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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Hot Body Warm Up Routine
Groove with the beat as you rock, stretch and roll your body to get the blood flowing before your workout.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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.
9. 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.
10. Post-Workout Stretch
Tired of aching muscles? Suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness? You need to start stretching more. Join Jon Stratford as he shows you the key to perfect stretching. By teaching you how how to correctly execute maintenance stretches you will be able to design your own personal stretching session, designed for your level of mobility, at home or in the gym. This Grokker Premium video forms part of Jon Stratford's Fitness Toolkit collection, giving you the tools you need for the perfect personalized workout.