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This Christmas I was excited about all the fitness-related gifts I received, especially a new resistance band kit. It's been raining a lot lately, and as a result I haven't been able to ride my bike to the gym as much as I'd like. It's a bummer, but using my resistance bands at home has kept me from going nuts. I use them to tone and strengthen as well as stretch. And even though it's not exactly the same as getting to my yoga class or climbing gym, it works the same areas of my body — hips, thighs, arms, back, you name it, it works it!
What's great about a resistance band is how inexpensive it is — you can easily find a good one for under $10 or a three-piece set for around $30. They're small and store easily, making them ideal for traveling or tucking away in a desk drawer at work. And depending on your level of strength, there's one for everyone — from light to super heavy tension and everything in between.
Read why I think you should learn to love resistance bands when you read more
If you're looking to tone up this summer, using dumbbells is a great way to get results. I've noticed that for certain exercises, like bicep curls, I can use a heavier weight, but since I have a torn rotator cuff, I need a lighter weight when doing side dumbbell raises.
I've discovered something that has solved my problem. Instead of buying tons of different sets of weights, check out PlateMates. They are hexagon-shaped weights that attach to any metal weight securely with 3 superstrong magnets. Use them with solid metal dumbbells, Olympic bars, power blocks, or stack weight machines.
You can get either a pair of 5/8 lb or a pair of 1 1/4 lb weight plates ($23.99), so you can add a bit more weight to your dumbbell when you're working muscle groups that you want to work harder. It's called "microloading," and it's a safe way to avoid injury to muscles and tendons when increasing intensity for toning, strengthening or physical therapy.
Fit's Tips: Check out your local fitness store to see if they sell PlateMates so you can try them out for yourself. Or you can order them at bodytrends.com.
Check out the Hula Chair. Basically, you plant your feet flat in front of you, press the button, and start moving your hips and core in a circular motion.
The makers say it will improve your balance and coordination as it gently aligns your spine and improves blood circulation. You'll love how it feels as it works out your abs and mid-section. They say it is a great way to warm up for any activity.
Hmm, you could spend $199.95 on this ("operators are standing by 24 hours a day"), or buy 3 regular hula hoops from Wham-o for just $14.95. Then you can hula hoop with some friends, and for only $5 each.