In case you missed it (and if you did, we missed YOU and look forward to seeing you next month) at Faith & Food, this month I gave some tips on how to stay on track with your exercise routine while you are travelling this summer. A piece of equipment that is inexpensive, doesn’t take up a lot of space or end up holding your laundry, but is incredibly versatile, is the resistance band or resistance tube. They are sold at sporting goods stores, as well as most major retailers. I found mine at Ross for only $7.99—less expensive than one month of the cheapest of gym memberships.
I highly recommend having one because you can work out just about every muscle group with this little piece of equipment, and because it’s so compact, you can easily add it to any packed piece of luggage without taking up much space or adding a bunch of weight. You can choose your level of resistance by the type of band you choose. The level of resistance is also somewhat adjustable by how you use it.
So, you may ask, how DO I use it? Many will come with a basic set of exercises and directions on how to do them right in the package, but if instructions aren’t included, not to worry! Just Google “resistance band exercises” and you’ll find lots of options with exercises that focus on lower body, back, chest, shoulders, arms, or core. Try something new and have fun with it!