Back Pain

Workouts for Reducing Back Pain and Leg Pain

Edward Massey • October 24, 2016
Back pain is a common ailment that affects most people at some point in their life. It normally feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back. The pain can be triggered by bad posture while sitting for long hours in an office, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly. Backache occurs most often in the lower back, although it can be felt anywhere along your spine, from your neck down to your hips. Practicing yoga has been shown to relieve back pain. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, a recent study has determined that weekly yoga classes can significantly reduce back pain and improve back movement. A number of yoga teachers have developed yoga sequences designed specifically for sufferers of back pain with a specific focus on target muscle groups. Strong Core For Injury Prevention by Sam Skelton
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1. 10 Min Sore Muscle Workout Routine
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Have sore muscles but want to workout? Join fitness professional, Caroline Jordan, for this quick "sore muscle workout routine". The exercises in this video are designed to move your body through functional movements at a lower intensity than your actual workout. This dynamic exercise sequence will enhance blood flow to your working muscles and increase their internal temperature, potentially helping them recover faster and feel less sore from an intense workout. The fluid motions and yoga postures included in this 10 minute exercise routine will bring mobility back to your body, soothe sore muscles, and help you prepare for the next day's training! What causes sore muscles? Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is the soreness you experience 24 to 48 hours after intense bouts of exercise. DOMS begins with micro-tears that occur inside your muscles during your workout. These micro-tears set off an inflammatory response and your body’s immune system works to repair the damage. This causes swelling and fluid buildup in and around the muscles creating excess pressure which sends an “ouch” signal to your brain. “How can I tell the difference between soreness and a strain?” IF words such as “throbbing”, “stabbing”, or “popping” enter your vocabulary while working out, you may have strained a muscle. Another sign of a strain (which is a large muscle tear): the pain persists even when you stop doing the activity. Soreness that occurs during a workout, however feels uncomfortable, but the pain should let up when you stop. If you think you may have strained a muscle, stop what you are doing immediately and see your doctor. “If I am sore after yesterdays workout, can I still exercise today?” Yes, but with some adjustments. If you are resistance training, its recommended not to exercise the same muscle groups on two consecutive days. If you’re feeling sore, perform a low-intensity activity, such as walking, yoga, or swimming. These activities will help temporarily relieve stiffness and it will feel good to get your body moving to shake off the sore muscles. Always check with your doctor before beginning any workout routine. If your soreness lasts longer than a few days, you want to go see a doctor or physical therapist! Be mindful and train smart - take care of your body and do whats right for you! Heres to health and a long life :)
2. Advanced Pilates: Intense Abs & Core Burn
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Ready to take it up to the next level? If yes, this full-body, ab-blasting Pilates routine is for you. In this video, Elaine builds on the movements from her beginner and intermediate Pilates/Abs videos and incorporates cardio blasts and intense toning movements. So if you are looking for a challenging routine that will have you sweating, grab a mat and let's get going.
3. Bar Workout for Abs, Arms, Thighs, & Glutes
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Direct your focus work on small isometric movements to tone, shape, and strengthen the entire body. In this Grokker Premium Video join Michelle Rahlves in her Tahoe studio to learn that the beauty of the bar is that you actually don't need a bar, you can use a chair! Like Pilates, the Bar Effect workouts have an eye to injury prevention and are designed to develop lean muscles.
4. Intermediate Pilates: Fire Up Your Abs & Core
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This is a great class for Intermediates and is focused on firing up the core, but also works on flexibility and balance. Many of the exercises are performed on the mat and Elaine offers a range of modifications for each movement to accommodate beginners and challenge the most advanced Pilates students. This low-impact, full body workout will get you tight and toned, so grab your mat and enjoy!
5. Strong Core For Injury Prevention
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Many of us sit for prolonged periods during the day which can lead to aches and pains. This class focuses on strengthening your posterior chain and core, from hamstrings to low-back. Stick with Sam Skelton to increase your strength and feel that pain melt away.
6. How To Relieve Back Pain With A Tennis Ball
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This is a great video demonstration for how to relieve pain and tension in your back, neck, shoulders and hips with the help of a tennis ball. In this Grokker Premium video Amy will demonstrate how to use the tennis balls to break down the myofascial tissues in your lower back to promote blood flow to the region, relax the muscles, get you back into alignment and on the path to being pain-free.
7. 35 Minute Mobility and Foam Roller Routine
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Elite athletes have been using massage treatment for years to enhance their performance. In this Grokker Premium video learn how you to can enjoy the performance benefits of massage therapy without having to go to a masseuse. By using a foam roller and resistance bands you can release tension in your muscles that will allow you to reach your peak performance. Shab will show you how to use the foam roller to hit all the key muscle groups in your legs, core and upper body. It hurts-so-good, but your body will thank you for it.
8. Reduce Heart Rate and Muscle Soreness with Linda's Cool Down
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Linda Soares takes you through her cool down to decrease your heart rate and reduce delayed muscle soreness. Follow her static stretches to reduce injury risk in this Grokker Premium video.
9. Stretch & Recover Post-Workout - Cardio Kick Fitness
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Agility and flexibility are essential components of total body fitness, so thankfully Christian Thomson is here with a collection of stretches designed to keep you agile and flexible. This class is appropriate for people of all fitness levels, and can be used to ease stiff and sore muscles. If you love this video, be sure to check out Christian Thomson's 5-week series.
10. Barre HIIT Fusion
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Join Kelly as she takes you through a series of barre movements and high intensity intervals to boost your metabolism, and keep you burning calories all day. The isometric movements of barre will tone and tighten while the intervals torch calories to help show off your brand new muscles.
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