Including resistance bands to your exercises can help you build muscle, with out having to invest in big, clunky equipment — however identical to you’d wipe down the machines or free weights on the health club (proper?), your resistance bands additionally have to be cleaned once in a while to keep bacteria from building up. POPSUGAR spoke with Krystal Goodman, an NCSF-certified private coach and coach at Orangetheory Health, for some finest practices on caring for resistance bands.
First, know that the steps you need to take to wash them differ barely relying on whether or not your bands are made with cloth or latex. “In case your band is cloth, you need to deal with it like your laundry,” Goodman advised POPSUGAR. She recommends putting the bands in a bucket of heat water, with only a small quantity of detergent. After they’ve soaked for a couple of minutes, gently hand wash the bands, then lay them out to dry someplace away from direct daylight. Goodman famous that you may additionally wash cloth resistance bands within the washer on a delicate cycle.
You possibly can comply with the identical hand-washing directions for latex bands, simply swapping in light or delicate dish cleaning soap, as a substitute of detergent, Goodman defined.
Nevertheless, to maintain your resistance bands feeling and looking new for so long as potential, you may have to do extra than simply clear them. Goodman careworn the significance of conserving them out of warmth and direct daylight, which might make the bands brittle and trigger them to interrupt down. Additionally, “make sure to utterly dry them earlier than placing them away, and keep away from storing them with weighted gadgets on prime,” she mentioned.