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7 Resistance Band Exercises You Can Try at Home for a Perfect Body Shape

7 Resistance Band Exercises You Can Try at Home for a Perfect Body Shape

Do you ever feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to pack everything up, drive across town, and head to the gym for a good workout? Having so many responsibilities these days (like long work hours, children, or pets) makes going to the gym more complicated and seemingly impossible. If you’re one of those people who have a hard time getting to the gym, resistance band exercises could be your answer to a toned and healthy body.

You Can Easily Turn Your Home into a Gym Room With Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are some of the most versatile and easy exercise equipment you can find. They come in many different lengths, sizes, and strengths for challenging workouts and are relatively inexpensive for an entire set. Also, they are extremely portable and easy to store, making them perfect for stowing away at home and bringing them along on your vacation or to the gym. Keep reading for 7 of the best resistance band exercise ideas!

1. Squat

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    Tones butt and legs

    The Move: Stand on the band with feet spread hip-width apart. Holding the handles of the band in each hand, bring them up just above each shoulder to get tension in the band. Slowly squat like you are sitting in a chair with your chest up, keeping your abs tight and hands above the shoulders. Rise back up to standing position and repeat!

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    2. Woodchopper

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      Tones shoulders, abs, butt, and legs

      The Move: Anchor your band to a low anchor, like a table leg or lower doorway, about a foot off the floor. Stand so the anchor point is on your right with your feet a little wider than hip width. While holding the band handle in both hands at your right hip, bend at the knees and hips, so your thighs are parallel to the floor (like you’re sitting in a chair). Now stand and twist your torso to the left, pulling your arms diagonally across body towards left shoulder, up and outwards. Hold for a second and then return to the start position and repeat for 15 reps on each side.

      3. Ski Jump

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        Tones shoulders, abs, butt, and legs

        The Move: Find an anchor for your band that is above your head (like the top of a doorway). Facing your anchor point, hold your band handles in each hand, palms down, and feet at hip width apart. Start by lowering into a deep sitting position (squat) while simultaneously bringing arms down to your sides. Hold this position for a second and return to start position.

        4. Upright Row

          Tones shoulders, back, and legs

          The Move: Start by standing on your band with feet hip-width apart. Crisscross the band in front of you, and hold the crisscrossed handles in each hand in front of your body. Bend knees into a squat. With tension in the exercise band, slowly raise your hands up towards your chin and hold for a second, feeling the burn in your shoulders and upper back. Slowly lower down to starting position and repeat.

          5. Biceps Curl

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            Tones biceps

            The Move: Stand evenly on your exercise band using both feet with feet hip-width apart and handles in each hand. With hands in starting position down at your sides, keep your upper arms still and bend forearms at the elbow, raising the bands up towards your shoulders. Lower and repeat.

            6. Triceps Kickback

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              Tones shoulders and triceps

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              The Move: Start by standing with your feet a few inches apart and with the band under both feet. With a handle in both hands, bend at the hips, so your upper body is almost parallel to the floor. Starting with your upper arms parallel to the floor and lower arms at a 90-degree angle, slowly raise your lower arms towards your hips with palms facing the ceiling. Lower and repeat for more reps.

              7. Reverse Crunch

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                Tones back, abs, and thighs

                The Move: Attach the exercise band to a secure low anchor about a foot off the ground. Lie on your back facing the anchor and wrap the band around the tops of both feet. With your knees at a 90-degree angle, pull your knees towards your shoulders, contracting your abdominal muscles. Slowly return to start and do 15 to 20 reps.

                Putting it all together

                Now that you have the tools for an easy and portable workout plan, it’s time to put it all together. Using these resistance band exercises as an entire workout will give you a great total body burn. Shoot for 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps each. Do this 3 to 5 times per week to start toning up those lax muscles.

                Not only will resistance band exercises strengthen and tone your entire body, but they’ll also help give you more energy and confidence as you start to see results. Resistance band exercises can make your workouts more convenient and fun, helping you to stick with your exercise plan in the long run.

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                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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