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. Afternoon Stretch by Celest Pereira
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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. Cardio Core #2 - Flow
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This 30-minute workout incorporates light weights into a continuous flow of movement leaving you dripping and full of endorphins. Use this workout as a very active recovery from the HIIT workouts in Sarah's Mind, Body, Flow series to keep that metabolism up and your body moving on days you feel like you need a good sweat and natural energy boost.
3. Deep Stretching Therapeutics: Upper Body
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Counteract the damage done by hunching over the computer, preparing dinner, driving, or giving your kids a bath. In this Grokker Premium video you'll learn how to open up your front body to release tension in your shoulders, neck and upper back. Grokker Yoga Therapeutics Expert, Robyn Capobianco, leads you through a deep stretching sequence that will ease pain, and restore the proper alignment of your upper spine. You will need a pair of yoga balls and 2 blocks. All Levels.
4. Mindful Movements #2 - Recover & Regenerate
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This routine is designed to alleviate pain and give your body a much needed break following intense workouts. Sarah will draw your awareness towards common areas that may be causing you pain in order to increase your mobility, repair areas of tightness, and speed up muscle recovery. Ditch the knots and the stress holding you back from your best self!
5. 20 Min Barre Interval Workout
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Welcome to Kelly Lee's Barre Interval workout! This workout consists of two toning exercises bookended by two high intensity cardio intervals to give you those long lean muscles your looking for while spiking the heart rate, increasing stamina, and giving you the toned look that everyone's after.
6. Cardio + Sculpt + Stretch - Mila Kunis Workout
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Follow our gut-busting, calorie-burning workout and get that fitter, healthier physique.
7. Pilates for Equestrians part 1
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Pilates is a great way for strengthening your core, increasing flexibility and generating muscle balance. In the first of our series, we will be mostly working on postural alignment and pelvic awareness. We are going to use a mat and a ball.
8. Ab Intensive Pilates Workout
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If you're looking for a core workout that will tone your entire midsection, you've stumbled upon the right one. Amy Perrera will lead you through a series of classic pilates moves that will get you closer to having the strong core you want. This video is appropriate for people of all skill levels.
9. Dynamic Sports Stretch Workout
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Dynamic Sports Stretch Workout by BeFit in 90 is a stretching exercise that is designed to increase flexibility and lengthen muscle. Prevent injury and enhance your range of motion throughout the joints with this unique exercise that will keep you flexible while on the move. These dynamic stretches promote relaxation while toning the thighs, glutes, abs, chest, quads, calves, and shoulders. Former Olympic runner Samantha Clayton walks you through this simple but effective athletic stretching combination that is sure to enhance your workout results! Samantha Clayton, mother of four and wife to all-star baseball player Royce Clayton, was also an award-winning member of the 2000 Olympic track team for the United Kingdom and competed in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
10. 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.
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