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Simply irresistible: Resistance bands

Transform your home office, bedroom or even a closet into a home gym with the addition of one skinny, squishy, nearly weightless piece of equipment: the resistance band. A band, which costs about $10 at any sports equipment store, is essentially a rubber tube with handles on each end. It provides resistance against your muscles and, in the process, can give you a full-strength workout. They're also easy to pack when you're on the road. Resistance bands are sold in different strengths, from easy to hard. (They're often color-coded.) Start with the easiest one and, when you feel like your muscles aren't taxed anymore, gradually move to the harder ones. Kim Truman, a Dallas-based personal trainer, demonstrates how to use the resistance band to work every muscle in your body. Do each exercise 10 to 15 times for a full workout. — By Danielle Braff, Special to Tribune Newspapers (sunday@tribune.com)
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