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
1. Pilates for Equestrians part 1
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.
2. Daily Muscle Relief to Alleviate Back Pain
Join Kelly Lee for her Daily Muscle Relief Series. These low impact exercises will help to counter the strain you place on the body through high intensity exercise and the effects of sitting during the day. This video will help to alleviate back pain by strengthening the back and lengthening the muscles in the front of the body. Use this routine to begin your day or before your workout for increased stability and mobility.
3. Intermediate Pilates: Fire Up Your Abs & Core
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!
This yoga and pilates blend is a great stretching routine for after a tough workout. It's also effective to use before bed to help you relax and fall asleep faster. We hold each of the stretches in this routine for 30 seconds. Some of the exercises you see in this routine are more dynamic, and fluid, but the vast majority are static stretches. It's important to realize that you should not do a routine with static stretches before you do the rest of your workout, particularly any kind of tough HIIT routine or strength training. Holding stretches in a static position before you do your regular workout can put you at risk for injury, so make sure that you save these kinds of flexibility and stretching workouts for after your workout is finished.
5. Ab Intensive Pilates Workout
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.
6. The Fundamentals of Mobility: Lower Body
In this video Chris will show you how to increase your lower body mobility, enhance your performance, and also reduce your risk of injury. From stretching out your quads on the foam roller to extending your hip mobility in the 90/90 position, feel markedly more flexible and open up your lower body. Test yourself with Chris's integrated tester video, and you will see a noticeable increase in your range of movement. Watch Chris Lendrum in this series of Grokker Premium videos introduce you to the fundamentals of mobility.
7. Increase Flexibility and Reduce Tension
Stop the stress! Stress can be a major contributor to weight gain, so release unhealthy tension and increase flexibility with Jennifer Cassetta's complete stretching regimen. This Grokker Premium workout will give you the tools to better handle whatever life throws at you. In Jennifer's Fight for Fitness Series, you will work the whole body inside and out.
8. Reduce Heart Rate and Muscle Soreness with Linda's Cool Down
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. Inside Endurance: Dynamic Flexibility
Professional distance runner Dathan Ritzenhein takes Ryan through series of dynamic flexibility movements designed to stretch and warm up muscles without weakening them before training competition.
10. Beginner Pilates: Ignite Your Abs & Core
In this class Elaine goes over some of the fundamental skills that will get you started in your Pilates practice. This video is great if you are new to Pilates or if you already have a practice and want to fine tune your skills. The class focuses on toning the abs and strengthening the entire core.