With a growing number of studies linking sleep to the immune system, rubber band exercises have been around for ages, but until now, researchers have been struggling to figure out what the benefits are and what they do to the body.
Now, researchers at the University of Queensland and Imperial College London have developed a new tool that they say is both useful and practical.
Rubber band exercises can help you get a better night’s sleep, they say.
The research is published in the journal Sleep.
Rubber bands are made up of rubber, which has a soft layer between it and the material that makes up your mattress.
When you bend a rubberband, you are stretching the rubber band so it will stretch and relax when you need it.
Researchers at the Queensland School of Psychology, Imperial College, and the University’s Sleep Research Centre created a prototype for their new rubber band exercise machine, which they called the Rubber Soul Bamboo.
The new rubber-based exercise machine can be used for any activity that requires you to relax your body.
Rubber Soul uses rubber bands that stretch to provide a relaxing, stretch-free environment for you to breathe.
It can be placed on the floor or placed on a surface to work on different areas of your body such as your shoulders, back, neck, arms, or chest.
The researchers say rubber bands are a very versatile and flexible material that can be manipulated and used for different purposes.
They suggest rubber bands can be useful for improving your sleep, increasing focus, or simply being comfortable.
“In many cases, people have trouble staying asleep because of their anxiety about falling asleep,” said Dr Paul Llewellyn from the Sleep Research Center.
“We’re interested in trying to help people sleep because of this, but at the same time, it’s really important that we’re using rubber bands in a safe, sensible and effective way to help them sleep.”
Researchers from the University, Imperial, and Queensland’s Sleep School developed the RubberSoulBamboo prototype.
Photo: Peter Whitehead Rubber bands can help relieve pressure and stress.
“For example, when we’re doing yoga or doing a physical activity, we’ll usually be holding a lot of weights on the barbell,” said researcher Dr John Williams.
“So, if we have a rubber-band exercise machine that is flexible enough, we can then move the weights, and we’ll be able to hold the weight in the right position to help us relax.”
Rubber bands provide a relaxed environment to relax and relieve stress.
Photo : Peter Whitehood Rubber bands also help relieve pain, and they can be good for preventing injuries.
“They have an incredibly strong adhesive surface,” Dr Williams said.
“That’s really nice for supporting weight-bearing objects such as chairs or other hard objects that can’t easily be held in the hands, or the elbows.
They’re also great for supporting your ribs and back muscles, so when you’re using them to move heavy objects, they’re good for this as well.”
Researchers say rubber band activities can be beneficial for the body and mind.
“It’s very important to remember that rubber band activity can be helpful for the immune systems,” Dr Llewys said.
The rubber band is a stretchy, flexible surface that can provide a safe and relaxing environment for the user.
“The main benefit of rubber band therapy is that it has been shown to relieve tension, stress and fatigue and has been proven to reduce anxiety and improve concentration,” Dr William said.
However, the researchers caution that they are not recommending that rubber bands be used as an everyday or everyday use.
“There are certain situations where rubber band training can be appropriate and useful, but in general, it is best to avoid using rubber band as a routine activity,” Dr Rael Llewelyn said.
Rubber Band Exercise Machines will be available for purchase from the Imperial Rubber Soul Centre in March 2018.
For more information, visit the RubberBamboo website.