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. Flexibility & Control #6: Squat Reach & Flare Clock
This workout will challenge your balance, flexibility and overall body control. Join Angelo in this Grokker Premium video as he introduces you to nine great movements that are a fun alternative to the standard issue exercises you'd do at your local gym. Give it a try and see how you progress in your overall body control each time you do the workout.
2. Pilates Bootcamp with Cassey Ho
Kill your muffin top! All you need for this workout is a single dumbbell. I'm using a 5 pounder, but you can use anywhere from 2.5 pounds to 10 pounds. I'm not gonna lie, this routine is a little challenging, but I just know you'll love it! In Pilates Bootcamp, Cassey Ho takes you all the way through tough but fun Pilates workouts designed to tone your arms, your legs, your abs, your butt, and everything in between.
3. 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).
4. 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.
5. 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.
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.
7. HASfit Static Stretches Cool Down Exercise
Learn how to stretch with this total body stretching exercise routine to improve flexibility. These static stretches can be performed as a cool down after exercise or any other time.
8. 37 Minute Bodyweight Cardio Training
+ Lower Body (butt and thigh) Workout: 30 second cardio intervals + 6 lower body exercises - 6 combos - 2 rounds + cool down & stretch
9. Stretching & Flexibility Workout
Stretching & Flexibility Workout is a flowing and effective flexibility exercise that is designed to elongate muscle, improve posture, increase range of motion, reduce stress, and enhance workout results through a series of active and isolated stretching exercises that will bring oxygen to the muscles to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Fitness Legend, Denise Austin as she takes you through this relaxing stretch combination from her "Bootcamp Total Body Blast" Fitness DVD, that will increase overall athletic performance and tone your entire body. This exercise is great for all skill level and is an excellent addition to any workout to repair your muscles, prevent injury, and increase results.
10. 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.