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
1. 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
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. Flexibility & Control #1: Gentle Twists & Marches
This first Flexibility and Control video will prepare your body for any kind of athletic activity. This Grokker Premium workout gives you a daily dose of "vitamoves" needed to increase mobility, strengthen joints and improve body awareness. Angelo's flexibility and control series of videos will help you improve your agility so that you can do whatever activities you love doing, better and more safely.
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. Stretching Exercises for Flexibility
Make sure all of you are taking the time to stretch your bodies. It is just as important as exercising. Here is a short stretching routine I do after my workouts. Enjoy.
6. 10 Min Sore Muscle Workout Routine
Have sore muscles but want to workout? Join fitness professional, Caroline Jordan, for this quick "sore muscle workout routine". The exercises in this video are designed to move your body through functional movements at a lower intensity than your actual workout. This dynamic exercise sequence will enhance blood flow to your working muscles and increase their internal temperature, potentially helping them recover faster and feel less sore from an intense workout. The fluid motions and yoga postures included in this 10 minute exercise routine will bring mobility back to your body, soothe sore muscles, and help you prepare for the next day's training!What causes sore muscles? Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is the soreness you experience 24 to 48 hours after intense bouts of exercise. DOMS begins with micro-tears that occur inside your muscles during your workout. These micro-tears set off an inflammatory response and your body’s immune system works to repair the damage. This causes swelling and fluid buildup in and around the muscles creating excess pressure which sends an “ouch” signal to your brain.“How can I tell the difference between soreness and a strain?” IF words such as “throbbing”, “stabbing”, or “popping” enter your vocabulary while working out, you may have strained a muscle. Another sign of a strain (which is a large muscle tear): the pain persists even when you stop doing the activity. Soreness that occurs during a workout, however feels uncomfortable, but the pain should let up when you stop. If you think you may have strained a muscle, stop what you are doing immediately and see your doctor.“If I am sore after yesterdays workout, can I still exercise today?” Yes, but with some adjustments. If you are resistance training, its recommended not to exercise the same muscle groups on two consecutive days. If you’re feeling sore, perform a low-intensity activity, such as walking, yoga, or swimming. These activities will help temporarily relieve stiffness and it will feel good to get your body moving to shake off the sore muscles.Always check with your doctor before beginning any workout routine. If your soreness lasts longer than a few days, you want to go see a doctor or physical therapist! Be mindful and train smart - take care of your body and do whats right for you! Heres to health and a long life :)
7. 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.
8. Flexibility & Control #2: Stretch, Expand & Relax
March into strength and flexibility! Angelo’s second video in his Grokker Premium series will make you sweat through expanding and relaxing exercises. You will improve stamina and build strength within your joints to be ready for any athletic activity.
9. 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.
10. Basic Daily Exercise for Everyday Movement
A great back to the basics workout. Every day we sit, stand, push, pull, reach and twist and in this routine, Maggie will show you exercises that can help you with these basic daily activities. In this Grokker Premium video Maggie takes you through a modified yoga opening warm-up flow, teaches you the keys to these basic movements and works on your flexibility and mobility in the warm down. Enjoy!