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. The Fundamentals of Mobility: Mobility Test
In this integrated mobility test, Chris will show you how to test your level of flexibility, and track your progress as you join him in learning the fundamentals of mobility. By returning to this test as you go through the course, you will see a tangible improvement in your mobility score. Watch Chris Lendrum in this series of Grokker Premium videos introduce you to the fundamentals of mobility.
2. Stretch & Flex - HIIT Club
Complete this stretching class on the sixth day of Kelly Lee’s seven-day HIIT Club challenge. In this workout, you will have a chance to recuperate while keeping yourself healthy with a combination of stretching and myofascial release. HIIT workouts combine a series of short duration, high-intensity exercises followed by lower intensity intervals of active recovery. This type of training will get your heart rate up and burn more fat in less time, including an afterburn effect that will help you burn more calories than traditional cardio. Join Grokker Fitness Expert Kelly Lee as she leads you through seven HIIT workouts each targeting a different body part. Whether you are brand new to working out or the most dedicated fitness enthusiast - these workouts are for you.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. How To Relieve Back Pain With A Tennis Ball
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.
6. Deep Stretching Therapeutics: Lower Body
Tone and stretch your legs to protect your back. You'll need a foam roller, tune up balls, a block, a strap and a mat, and prepare to undo the spine compressing effects of sitting all day or pounding the pavement in your running shoes. Designed to deeply stretch and open the legs, Join Grokker Yoga Expert Robyn Capobianco in this Grokker Premium video that will unlock your lower body and teach you how to keep your low back healthy. Breathe through it, some of the stretches are intense. Appropriate for all levels.
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.
8. Mindful Movements #1 - Restore & Breathe
This routine is designed to give your body a break following intense workouts from prior days and also to learn how to improve your breathing and open up tight muscles to enhance your performance in all of your activities. This is not a strenuous flow, but instead includes movements where you will be holding stretches and poses intended to promote recovery and rejuvenation. You will be amazed at how much your range of motion improved from the start of the routine to the end!
9. Post-Workout Stretch for Weekly Maintenance
An important part of any workout routine is integrating in weekly maintenance sessions to stretch your muscles. This will allow you to push harder and faster in your workouts and achieve better results. This routine is designed for post-workout recovery in that there is a little mobility work and static stretches for every body part. This differs from a pre-workout routine that focuses on mobility and dynamic stretches (you don't want to do static stretches before a workout).
10. 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.