How To Make Your Resistance Bands Last Longer
In the previous post, we discussed about the durability of resistance bands and how to spot signs of wear and tear on your bands. Resistance bands are a great tool for workout. In addition, they are also durable and last anywhere between 1 to 2 years which makes it a good investment for your fitness. There are ways in which you can extend the lifespan of your resistance bands. Be sure to follow, the tips below consistently so that you do not have to spend extra cash on new bands.
Use multiple bands at once
This is the most effective tip to reduce wear and tear and prevent bands from snapping, especially if your bands are thin. Using at least 2 bands for your exercises reduces the strain exerted on each individual resistance band while giving your the same amount of tension. Since most resistance bands comes in a set, it would not be difficult for you to find a comnination of bands to provide the right amount of tension. You can even use 3-5 bands if you want to be safe.
However, some people might find having more resistance bands on their handles to be a hassle as it might get messy when the bands tangle and loop around one another. Good news is that multiple bands will not cause problems for most bands exercises.
Keep them dry
Although resistance bands are not metallic in nature and do not rust, exposure to water might cause chemical changes on the surface of the bands. Since most bands are made of rubber, the surface might experience a slight degree of corrosion due to exposure to water. For some resistance bands, the surface colour may fade due to chemical changes, over time, the band may have white tinge.
Keeping the resistance bands dry is not difficult. Most of the time, you do not come into direct contact with the bands, through the handles or ankle strap, the bands are pulled. However, your feet and body might come into direct contact with the bands in some cases. For example, when doing static standing exercises, the feet is pressed against the bands to hold it in place and when doing exercises like shoulder press, tricep extensions, the bands might press against the back of your torso as you extend them fully.
Thus, you should try to keep your torso and feet dry, for some people who prefer working out naked in their home, drying your body with a towel before doing the bands exercises stated above may help.
Switch Them & do not overstretch
You might have a favourite band that provides you with the ideal tension but try not to use the same band over and over for a long period of time, try to switch to bands of different resistance once in a while to spread the workload and extend the lifespan of the bands.
Also, all resistance bands have a tendency of snapping when stretched too far. In most cases, it is unlikely that you would need to stretch a ban that much such that it snaps. However, try to refrain from stretching them for more than 2x the length of then band.
Buy thicker bands
There are a few ways to spot a high quality resistance bands, the best way is through the band’s thickness. Usually, high quality resistance bands are thicker and the bands feel fuller when squeezed. For those interested in spending extra on good quality bands, I would recommend the Sunframe extreme bands or gofit progym resistance bands.