Hey peeps, so as you probably noticed, my plan for Invisible Disabilities Week sort of failed. I crashed half way through the week and needed to take a break. BUT, I am back today, giving you a review on a resistance band that CareCo kindly sent me. As someone who used to love going to the gym and exercising, this was just what I needed.
CareCo is the “UK’s leading mobility specialist” and they provide all sorts of products from resistance bands to mobility scooters! While I have never tried any of their products before, I have heard that their products are good quality, so I am expecting a lot!
The Resistance Band
Resistance bands are an excellent way to increase strength and improve flexibility, and are something I have used often. One thing I love about them is that you can do so many different exercises with them, and manage the intensity of the workout too.
This resistance band actually has 4 resistances, so as you get stronger, you can make the exercises harder. Having said that, I am already managing ok with the 3rd position (4th being the hardest). That’s ok though because this is designed for someone who hasn’t exercised before or is starting from scratch so I think it is good that it eases you in gently.
The other thing that I really like is that along with the band, you get a 4 week exercise plan as well. This has a step by step guide to getting into exercise with some tips and tricks along the way. The idea is that you start on position 1, and every 4 weeks you move up a position. So if you follow the guide exactly, you will actually get a 16 week plan!
If you’re someone who needs a plan and a schedule, this will be perfect for you. But, if you’re like me who likes to make your own workout, you can take inspiration from this plan and make your own! I personally don’t like following a strict plan because I need to enjoy what I’m doing. If there is something on the plan that I don’t like, I lose interest and motivation. But, the exercises in here are really easy to follow and there are loads that I wouldn’t have thought about myself, so that is really helpful.
The band itself is blue, with the resistance positions in white circles which is really clear. The material is really soft to touch and feels like it is really good quality. It comes in a zipped pouch which makes it easy to store and travel. The booklet with the plan in it also fits in this pouch so you can take your plan with you while you travel!
The only negative with this band is that it does smell quite strongly. While this doesn’t affect or bother me, I am aware that some of you might be quite sensitive to smell so this is something to bear in mind.
The resistance brand is £11.99 including VAT (although there is a VAT relief option for £9.99) and is available to buy here.
Overall, I’m really excited to continue to use this and to see how it might help me get back into exercise properly. I’m going to write a blog post all about exercising with a chronic illness so keep your eyes out for that!
Have you used exercise bands before? If so, what are your favourite exercises to do with them?
Until next time,