Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Benefits of TheraBand Resistance Bands and Tubing

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TheraBand resistance bands are quickly becoming a popular way to both exercise and rehabilitate injuries due to their ease and effectiveness. Resistance bands work when you push your legs or arms away from your body, against the constraint of the rubber. Exercising with resistance bands or tubing can increase your strength, improve balance and, in some cases, decrease blood pressure.

But in the realm of resistance bands, one brand stands out among the rest. TheraBand is a popular choice among doctors and physiotherapists because of its quality, reliability, consistency and durability. Unlike some brands, TheraBand tubing doesn’t snap against extreme pressure and can withstand a high level of force . Even more, they are great for  increasing strength, mobility and can reduce pain associated with injury, old age or chronic conditions. So whether you’re  searching for a new exercise routine or looking to improve your range of motion and  flexibility of your muscles, TheraBand tubes and resistance bands are the go to  choice! 

TheraBand for Exercise
Some may say that traditional weight lifting is the most effective way to build muscles and increase strength, but many personal trainers and fitness aficionados have found that by using resistance bands, you’re able to increase your body’s muscle mass similarly to how you would with free weights – and sometimes, even better! This is great news for gym-goers who are looking to tone their bodies.

There are several resistance band workouts  you can try, including leg extensions, squats, lateral band walks and push-ups! Just make sure not to overwork your muscles by using too strong of a resistance band, especially if you’re prone to injury.

TheraBand for Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation exercises are important for those who are injured or are reaching the point in their lives where their muscles are weakening. While body weight exercises and stretches are helpful, they can only do so much. TheraBand resistance bands  provide users the unique ability to push past traditional limits of rehabilitation without over-exerting themselves. This type of band training can often lead to faster recovery times and increased mobility for the elderly by providing muscle strength improvements and heart rate functions!

Once you’ve decided to try out the TheraBand, you’ll find a variety of bands and tubes on our website. They vary in both length and colour. The colour depends on which muscle group you plan to focus on and which level of resistance you want. Beginning at tan, which is the easiest resistance, the range extends all the way to gold. A complete list is given below:


TheraBand Resistance Grades:
Tan: Extra light
Yellow
Red
Green: Medium level of resistance
Blue
Black
Silver
Gold: Strongest resistance

To effectively use the TheraBands, all you have to do is position your muscles between the band, in order to create resistance. When you pull on the band, it will become harder to stretch, similar to a rubber band.


Long-lasting, strong and durable, TheraBand resistance bands will guide you through every workout and help you achieve your health goals. Shop with iHealthSphere today to find several different TheraBand options!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Travel Check List for the Summer Games



Athletes take special measures to ensure their bodies stay healthy when they travel, so why shouldn’t you? A flight from Australia to Brazil is around 17 hours, so if you’re getting ready to travel to the summer games, thinking about your body’s health is important. Long plane rides and constant walking can be hard on the body, and the last thing you want to do while you’re cheering on your country is to be worried about sickness and muscle soreness. 

With a little planning and packing, you can help ensure a safe and healthy trip. To get you ready for the summer games, here is a travel check list that’ll help you know what to pack for Rio De Janeiro!

Airplane Packing Tips


Sea-Band for nausea on the plane
When making the journey from Australia to Brazil, you’ll be sitting at high altitudes in an uncomfortable chair for a long, long time. During the flight, you might experience some unprecedented nausea. Before you get into a situation where you’re stuck in the airplane bathroom the entire trip, take precautions and bring a Sea-Band Nausea pack. Sea-bands are applied to the wrists to naturally relieve symptoms of nausea. They work by applying a small amount of pressure to your Nei-Kuan acupressure point, which has been clinically tested to diminish sickness symptoms. This way, instead of worrying about taking nausea medication onto a plane which can often make you feel tired and drowsy, you’ll have a natural, low-cost solution that the whole family can use.



Compression socks
The last thing you want to worry about is your feet aching, especially when you have to be on them so often. After a long day of packing, walking and sitting down for extended periods of time, your feet and legs will need a break. To help with this, replace your traditional socks with compression socks. These help with the support and management of pain associated with the arch and heel and can reduce the throbbing sensations in your foot. Compression socks also stimulate blood flow, which is ideal when you are sitting on a long flight.


During your stay

Foam Rollers for stretching muscles
During your time in Rio, you’ll be walking around a lot. Your muscles will most likely become wound up over time and while stretching may help, it won’t completely alleviate sore muscle symptoms. As a precaution, pack a foam roller. Every night before bed, roll all of your core muscle groups against the foam roller, as this will help tremendously with aches and pains. If you’re worried about getting the roller through airport bagging, we have mini foam rollers designed to be packed into suitcases!




Knee brace for walking or recovery

While a foam roller will go a long way toward helping your sore muscles, you’ll need something during the day to help prevent overexertion. This is especially true if you have an injury or face knee difficulties on a regular basis. Wearing a knee brace will help relieve pain that you might be facing, as well as prevent further injuries from occurring.




Once you have all of these essentials packed and ready to go, you’ll be ready for your trip to the summer games. Make sure to drink plenty of bottled water, eat healthy foods and wear sunscreen. And last but not least, remember to have fun!

Comment below if you’re headed to the summer games, and if you’re packing any other travel essentials we didn’t list.