Resistance training is an important component in the physical activity pillar of lifestyle medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine defines resistance training as “a form of physical activity that is designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a muscle or a muscle group against external resistance.” They recommend 8 to 12 repetitions of an exercise in 2 to 3 sets performed 2 to 3 times/week. Resistance training can be more difficult during the pandemic because gyms are closed or the risk of COVID-19 exceeds a person’s comfort level at a public gym.
I have found using resistance bands extremely helpful in my personal exercise routine. They remind me of Joe Weider’s Chest Expander from my youth. However, the bands are easier to exchange and your skin does not get pinched when you release the tension! Thanks for reading! #lifestylemedicine #seniors #olderadults