Back Pain

Workouts for Relieving an Aching Back and Upper Back Pain

Edward Massey • April 12, 2017
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. Prenatal Stress & Pain Relief by Jaime McFaden
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1. Warrior Fit Workout
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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.
2. Dynamic Sports Stretch Workout
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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.
3. Post Workout Stretching Routine
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5 Min post workout stretching routine including 5 stretches - standing quad, standing yoga triangle, side lunge stretch, side twist back stretch, cat stretch.
4. Post-Workout Stretch for Weekly Maintenance
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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).
5. Warm-up & Stretching Exercises
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6. 3-Minute Joint Mobility Warm Up
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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 Exercises Shoulder Mobility Exercises Back Mobility Exercises Hip Mobility Exercises Knee Mobility Exercises Ankle Mobility Exercises
7. Intermediate Pilates: Fire Up Your Abs & Core
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This is a great class for Intermediates and is focused on firing up the core, but also works on flexibility and balance. Many of the exercises are performed on the mat and Elaine offers a range of modifications for each movement to accommodate beginners and challenge the most advanced Pilates students. This low-impact, full body workout will get you tight and toned, so grab your mat and enjoy!
8. 20 Min Barre Interval Workout
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Welcome to Kelly Lee's Barre Interval workout! This workout consists of two toning exercises bookended by two high intensity cardio intervals to give you those long lean muscles your looking for while spiking the heart rate, increasing stamina, and giving you the toned look that everyone's after.
9. Advanced Pilates: Intense Abs & Core Burn
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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.
10. Cardio Circuit #2 - Ski, Squat Jump, & Biometric Lunge
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Burn fat and boost your cardiovascular fitness in this 10-minute circuit training workout! Ellysia Noble will keep you motivated as you navigate squat jumps, planks, and other strength building moves. If you can't get enough of Ellysia, be sure to check out her Lose Fat & Sculpt Yourself series.
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