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This anti-aging resistance bands workout can build muscle in 20 minutes.

As featured in fitandwell.com

Roll back the years with this full body, anti-aging resistance band workout which can be done anytime, anywhere.

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Of the many, many anti-aging tips and tricks out there, strength training is one of the most critical. Whether you use resistance bands, weights or your own bodyweight, incorporating strength training into your routine can make a real difference to the way your body ages.

The best resistance bands have an advantage over adjustable dumbbells as they're extremely portable and safe for beginners to use, which means this workout is great for all fitness levels. Not finding it very challenging? Double up a longer band to increase the tension, or use a thicker band.

PT Kate Rowe-Ham (founder of Owning Your Menopause) has put together a 20-minute anti-aging resistance band workout, together with diagrams from resistance band company The Slouch Potato. For best results, use a long loop resistance band.

 

ANTI-AGING RESISTANCE BANDS WORKOUT


Kate recommends aiming for 10-12 reps and four sets of each exercise. “These moves will help with functional movement as well as building strength for mobility and longevity,” she says.

“Perform each movement slowly, smoothly and with control,” adds Vicki Williams, founder of the Slouch Potato. “Engage your core & remember to breathe. Challenge your muscles by increasing resistance slowly and give your muscles time to recover. Rest days are good!”

 

1. BENT OVER ROW

Bent over row using long looped band

Double up the band and hold the looped ends at knee height with legs slightly bent, back straight.

Squeeze your shoulders to pull it up to your ribs. Return slowly to start position. That’s one rep

 

2. BAND PULL APART

Band pull apart

Grip the band at both ends, holding it out in front of you at shoulder height with your arms straight.

Pull the band apart as far as you can, keeping your back straight. Hold it for a second then return slowly to start position to complete the rep.

 

3. BAND SQUATS

Banded Squat using Long Loop Band

 

Stand on the band with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, bring the top of the band up to rest on the front of your shoulders.

Lower into a squat, with your chest up and your knees over your toes. Then push up to the starting position to complete the rep.

 

4. BAND BICEP CURL

Banded Bicep Curl using long loop band

 

Stand with both feet, shoulder-width apart, on the resistance band. Grasp the band with both hands and hold it with arms down at your side, palms facing forwards.

Bend at the elbow and lift your hands toward your shoulders. Return slowly to start position. That’s one rep.

 

5. BAND DEADLIFT

Deadlift using long loop resistance band

 

Stand with both feet, shoulder-width apart, on the resistance band. Grasp the band with both hands and hold it with arms down at your side, palms facing forwards.

Bend at the elbow and lift your hands toward your shoulders. Return slowly to start position. That’s one rep.

 

WHY DO THIS WORKOUT

Not only is strength training critical in preventing the muscle and bone loss that occurs as we age but it has also been found to improve resting metabolic rate - which naturally slows with age and can result in the ‘middle age spread’.

According to a 2001 paper, strength training can also improve risk factors for age-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease while a 2022 study found resistance training can even improve sleep - a common problem for older adults and one which can impact on weight, skin and health.

The good news for those who don’t enjoy lifting weights is that a meta-analysis of research published in 2019 found training with resistance bands to provide similar strength gains as conventional weight machines and dumbbells.

 

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