For weight training, I have been exercising mostly with dumbbells since I was thirteen, and at 45, although I exercise occasionally, I know now I have been in love. I do not use the 40 or 50-pound ones anymore. Just a set of 20-pound dumbbells keeps my muscles toned, and that is all I need.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve become more curious about alternative ways to stay fit and maintain muscle tone. Why?
Because I started having occasional knee pain after squatting, running for a few minutes, or after 30 minutes on the elliptical. I also noticed that my muscles recovered slower in a few days rather than a day or two. And after a pushup spree, I also had the first tendinitis of my life that lasted almost a year with medications and wrest immobilization.
This curiosity led me to explore the world of resistance bands, and I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences with you.
Dumbbells have always been my go-to for strength training. The familiarity and simplicity of using them have brought me comfort and consistency in my workouts. They offer a wide range of exercises that target multiple muscle groups and provide a sense of stability and control that I’ve come to appreciate. However, as my priorities have shifted, I’ve noticed a few drawbacks to using dumbbells exclusively.
Firstly, dumbbells can be bulky and take up space in my home. This has become a concern as I’ve downsized my living quarters and have less room for a dedicated workout area. Secondly, purchasing a full set of dumbbells can be quite expensive, especially considering the need to upgrade as my strength increases.
Enter resistance bands.
I was initially skeptical about the effectiveness of resistance bands, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their versatility and convenience. Resistance bands have various strengths and lengths, allowing for exercises targeting muscle groups like dumbbells. The portability of bands makes it easy to store them away when not in use or even take them on the go when I travel.
Furthermore, resistance bands provide a unique type of resistance called “linear variable resistance.” This means that as the band stretches, the resistance increases, making exercises feel more challenging toward the end of the movement. This has provided me with a new stimulus for my muscles, helping to break through plateaus and keep my workouts engaging.
As I continue to explore the world of resistance bands, I’ve incorporated them into my routine alongside my trusty dumbbells. This combination has allowed me to maintain my desired strength and muscle tone while adding variety and convenience to my workouts. It has also opened my eyes to the importance of being open-minded and willing to adapt to my fitness journey as my needs and circumstances change.
In conclusion, both dumbbells and resistance bands have their merits, and deciding which one is right for you depends on your preferences, fitness goals, and available space. Embracing both tools has provided the best of both worlds, keeping my workouts fresh and effective as I pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.