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Resistance training builds resistive power in body muscles and there are many benefits to adding these exercises to your weekly routine.
- These exercises are good for joints as they strengthen stabiliser muscles without posing a threat of muscular rupture.
- Resistance training is low impact exercise so they gradually increase muscular power by making the muscles work against a force.
- Apart from increasing body balance; resistance exercises are good for maintaining flexibility of the body.
- Resistance exercises gradually build stamina of the body. Improved stamina equals to less fatigue and a more active lifestyle.
- Regular resistance training exercise can help improve posture.
For resistance training band exercises at home you just need a resistance-band and something to anchor it to. You can find resistance bands in varying types, sizes and tensions. Choose one that best suits you. You can customise exercises yourself if you understand the concept of these exercises but the focus should be on using the resistance band to create a counter force while you work your muscles.
A Guide to Resistance Bands by WheelPower
The WheelPower Resistance Bands programme has gifted hundreds of new sets during the Covid-19 pandemic to support disabled people across the UK to stay active from their homes. In this video Ella Beaumont introduces you to your resistance bands pack, explains what is included and demonstrates how to safely use your new equipment to improve your fitness. After watching this introduction please do check out some of the further Resistance Bands Workouts delivered by the WheelPower instructors below:
Resistance Band Workouts from WheelPower
Shoulder Stability Exercises
The majority of wheelchair users will experience problems with their shoulders whether it is general wear and tear or injuries. Limiting their use is not good for your general health or is not an option for your independence. Good management of the joints and muscles can prevent a lot of this.
These exercises performed 2 or 3 times a week can help build strength to the stabiliser muscles and increase/maintain the mobility of the joints.
If you are experiencing a new or extreme pain it is important for it to be checked out by your Health Professional.
Exercise at Home with Bob
Our Physical Activity Advisor Bob O’Shea demonstrates some simple but effective exercises using resistance bands that can be adapted to anyone, in any environment.
Ella's Wheelchair Workout: Resistance Bands Mix Up
This is a whole workout using our resistant bands. During this workout we mix up exercises by attaching our resistance bands to our door frames or around our wheelchairs. Hopefully, this video will give you a few ideas on how to get the full potential from your resistant bands.
Shoulder stability with a resistance band
In today's video we are going to be working on our shoulders and specifically their stability. As a wheelchair user shoulder health is paramount so it's important that we look after them by strengthening them correctly. This workout can be made harder or easier with more or less resistance.
Resistance Bands Chest Workout
This workout session is focused on working our chest muscles and the muscles that support them with movements. The idea is to build strength here without having to transfer and lie down to do a bench press. Building chest strength is super important for our daily lives as it's a primary muscle used in pushing a Wheelchair. So whether you are into sports and trying to get that extra edge, or just wanting to help your fitness on your leisurely pushes, then this is for you!
Apply for your FREE set of Resistance Bands
Apply now for a set of resistance bands so that you can keep active at home during this difficult time. If your application is successful we will send you a resistance band set which will include hand grips, ankle straps and a door anchor that make it easier to target different muscle groups, including biceps and triceps, back and shoulders, chest and legs and abdominals. Resistance training builds resistive power in body muscles and there are many benefits to adding these exercises to your weekly routine.
The bands can be used for the exercises features in our Resistance Band Workouts, warming up before exercising, strength training or physical therapy rehabilitation. They are designed for aerobic and anaerobic exercise, physical fitness and weight loss.
You must be a UK resident and have a physical impariment to apply.