As the global health crisis shut fitness facilities around the world and forced people to exercise at home, you may well have picked up a set of the best resistance bands, which is one of the most versatile pieces of fitness kit you can own.
Case in point: this barre-inspired workout from Barreworks (opens in new tab) expert trainer Vicki Anstey. It's absolutely perfect for a busy day: all you need is a resistance band and 10 minutes to work up a sweat. Check it out below:
Why try this Barre workout?
Barre, like ballet, is suitable for both men and women. Vicki's workout is big on flexibility training, helping you get (and stay) mobile as a big part of the 10-minute routine, stretching your quads and hamstrings.
Chances are, especially if you're an older fitness enthusiast, you don't stretch enough. It's never too late to start: stretching helps lengthen muscles, limiting the risk of injury and helping with our exercise recovery.
As we age, our muscles naturally contract, which limits our movements and stops us getting out and about – think of the characteristic shuffle of an elderly person without much mobility. Stretching will fight against this process, giving you many more years of mobility.
In addition, Vicki's workout helps us develop a strong core using its twisting motions, which is useful in all walks of life. From something as simple as standing up from a chair to dynamic twisting motions used in sports, a strong core is very important – and looks great if you're after those six-pack abs.
Enjoy this workout? Then give our chest workouts with resistance bands a go.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and News Editor at Fit&Well, covering all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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