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. Classic Full-Body Mat Pilates Workout
No equipment needed in this great 50 minute routine set in a tranquil outdoor setting. Join Amy Perera in this Grokker Premium video which is relaxing, but will give you a great full-body workout. Includes a series of classic Pilates mat exercises, such as Roll Ups, Hundreds, and Rolling Like a Ball. Enjoy!
2. 3-Minute Joint Mobility Warm Up
Mark de Grasse, owner and editor of the My MadMethods Magazine, demonstrates a series of joint mobility exercises for a 3-minute warm up starting with neck mobility drills and ending with ankle mobility drills.3-Minute Joint Mobility Warm Up:Neck Mobility ExercisesShoulder Mobility ExercisesBack Mobility ExercisesHip Mobility ExercisesKnee Mobility ExercisesAnkle Mobility Exercises
3. Flexibility & Control #4: Dead Lifts & Leg Circles
This video consists of eight low intensity - not to be confused with easy! - movements that will prepare your body for the day or help you recover and repair after intense workouts. This 40 minute routine is the fourth in Angelo's Flexibility & Control Series of Grokker Premium videos. Due to the duration and more complicated movements, this workout is more challenging than #1-3 in the Series which are more basic. Integrating this series of exercises into your fitness regime will help keep your muscles and joints in a healthy state.
4. 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.
5. Dynamic Flexibility Training Stretching + Warm up
Lower body - Reduce the risk of injury
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.
7. 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!
8. 35 Minute Mobility and Foam Roller Routine
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.
9. Bar Workout for Abs, Arms, Thighs, & Glutes
Direct your focus work on small isometric movements to tone, shape, and strengthen the entire body. In this Grokker Premium Video join Michelle Rahlves in her Tahoe studio to learn that the beauty of the bar is that you actually don't need a bar, you can use a chair! Like Pilates, the Bar Effect workouts have an eye to injury prevention and are designed to develop lean muscles.
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.