10-Minute Tuneups: Mini-band Workout Video
Anyone can find 10 minutes for fitness. Try the mini-band workout for an easy, portable way to get exercise
Source: Best Health Magazine, Summer 2012; Photo by Roger Kao
Mini-bands are an inexpensive and portable way to get a workout. They make essential travel fitness tools, too, because they take up little space and weigh next to nothing. Mini-bands, which measure nine inches when resting flat, also make it easy to work out at the cottage or beach. These elastic bands typically come in four tension levels: easy, light, intermediate and heavy. If you’re a beginner, use the easy one for upper-body and the light one for lower-body exercises. As you get stronger, you can move up to a heavier band, but only if you are able to maintain proper form.
You can also do this workout without mini-bands’use slow, controlled motions. For further explanation, check out our slideshow of The Mini-Band Workout.
Brent Bishop is owner of Think Fitness Studios in Toronto, and the regular fitness expert on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show.
About our 10-minute Tuneups
Ideally, we should be getting 30 minutes of fitness a day. But when time is tight, doing 10-Minute Tuneups whenever you can fit them in still makes a difference. Have fun!
This article was originally titled "10-Minute Tuneups: Mini-band fling!" in the Summer 2012 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!