Good news if you’re not a fan of lifting weights: Resistance bands allow you to build strength and power without hoisting up a single thing. These heavy-duty bands target small and large muscle groups and help promote muscle growth without putting pressure on the joints. Plus, they travel well so you can easily squeeze in a resistance band workout wherever you are. “What makes resistance bands so handy is that they boost your regular bodyweight exercise, making the moves a bit more challenging without the potential risk of overextending or adding extra pressure to the joints, which can happen when using free weights. This means the risk of injury is lower when using bands instead of weights,” explains Nicole Blades, a NASM-certified trainer at BodyRoc FitLab in Connecticut. With different levels of resistance, from light to heavy, resistance bands can help you improve your mobility too. This is why many physical therapists like to use bands with patients recovering after an injury. “You can vary the amount of resistance you get through the range of motion of an exercise. The more you stretch the band, the more resistance you get and muscles have to work t...