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. Mindful Movements #1 - Restore by Sarah Kusch
1. Dynamic Sports Stretch Workout
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.
2. 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.
3. Warrior Fit Workout
Get strong! Jennifer Cassetta will enliven you in this workout using a medicine ball to increase muscle tone. She will sculpt your body with HapKiDo inspired movements you may have never done to increase flexibility and strengthen your joints. This workout will condition you for the demands of kickboxing with plenty of kicks and core engagement. Watch all of Jennifer's Grokker Premium workouts in her Fight for Fitness Series.
4. Basic Daily Exercise for Everyday Movement
A great back to the basics workout. Every day we sit, stand, push, pull, reach and twist and in this routine, Maggie will show you exercises that can help you with these basic daily activities. In this Grokker Premium video Maggie takes you through a modified yoga opening warm-up flow, teaches you the keys to these basic movements and works on your flexibility and mobility in the warm down. Enjoy!
5. Daily Muscle Relief Total Body Energizer
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 engage each muscle with a quick stretch to increase blood flow and wake the muscles up. Use this routine to begin your day or before your workout for increased stability and mobility.
6. The Best Pre-Workout Stretching Warm Up Routine
Cutting edge pre workout stretching routine. If you want to get ready to burn more fat and get your body in shape faster then this pre-workout stretching routine is just for you. By getting your body ready you will be able to push harder and so burn more fat with each workout! So make sure you warm-up with this powerful pre-workout stretching routine!
7. 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.
8. Advanced Pilates: Intense Abs & Core Burn
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.
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.
10. Low Impact Cardio and Toning Workout for Beginners
Fitness Blender’s Beginner Workout is meant for advancing cardiovascular endurance, toning up the muscles in the body, and burning off a few extra calories. This is a low impact cardio workout that is relatively easy on the joints. Because it’s so low impact, it also makes a good recovery cardio workout for those days in between more intense strength training or high intensity intervals training (HIIT) days.