Resistance Bands and Balls to Avoid Muscle Atrophy

SPRI ES501RAre you looking for a workout method to avoid muscle atrophy? Are you unable to get to the gym daily?

In today’s world, resistance bands have become one of the most popular methods for workouts. These bands are widely used by individuals who are fitness freaks as well as people who are affected with multiple sclerosis. With the use of these bands we can keep the blood flowing through our legs, and strengthen our muscles. While sitting at a desk or in a wheel chair, exercising with these bands and balls can be done.

Physical therapists have given me these bands, unfortunately I didn’t plan a routine to use them, and my muscles atrophied. Now years later, I’m ready to build my muscles again.

If you don’t have these bands, I bumped into this great website, that has wonderful exercise equipment! is selling the resistance bands right here. These bands are simple, easy to use and simple to store. Resistance bands can tone and sculpt each and every muscle which you want to strengthen.

The compact size of these bands makes them convenient to carry while traveling and easier to store.

The balls come in different sizes also, for now I use a ball the size of a soccer ball. For your convenience, you can purchase the balls right here!

My personal Trainer, Holly Fulford-Jeffery suggested I start by wrapping a stretch band around my legs, then stretch my legs apart as far as I can 10 times then pause. Do it again and that will be 2 sets of 10.

She then suggested I set the straps aside, grab a resistance ball, put it in between my legs and squeeze my legs together as hard as I can 10 times, pause and do it again making 2 sets of 10.

We need to do this at least two times a day. If we keep our band and ball right by the chair we often sit in, for me it’s at my desk, it will be convenient. I am amazed that after only a few weeks of doing this everyday, my legs are significantly stronger.

We can’t control everything, but often we can control how hard we try!

Tell me what you are doing to move. Have you ever used resistance bands and balls?


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. Linda, I’m happy to hear your good report. It is wonderful to see how you have removed the stumbling blocks to building up muscle strength in your legs. Your story is a great inspiration to go find a way… to make a way… and then to walk down that path towards better health. You’re on your way… one stretch… one squeeze… one step… one leap at a time.

    • Thank you Monika!
      You are definitely a writer! I look forward to sharing more, next it will be like the movie I found on your blog last night! Talk about inspiration! Randy Pauch is awesome! Talk about a role model!

  2. Hi Linda ~ I really liked your phrase, “We can’t control everything, but we can control how hard we try”…so true in everything in life! I can relate to skipping workouts and watching my muscles slowly turn back to “jello”, and not always easy to get going again, especially when you are busy or become bored with a routine. I have resistance bands that I’d received many years ago following two major knee surgeries, and am glad that I’ve hung on to them for all these many years because they are quite handy to use, and they do work!!! 😉 Christine

    • Christine~
      What happened to your knees? ACL issues? One of my basketball playing daughters put a knee out, lost her senior year as the star player of her home-town team, sat out for that year, still got a great college scholarship, then in pre-season practice, lost her other one! Now after 2 surgeries, and readshirting her first year, she’s back in training for next year! I can’t wait to see her play! I learned through all of this it’s the Glutes! As women we often neglect the Gluteus Maximus Muscle!


  3. Linda,

    Great tips and suggestions!

    Therabands are great. I’ve often suggested them to my clients back when I was a personal training.

    You can literally use these for all body parts. I consider these to be the standard in home equipment, along with Bosu’s, free weights and jump ropes.

    Keep up the good work!


    • Derek,
      You know it! I need to find a personal trainer who specializes in MS! There are definitely the same muscles that need to be worked, but there are fatigue and other issues that must be addressed! If you know of anyone, send them my way!

  4. I’ve only seen them on commercials, but I didn’t know that resistance bands and balls are really helpful. Now I know how useful they are and thanks to you for giving me an insight.

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