase and decrease the amount of weight in the vest.
Another option for weighted exercise is through ankle and wrist weights. It’s the same concept as the vest, but more isolated to your arms and legs. Some have adjustable weights, but many are a preset weight.
In Doctor Becerra’s experience, weighted exercise can make a big difference! Since using ankle and wrist weights during his cardio exercises, he’s noticed that he has more stamina and strength. Even after a workout, he feels stronger, which helps tremendously when he’s adjusting patients all day.
One thing to be cautious of, despite the benefits of weighted exercises, is doing “too much, too soon.” You need to make sure that you aren’t over stressing your body; just as you wouldn’t go from lifting forty pounds to one hundred pounds in a single day, you shouldn’t add a large amount of weight on all at once. Slowly condition your body, building up the weight as you go. If you don’t, you risk injury to your joints and muscles.
So for times where you need to add intensity for a short amount of time, or just add some extra resistance for a regular workout, weighted bands are an easy option.