Not Choosing the Right Type of Elastic Band
One of the most common mistakes people make with elastic bands is not choosing the right type for their needs. Elastic bands come in various sizes, strengths, and materials. If you are looking for resistance bands for your exercise routine, you need to choose the right level of resistance. Choosing an elastic band that does not provide enough resistance will not provide you with any strength training benefit. On the other hand, selecting one that is too strong can lead to injury.
Incorrect Form During Exercises
When using elastic bands for exercises, it is essential to maintain proper form. Incorrect posture or form can cause injury or lead to ineffective workouts. If you are starting with elastic band exercises, consider taking the help of a certified fitness expert who can guide you on the right form. Improper form can lead to muscle strains, back pain, or worse.
Overstretching or Tearing
Elastic bands are prone to wear and tear with regular use. When used correctly, they can last for a long time. However, overstretching an elastic band or using it beyond its capacity can lead to premature wear and tear. Tearing elastic bands are not only frustrating, but they can also be dangerous, snapping back and causing injury. Be mindful of the amount of tension you apply to the elastic band, and replace it if you notice signs of damage.
Not Storing them Properly
Elastic bands are easy to store and maintain, but you need to do it correctly. Leaving them in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures can reduce the lifespan of the band. Similarly, storing them in damp or moist environments can cause mold and bacteria to grow, leading to foul smell or degradation of the band’s quality. Store them in a cool and dry place.
Ignoring the Instructions
Elastic bands come with instructions on how to use them for best results. Ignoring those instructions or modifying the exercises without proper guidance can lead to injury or ineffective results. Always read the instructions carefully and follow them as closely as possible. If you are unsure or have doubts about using elastic bands, consider consulting a certified personal trainer or a healthcare professional.