Sculpt your abs and strengthen your core muscles with these low-impact workouts that primarily target the abdomen, lower back, hip and thigh muscles.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. Pilates for a Healthy Back by Lottie Murphy
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. Pilates for a Healthy Back
Take 20 minutes out of your day to take care of your spine. In this routine, Lottie will move your spine in all planes of movement and work on creating space in your spine so that you will enjoy every day tasks free of pain. You’ll feel two inches taller by the end.
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. Ab Intensive Pilates Workout
If you're looking for a core workout that will tone your entire midsection, you've stumbled upon the right one. Amy Perrera will lead you through a series of classic pilates moves that will get you closer to having the strong core you want. This video is appropriate for people of all skill levels.
6. How To Relieve Back Pain With A Tennis Ball
This is a great video demonstration for how to relieve pain and tension in your back, neck, shoulders and hips with the help of a tennis ball. In this Grokker Premium video Amy will demonstrate how to use the tennis balls to break down the myofascial tissues in your lower back to promote blood flow to the region, relax the muscles, get you back into alignment and on the path to being pain-free.
7. Intermediate Pilates: Fire Up Your Abs & Core
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!