Exercise is almost always a component of back pain treatment, no matter what the cause of your pain. Many people are turning to exercise programs like yoga and Pilates to alleviate back pain by gaining strength and flexibility.
The internet is used, among many things, for the purpose of education. Online classes and instructional manuals have helped people become more independent while saving money. Online courses in exercise have a clear disadvantage to in-person classes: An instructor can’t watch you, correct form as needed and answer your questions in real time. That said, online yoga and Pilates classes make these practices accessible to people who can’t attend in-person classes.
When using the online approach to yoga and Pilates, it is important to have a plan. Anyone can go on Youtube and search for a particular stretch or series of exercises, but that doesn’t necessarily comprise a routine. Having structure to your exercise program is important, especially if you’re trying to treat back pain. Aside from structure, the best sites will provide anatomical education to participants. Knowing your body will help ensure that you don’t use it in harmful ways. There are online resources to help you focus your exercise and learn about your body.
There are a number of sites that offer free yoga videos. You’ll want to find a site that provides both structure and education. One excellent site is www.doyogawithme.com, which provides you with access to a large number of videos you can search through according to the type of workout you want, your current skill level and the length of the videos. The site offers instruction in both yoga and Pilates.
A new trend is developing: interactive, live exercise classes online. This may be the best path for those who need more structure to their exercise schedule, have questions or need extra form guidance. Before signing up for a live online yoga class, make sure that you’re not spending more than you would on an in-person class in your area. Costhelper.com puts drop-in prices from $12-$16 and package deals as low as $9 per class for yoga classes. Check your area for class prices.
One possible advantage of online yoga classes is access to a greater variety and number of classes than you likely have in your area. If you want yoga instruction daily, that would likely be too expensive or unavailable in your area. Most paid websites offer a flat rate and unlimited access to classes.
If you want to pursue yoga and Pilates instruction online, remember to consider cost, education and structure when choosing your program. The internet can be a great resource for back pain exercise when used properly.