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Waist Whittling Workout Routine. 15 Minutes to a Sculpted Stomach

Work your entire core and whittle your Waist with this ab exercise routine for a sculpted stomach.

Waist Whittling Workout Routine. 15 Minutes to a Sculpted Stomach

Waist Whittling Workout Routine. 15 Minutes to a Sculpted Stomach

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Hi Friends!

Clients often ask me how to get a slimmer Waist and a more defined stomach. To get six pack abs or a smaller Waist there really is no secret, extreme quick fix, or fancy treatment. It all comes down to a clean diet, consistent fitness routine, strength training, and living a stress free lifestyle. However, the right exercises and workouts can absolutely help you see better body results and a smaller Waist. Define your waistline with this strengthening routine that gives your obliques some love. These moves hit all of your major muscle groups with extra emphasis on your obliques to “whittle your middle”. Move from one exercise to the next without resting for a feel good Waist Workout routine that will leave you smiling.  In less than 15 minutes, you’ll be on your way to defining your Waist. Hungry for more? Repeat the video for round two! But just be prepared to be sore in your core 😉 All you need to get started is a positive attitude and a mat. Ready to go? Lets get sculpted and sweaty! Press play now.

Waist Whittling Workout Routine. 15 Minutes to a Sculpted Stomach

You didn’t even know 15 minutes could feel so good did you? Remember: a little bit of positive movement goes a long way in helping you feel your best inside and out. I’m proud of you for taking time for yourself and strengthening your stomach! How do you feel after that Waist workout? Let me know if you liked the routine in the comments below. Want more or have a specific request for a video? I’m always game to film something especially for you.

Thank you for sharing such an uplifting workout with me! My Waist feels happy and I can’t wait to see you for another great video on Youtube soon.

Till next time, keep smiling,

Caroline

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Non-Weight Bearing Workout. Total Body Exercise Routine Safe For Recovering From Injury.

A Non-Weight Bearing Workout you can safely use to stay fit when recovering from a foot injury, ankle injury, physical limitation, surgery, or disability. Stay fit and positive with this exercise routine that includes cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training for a total body workout.

Non-Weight Bearing Workout

Non-Weight Bearing Workout

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Hello My Friend,

Are you healing from a Foot Injury? Ankle Surgery? Or working with a disability? Here is a Non-Weight Bearing exercise routine you can use to stay fit, active, and positive. This 40 minute video includes cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises for a total body workout. You will get your heart rate up, work up a sweat, and feel fantastic!

In this Non-Weight Bearing Workout you will move through the following exercises:

Non-Weight Bearing Seated Cardio Exercises

Get your blood flowing and heart pumping with seated chair cardio exercises including seated chair jumping jacks, seated chair boxer punch, and seated chair cardio knees. This Non-Weight Bearing cardio exercise sequence will allow you to get your heart rate up and work up a good sweat!

Non-Weight Bearing Bodyweight Strength Exercises

Maintain your strength and lean muscle mass with this series of Non-Weight Bearing bodyweight strength exercises including: modified pushups, leg raises, hip lifts, modified planks, sit-ups, crunches, and more.

Non-Weight Bearing Flexibility Training Exercises

Finish your workout with a Non-Weight Bearing stretching sequence to help you stay flexible and mobile. Move through modified pigeon pose stretch, seated spine twist, quadriceps stretch and my personal favorite: the scorpion stretch!

This total body Non-Weight Bearing Workout requires a chair and an exercise mat. It can be done in the comfort of your own home or while traveling for a total body workout.

Before starting any new physical activity, you should consult your healthcare provider. These exercises are suitable for most people, including seniors, recovering from an injury and in need of a Non-Weight Bearing workout.  But ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise routine. Listen to your body and move mindfully. Honor your injury and be smart! Ready to get sweaty? Put your positive pants on and lets get moving!

Non-Weight Bearing Workout. Total Body Exercise Routine.

Having an injury, disability, or physical limitation doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. It just means you have to get creative with HOW you exercise. Done properly and safely, exercise can be an incredible resource to keep your body and mind healthy, positive, and fit. That’s why I’ve created a series of workout videos to help you keep moving no matter what. These creative exercise routines include videos you can do with a foot injury, disability, or illness. I believe movement can be medicine that allows you the strength to live your best life. Check out the following YouTube playlists for feel good fitness content you can do no matter what:

Hurt Foot Workouts

Floor Barre Workouts

I would love to hear if you try this video and how it makes your body feel in the comments below! And as always, if you liked this post, PLEASE HIT LIKE, SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and share this video with your friends! Thank you for your support in my work. I am here to help you feel your best inside and out.

Here’s to you living every day in strength,

Caroline

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All Levels Chair Yoga Routine For Injury, Disability, Or Stretching At Work.

Ground your mind and body with this short, all levels Chair Yoga Routine. Perfect for all levels and abilities, Chair Yoga a great way to relax from head to toe without the stress of weight bearing. This routine can help you stay active when recovering from an injury or when sneaking in a few stretches at the office. Press play and give your body a feel good Chair Yoga flow that will lengthen your muscles and calm your mind in minutes.

Chair Yoga Routine

Chair Yoga Routine

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Hi My Friend,

How is your body feeling today? Are you feeling stiff, tight, or tense? How is your mindset? Tired, stressed, or depressed? I’ve got just the thing to help you feel better fast – and you dont even have to get up from your seat.

When I’m feeling on edge, I like to sneak in a few Chair Yoga poses. Perfect for days when you don’t have a lot of time, Chair Yoga can help you stay strong, flexible, and calm. It’s also an incredible way to maintain your yoga practice when dealing with an injury or illness. Chair Yoga can help you stay fit no matter what life brings you next… and you don’t even have to stand up.

What Is Chair Yoga?

So what exactly IS Chair Yoga? Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available.

Who Can Do Chair Yoga?

Chair Yoga can be incredibly beneficial for people with mobility issues, including elderly people and those with disabilities. It’s also great for people wanting to sneak in a couple of stretches at work in the office. The best part about Chair Yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere. All you need is a chair!

What are the Benefits of Chair Yoga?

Yoga has been shown to improve overall health, prevent and (even in some cases) reverse disease when practiced regularly as a lifestyle. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it can therefore lend its benefits to those with mobility issues. Here are some of them:

  • Improved Strength. You can build strength and fitness from a regular Chair Yoga practice. Just try this video below and tell me how your upper body strength improves from our chair chaturanguas!
  • Improved Flexibility. Chair yoga can help people with mobility issues improve their flexibility so that they can keep up with daily life activities.
  • Improved proprioception. Chair yoga can improve proprioception, which is the skill of knowing where your body is in space, and coordinating your movements accurately. This is particularly important for elderly people and can prevent falls. For people with disabilities or conditions such as MS, it may mean having greater control over your body and its movements.
  • Reduced stress and improved mental clarity. Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. It can also help people cope with feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being.
  • Improved stress and pain management. The practice of Chair Yoga includes breath work, which can help people not only with stress management but also with coping and managing pain. Through meditation and paying attention to your breath, you can help your body and mind to cope with the pain of an illness or condition you may suffer with.

Motivated to move yet? Take a seat and give this short, sweet Chair Yoga routine a try. Whether you’re in a confined space, you have mobility issues, or you’re just looking for a few feel-good stretches to melt away tension, this series of seated yoga exercises can be a great addition to your daily routine. In this video you will move through a sequence of seated yoga postures like seated warrior two, seated side angle, seated spine twist, and seated forward fold.

Before starting any new physical activity, you should consult your healthcare provider. These poses are suitable for most people, including seniors, those living with chronic pain and those who use a wheelchair.  But ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise routine. Listen to your body and move mindfully.

Get ready to stretch your muscles, calm your mind, and exhale the stress away. Press play.

Short All Levels Chair Yoga Routine For Injury, Disability, Or Stretching At Work.

This video is designed to help you feel GOOD. I hope this video serves you in feeling your very best and in living without stress. If you are recovering from an injury and need even more support, I have a FULL guide to staying fit, healthy, and positive while you recover. Check it out and stay in great shape with me here. 

When life throws you a challenge or an obstacle, take it one day and one breath at a time. If you can breathe, you can handle anything. And I’m always here for you my friend.

Love,

Caroline

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After Work Pilates Routine to Re-Lengthen and Re-Energize Your Body.

Feeling drained after a long work day? Not motivated to exercise? I’ve got just the remedy: Pilates. Learn about the health benefits of Pilates and press play on this After Work Pilates Routine to re-lenthen and re-energize in minutes.

After Work Pilates Routine

After Work Pilates Routine

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Does it ever feel like you get home at the end of a long work day and you have shrunk 2 feet? All the sitting, the emails, the stress…. it’s starting to make you feel achy, cranky, and tight.

Sitting at a computer can do a number on your body and mind. From increased fatigue and weight gain to lower back pain and reduced cardiovascular health, sitting all day at work (and plopping yourself on the couch to relax after a hard day) can lead to some serious health complications.

Enter: Pilates. This form of movement, which sometimes incorporates equipment, is a low-impact way to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve endurance. With an emphasis on postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance, this Pilates makes for a perfect remedy for after a long, stressful work day.

Read on to learn more of the benefits of Pilates and get an After Work Pilates Routine you can use to counteract all the effects of sitting at a desk and dealing with stress.

Health Benefits Of Pilates

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise that can make a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Pilates is much more than just a workout. Not only does it sculpt your body, it is a mindful form of moving that connects you to your breathing, clears your mind, gives you energy, and provides inner serenity. Pilates will condition your body and improve your performance level in whatever you do. It’s for the runner, the athlete, the Yogi, the dancer, the biker, the golfer, the prenatal and post natal mom the injured and the healthy. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, Pilates makes for a complete mind-body workout that can revitalize your energy and health. Some of the health benefits of Pilates include:

Builds a Balanced Body. Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole with workouts that promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. Pilates is whole body fitness.

Adaptable to All Fitness Levels and Ages. Pilates is for everyone. Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Pilates is accessible to all ages and genders. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.

Improves core strength for  flat abdominals and a strong back. Sitting at a computer weakens your core and hip muscles ( your support system ) causing a lot of compression in the lumber spine. Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine which can help prevent or alleviate lower back pain.

Builds long, lean muscles and flexibility. More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Improves sports performance and prevents injuries. Pilates is a way to help you achieve better fitness results, regardless of your goals or specialties. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.

Improves Body Awareness and the Mind/Body Connection. Creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates was about “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” With of the Pilates exercise each movement is practiced with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise. The Pilates principles — centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow — are key concepts that are used to integrate body and mind.

A regular pilates exercise routine can help you improve your performance, beat stress and build a balanced body thats pain free for life. Pilates is the perfect feel good fix to help your body relax after a long day of work. Next time you’ve had a crazy day at the office, roll out your exercise mat when you get home instead of pressing play on “Real Housewives” to move through this simple after work Pilates Routine. A few simple pilates exercises and deep breaths will allow you to reset and renew your body and spirit in minutes. This after work Pilates Routine contains some of my favorite pilates exercises. You’ll try moves like the pilates roll up, stomach series, bridge, and more. I do this Pilates Routine several times a week to help balance my body and clear my mind. You don’t need any equipment to get started, just your mat, some space, and a positive attitude. Ready to feel better? Put on some stretchy pants and press play on this after work Pilates Routine now.

After Work Pilates Routine

Next time you have a long work day, try this after work Pilates Routine and let me know how it makes your body feel in the comments below. I loved filming this video for you and hope it serves you in your health, fitness, and work performance! If you liked this video, please hit like and share with friends who could benefit! Together we can build our positive community online and off.

Thanks for the great pilates workout! Till next time, keep shining my friends.

Caroline

My mission is to help you develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds to the quality of your life. Check out my list of services, stay connected about upcoming events by subscribing to my email newsletter, or contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com to discuss ways we can work together and live well.

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“Baby You’re A Star” No Impact Floor Barre Workout. 30 Minute Long & Lean Routine

Press play on this feel good No Impact Floor Barre Workout for Long & Lean Muscles.

No Impact Floor Barre

No Impact Floor Barre

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Hi Friends!

This 30 minute floor barre video works your total body without placing pressure on your feet and ankles. Its NO Impact, fun, challenging, uplifting, and all levels. This No Impact floor barre workout video is especially designed for those of you who are in need of some non-weight bearing exercise. It’s perfect if you are looking for:

  • A workout you can do in your home or apartment with little space
  • A workout video to stay in shape when traveling for work ( makes working out in your hotel room fun and motivating!)
  • A No Impact cross-training workout to balance high-impact workouts
  • A routine to help you shape and strengthen your abs, hips, butt, legs, and arms.
  • A exercise routine you can do on a sleepy sunday to help pull things together from the weekend and prepare for a strong week.
  • A low-impact exercise routine you can do when coming back from an injury (get the doctor’s permission first of course 🙂 )

I had a lot of fun filming this floor barre workout video for you – my abs felt the burn and my butt was sore for a few days in the best way. To get started all you need is a mat and YOU! Tighten up your pony tail (or man bun 😉 ) and press play now.

“Baby You’re A Star” No Impact Floor Barre Workout. 30 Minute Long & Lean Routine.

I believe exercise is one of the key ingredients in having energy and living a powerful life. I hope this Floor Barre video serves you in feeling your very best. Leave me a comment below if you try these routine and let me know how you feel!

For more Floor Barre Workout Videos, check out this playlist. 

Im here to help you stay positive and active wherever life finds you. I hope this exercise video helps you find ways to move and feel good in your body. I believe in you and know you can do whatever you put your mind to. Here to cheer you on in all ways and always.

Caroline

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Foam Rolling Routine for Hurt Foot or Ankle Injury. Help Your Body Feel Better With These Exercises.

Here’s a Foam Rolling Routine you can do when recovering from a foot or ankle injury. Help your body heal and feel better with these self massage exercises.

Foam Rolling Routine

Foam Rolling Routine

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Stay fit, healthy, and positive with a foot or ankle injury with my full length “Hurt Foot Fitness” program.

Hi Friends!

No injury is a good injury… but foot injuries? They are pretty brutal aren’t they? The healing process is long and often an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs; good and bad days. If you are struggling with an injury right now I want you to know: you are not alone. I know how you feel and my heart goes out to you!

Healing from a foot injury can cause all sorts of aches and pains in your body. Moving around in a boot or being less active can make your muscles tight, tense, and restricted. In fact, because moving around in a boot can put your hips on different levels, you are at a higher risk for hurting your back or coming across other painful injuries from compensating just to get around. Foam rolling is a great way to loosen up stiff muscles, improve your range of motion, correct these imbalances, and feel better. This Foam Rolling Routine is designed to help you relieve the muscular tightness and tension that comes from dealing with a foot or ankle injury.

To do this video you will need:

I’ve been in your shoes (and your boot). I’ve felt the sadness, fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, frustration, regret, anger, physical and emotional upset of dealing with a foot injury. I’ve felt it all. That’s why I created my full Hurt Foot Fitness program to support people everywhere in staying fit, positive, and well when recovering from a foot or ankle injury.  Are you ready to be a Hurt Foot Fitness success story? Roll out your mat, grab your foam roller and press play on the video below.

Foam Rolling Routine for Hurt Foot or Ankle Injury. Help Your Body Feel Better With These Exercises.

I am here to use my expertise and experience to give you guidance, hope, strength, and light during the frustrating process of being sidelined from the active life you love. I believe in you and your body’s ability to heal. Try this video and give your body a little love and T.L.C. while it recovers from injury! Let me know how you feel after you give it a try in the comments below. Stay strong and keep smiling my friends, I am cheering for you.

Love,
Caroline

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Get Rid Of Knee Pain with Simple Exercises and Fitness Tips for for Knee Pain Relief and Knee Health

Here’s a look at some common causes of Knee Pain and action steps you can take to help your knees feel better fast.

Knee Pain Relief

Knee Pain Relief

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You notice it when you wake up in the morning. You feel it when you walk down stairs. It’s sore during your work day and hurts when you stand in high heels. It slows you down on your run and hurts when you do squats at the gym. It nags with weird noises and uncomfortable spurts of pain.

It’s knee pain and it’s starting to get annoying.

Is there a fix? Do you need a doctor or just a few simple fitness hacks?

Before you book an appointment with your sports medicine doc, let’s see if we can get that knee pain to feel better with some simple exercises and movement strategies for success. Sometimes, simply by changing the way you move and train, you can eliminate pain and feel better in your body. Here’s a look at some common causes of Knee Pain and action steps you can take to help your knees feel better fast.

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Simple Ways You Can Alleviate Knee Pain Now

  • Get Moving! One of the best things you can do for knee health is simply maintaining an active lifestyle. Too much sitting will cause your knees to get achy and stiff, your joints thrive on movement!  Remember : some activity is better than no activity. Try low-impact activities, like swimming, brisk walking, or cycling, and considering taking health supplements that provide glucosamine and chondroitin to strengthen and lubricate knees.
  • Maintain a well-rounded exercise program. Make sure your exercise routine includes a variety of cardio, strength, and flexibility training. If you only do one type of exercise (like run or cycle) you need to cross-train to balance out your muscles and prevent injury. Too much of one type of exercise (like running) can cause overuse from repetitive stress. Look at your weekly routine and build in variety to balance your body. I teach you how to create a balanced exercise program in my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough 
  • Build a strong butt. Gluteal amnesia and “sleeping booty syndrome” is REAL. Knee Pain is often tied to weak hips, butt, and ab muscles —especially for women. Focus on strengthening all of theses muscles and support your knees. The below butt and hip workout video playlist includes helpful strength exercises for the hips, butt, and core. Done consistently any of the below exercise routines will support you in stronger muscles for less Knee Pain.

Workout Playlist: Butt and Hip Exercise Video Routines

  • Stretch. Multiple muscles overlap the knee joint including your calf, thigh, hamstrings, quadriceps, gastrocnemius, and soleus. All of these work together to flex, extend, and stabilize the knee. This means you want to think about stretching all of the tissues around the knees. The video below includes some of the best (and simplest) moves that stretch all of the muscle groups around the knee for Knee Pain relief. Try to do these stretches after every workout to keep your knees healthy now and in the future.

Knee Massage and Stretching Routine for Knee Pain Relief.

  • Massage. Taking a few minutes to massage out the kinks in all of the muscles around the knees can help get rid of soreness, improve flexibility, increase range of motion, and fix tight muscles that may be contributing to Knee Pain. Both of the below videos address specific Knee Pain massage techniques that you can do anywhere for instant relief. These videos use the Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls and are highly effective in treating and preventing Knee Pain.

Knee Massage Video for Knee Pain

Quad and Hip Flexor Massage Video

A few minutes of  strength exercises, simple stretches, and self massage techniques can make a significant difference in Knee Pain relief and performance. You aren’t 110 yet! You deserve to enjoy a long life with healthy knees that can take you on adventures. Balance your fitness routine with the above exercises to keep your knees healthy and strong. Life is too short to let Knee Pain slow you down and if you give them a little love, your knees will keep you moving for a long time.

Let me know how your knees feel after you try these videos in the comments below. I am here to help you keep your body and mind in great shape so you can love your life.

Here’s to you and happy knees,

Caroline

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Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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Help for Lower Back Pain. Feel Better Fast With These Video Routines.

Here’s your go-to guide on exercises that can help reduce and prevent Lower Back Pain. Bookmark these routines and keep them on hand for when your Lower Back needs a little T.L.C.

Help for Lower Back Pain

Help for Lower Back Pain

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My girlfriend called me the other day: “UGH I think I did something to my lower back” she mournfully moned.

“Oh no! I’ve been there. That’s the worst. But don’t worry, I’ve made a Youtube video to help with that. Four videos in fact!”

My friends always laugh that I have filmed a YouTube video to fix just about everything. It’s pretty much true, I love helping other people feel better.

So if you are reading this article and thinking “Oh, my aching back”, I’m happy we’ve met and I want to help you take care of it.

Lower Back Pain is the second most common neurological ailment in adults (headaches come as a close first).

“Eighty percent of the population of the United States, at some point in their life, is going to have back pain,” says Ronald J. Wisneski, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, specialist in spinal disorders and spine surgery, and associate in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. Most of the time, that pain is centered in the lower back and non-specific, meaning there is no primary cause found. About 2% to 10% of people who experience low back pain develop chronic low back pain, which affects daily living for a minimum of 3 months.

Minimum of 3 months of back pain? Aint no’body got time for that.

Luckily there is a simple (and free!) fix to help relieve and prevent Lower Back Pain : exercise. Not only does movement help decrease Lower Back Pain , but it may also speed recovery, prevent re-injury, and enable you to enjoy a long life full of activity. Taking proactive steps to prevent or treat Lower Back Pain is easy and can be done at home without any special equipment.

Before we get started with some movement medicine, take a moment to think about this common causes and daily movements that may be increasing Lower Back pain in your life. Sometimes it’s as simple as adjusting your desk set up at work or using a backpack instead of a heavy shoulder purse.  Ask yourself if any of the below might be contributing to your Lower Back Pain and see if you can work to modify or eliminate these back pain culprits in your life.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain:

  • Weak core muscles
  • Poor posture
  • Overuse
  • Lack of exercise
  • Too much sitting
  • Stress

Daily life movements that may cause more Lower Back Pain:

  • Poor posture and slouching while at your desk, computer, or on your smart phone.
  • Carrying your purse or shoulder bag on one side.
  • Spending a lot of time driving (the car seat causes slouching in the lower back, use this technique to prevent poor posture when behind the wheel)
  • Wearing High heels
  • Exercising with bad form
  • Lifting both legs while lying on your back (leg lifts).
  • Lifting heavy objects above the waist
  • Toe touches while standing.

See how daily movements can influence how your Lower Back feels?

Exercises that may help reduce or prevent Lower Back Pain:

  • Aerobic exercise: to condition your heart and muscles, maintain health, and speed recovery. Walking, cycling, and swimming are great back happy cardio options.
  • Strength Training: with a focus on the core, back, stomach, and leg muscles (see Lower Back Pain bodyweight strength video routine below).
  • Flexibility training / Stretching: to keep your muscles and other supporting tissues flexible and less prone to injury.
  • Self Massage / Foam Rolling: to relieve muscle tightness, soreness, improve range of motion, and ease pain.

It’s important not to let the fear of more back pain keep you from trying gentle activity. Exercise is the remedy to healing your body. Too little activity can lead to loss of flexibility, strength, endurance, and actually cause more pain. But you need to be smart and choose exercises that help you feel better.

I’ve created a series of Youtube Videos to teach you how to prevent and reduce Lower Back Pain. These videos can be done anywhere for instant relief. With permission from your doctor, this gentle program of stretching and strength exercises can help ease your Lower Back Pain and help you on towards health. A consistent Lower Back Pain exercise program can help you keep your spine healthy and happy for life. Ready to feel better? Press play and let’s take care of that Lower Back pain.

Best Stretches for Lower Back Pain Relief

This video includes some of the best stretches for Lower Back Pain Relief. It’s perfect at the end of a long work day or when you need to relieve tight, tense muscles in your back and hips.

Bodyweight Strength Exercises to Prevent and Treat Lower Back Pain.

These simple and effective bodyweight strength exercises will help you prevent Lower Back Pain and keep your spine healthy.

Lower Back Pain Stretching Routine

This simple 10 minute stretching routine will help ease stiff, sore Lower Back muscles. It will stretch the areas that need it most and allow you to work towards optimal spinal health. Aim to work through this video routine twice focusing on quality and moving slowly with control.

Self Massage Techniques to Help Lower Back Pain

This video uses the Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls to relieve tight, tense, lower back muscles. This technique is highly effective in treating and preventing Lower Back Pain.

Done consistently, the exercise videos above will help you prevent and eliminate Lower Back Pain in your life. Lower Back Pain doesn’t need to be a regular part of your life! Let me know how your body feels when you try these videos by leaving me a comment below. I am here to help you take care of yourself so you can be your very best. Here’s to keeping your Lower Back happy and healthy for life!

With love,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

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20 Minute Floor Barre Workout for a Longer, Stronger Physique

Expect to get better posture, core strength, and a longer physique with this pilates and dance inspired Floor Barre Workout.

Floor Barre Workout

Floor Barre Workout

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Hi Friends!

Join me for an uplifting 20 minute Floor Barre Workout video for a longer and stronger physique! This Floor Barre Workout video is all levels and works your total body without placing stress on your joints (read: No Impact!). It’s fun, uplifting, and feels so good! In this Floor Barre Workout routine, you’ll move through a series of ballet inspired total body exercises. In 20 minutes, you’ll get a complete workout for your your abs, hips, butt, thighs, back, and arms. This is one of those feel good workouts you can do daily for incredible fitness results. Expect to get better posture, core strength, and a longer, leaner physique with this pilates and dance inspired Floor Barre Workout.

Ready to get sweaty? Press play now.

20 Minute Floor Barre Workout for a Longer, Stronger Physique

Loving the outfit studio style for this YouTube video = New Balance Elixir Tight and New Balance Newbury Crop Top. 

For more Floor Barre Workout Videos, check out this playlist. 

I am excited for you to try this Floor Barre Workout video, it’s a feel good favorite routine for the body and mind. Let me know how it makes you feel in the comments below. Stay strong and keep smiling my friends, I can’t wait to share another workout with you again soon.

With love,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

Want to build a balanced body? Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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Get Over The “Pain In the Butt” High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Hamstring Tendonitis is a real pain in the butt. Here’s what I’ve learned about getting rid of high Hamstring Tendonitis pain and helpful tips on how to heal your body and return to the sports you love.

Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring Tendonitis

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Have you ever had dull, aching, pain in the butt? Pain right where the hamstring attaches to the butt muscle? You feel it when you walk, you definitely feel it when you bend forward, and the idea of running faster than a shuffle sounds almost impossible.

I’ve been there. High Hamstring Tendonitis. It’s a major bummer. Major.

Hamstring Tendonitis pain is a bad injury for anyone to deal with, especially for active people who need those hamstring muscles to be working correctly to do what we love the most, our sports! The hamstrings are an essential muscle group that help us move our best.

I had my first encounter with High Hamstring Tendonitis in 2012. I was an active runner and yoga student at the time. I’d run a few times a week and attend Vinyasa Flow classes with the best teachers in SF (we are very spoiled in the Bay Area when it comes to incredible yoga teachers – this place is a mecca of talent, knowledge, and skill!). I loved it until things started to hurt.

It all began with  a vague, aching soreness high up on my hamstrings and deep into my buttock muscles. It felt like a big knot I needed to massage out and I knew something was off. I probably just have “tight runner hips”, I thought, “I must need more stretching and foam rolling”. So I did more of that.  But it didn’t seem to help. In fact, the pain got worse.

The next thought was to stop running completely until things get better. So I retired my running shoes and spent more time doing yoga, still with the idea that stretching out my “tight runner hips” was the solution to my hamstring pain. I was wrong. What was causing my hamstring pain? Why wasn’t it going away with more resting and stretching?

High Hamstring Tendonitis

High Hamstring Tendonitis Source Yoga International 

For many people who practice yoga, hamstring injuries develop over time, usually where the hamstring attaches to the sit bone. This is a tendon injury, and unlike a muscle tear, it doesn’t happen suddenly. Instead, it is “death by a thousand cuts”: each tiny rip in the tendon is relatively minor by itself, but because it does not fully heal, repeated injuries accumulate over time, until an ill-considered bit of overstretching or an overly aggressive adjustment from a teacher finally puts the injury over the edge.

To give you a visual: if my hamstrings were a hair rubber band, over stretching had forced the band to rip and fray, causing them to lose their elasticity and no longer work to hold things together. Because it was so loose, my body had to fight to hold on and was in pain.

I didn’t need more flexibility, I needed stability. My hamstrings and hips had become so overstretched they could no longer support the demands of movement. The repetitive stress of countless downward dogs, forward folds, and hip openers on my already bendy body was ripping my hamstrings apart.

Stretching was actually causing my pain. What I needed was strength.

I stopped stretching and picked up the weights. I worked to realign my spine and regain strength in my butt, hips, and core. Squats, stability ball hamstring curls, Deadlifts (with good form!), and kettlebells were my best friends. I avoided all forward folds, downward dogs, and hip openers. A consistent strength program and a moderate rate of progression helped me heal my hamstrings. I was very lucky to have several incredible colleagues and coaches to help guide me through the process of figuring out what helped my hamstrings feel better and what didn’t. But real talk here: Your Body Is Your Business. Others can give you information to help you grow. But the only person responsible for figuring out what you need for your body to heal is you. 

Have you had high Hamstring Tendonitis or are working through hamstring pain? Here are a few more details on high Hamstring Tendonitis pain and an exercise video that can help you gently get your hamstrings to work again.

Causes of High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

  • Repetitive stress particularly from activities like running, jumping, kicking, and yoga which can involve excessive lengthening of the hamstring muscles
  • Weak hamstrings, hips, glutes, and core muscles
  • Muscular imbalances, especially between the hamstrings and quadriceps
  • Overstretching of the hamstring, hip, or butt muscles

How to get rid of High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Always consult your doctor or physical therapist before starting this or any exercise routine.

I am not a doctor, but have successfully overcome high Hamstring Tendonitis pain as well as helped many others heal from the condition through my work as a fitness professional. I share my story and what I’ve found helpful to give you insight and hope that you can heal from High Hamstring pain and return to the sports you love.

For me, strength training has been an essential piece of recovering my hamstrings to full health. At first I was scared to do any movement, but I discovered that smart strength training and a moderate rate of progression helped me put the bounce back into my muscles and heal from pain.

Unlike most injuries, you can not get over high Hamstring Tendonitis by resting. It actually takes a lot of work to physically change what is causing the issue. You want to Keep Moving Mindfully! A muscle in tension stays in tension until you change its position. Functional movement is the key to healing strong and mobile muscles. Get a support team of trusted health professionals to assist you in your healing process. Trust me: you and your body are worth the investment. But no matter what, remember that you must heal yourself. Everything and everyone that helps is just an “assist” to your body’s own healing capacity.

For me healing from high Hamstring Tendonitis was a process of trial and error: noticing the exercises that helped get rid of pain (hello stability ball hamstring curls!) and noticing the exercises that caused pain (goodbye forward folds!). I encourage you to work slowly, listen to your body, and notice what helps you feel better and what you need to avoid to heal. I always say to my coaching clients, “you only have time to feel good”! So keep the exercises that work for you and avoid the ones that cause you to hurt!

Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring Tendonitis

Exercises to Help High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Since High Hamstring Tendonitis pain can result from bodily imbalances and misalignments, these basic exercises can relieve hamstring discomfort by realigning the hips and the knees.

However please keep in mind that everybody’s body is different and no exact program found online will address your specific needs. I want to offer you a general menu of specific hamstring exercises that I found helpful in healing my hamstring and relieving pain. Consider adding this exercise video to your High Hamstring Tendonitis rehabilitation program. I believe if you do the following exercises once a day you’ll be able to bring some relief to those hamstrings. The exercises you’ll do in this video include:

Double Leg Glute Bridge: Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place arms at your side and lift up the spine and hips. Slowly bring the hips back down, then lift back up or hold this position for 10-60 seconds.

Exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis Pain Photo Credit Kuroda Studios

Exercises for High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Exercises for High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain Photo Credit Kuroda Studios

Single Leg Glute Bridge: Same form as the above double leg glute bridge but with one leg instead of two.  Hold this position for 10-60 seconds or lift hips up and down for 10-15 reps.

Side lying clamshell: Lay down on the side of your body with your legs bent in 90 degrees. Lift the top leg up and down, with the foot facing forward. You should feel this on the side of your butt and in your hips. Perform 10-20 reps and then switch sides.

Hamstring curl: Lie down on belly on your mat with your legs extended straight. Lift one leg off the floor and curl your heel towards your butt using your hamstrings, glutes, and core muscles. Repeat 10-15 reps and then switch sides.

Front Plank: Lie on the stomach with elbows close to the sides directly under the shoulders. The palms should be facing downwards. Now, engage the abdominal muscles. There will be a sensation of tightness around the ribs and lower part of the body. Now, contract the thigh muscles and straighten the legs and flex the ankles. Now, slowly lift the torso and thighs off the floor. The legs need to be kept as rigid as possible. Try maintaining this position for about 10 seconds.

Ready to get started? Pay attention to the alignment cues and have fun! I hope this hamstring exercise video helps you feel better.

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Injury is a great teacher, most often arising from patterns and habits of movement developed over long periods of time. Injuries awaken us to these patterns–and to new ways of moving and being within our body.

Many people don’t believe me when I tell them that too much yoga can be a bad thing. In the mainstream culture Yoga is seen as something that is safe to do everyday. But too much of anything is never a good thing. Have you ever suffered from High Hamstring Tendonitis? Have you ever had an injury from too much flexibility? What did you do to help your body heal? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your story and what has helped you.

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I hope this post serves you in feeling your very best. Here’s to keeping our hamstrings healthy and happy for life!

With love and squats,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

Want to build a balanced body? Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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