STRENGTHEN UPPER AND LOWER BODY WITH BAND WORK. If you don’t often work on upper body strength and flexibility but think you should, check out the set of moves demonstrated in the article “8 Muscle-Shaking Barre Exercises You Can Do with An Exercise Band” by Sarah Angle for SHAPE.com.
Five of the 8 exercises work the arms and upper torso with resistance band ‘equipment’ physical therapists use (TheraBand is the only brand I’ve used for this reason). There are a couple of lower body “bread-and-butter” exercises that help strengthen hip muscles to stabilize forward running movement and limit lateral wobbling. The demonstration shows the model using small circular bands (lovingly known as “booty” bands), but you can just as easily make a smaller band by tying the “ends together so that it forms a circle, about one foot in diameter”
These bands are pack-able for travel in a suitcase, and can serve this function at home and work. See them on the GEAR LOVE page. Try performing a few of these exercises every other day, while you watch TV!
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