Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bollywood Dancer Reema Sarin choreographs Founder's day Dance Show

Reema Sarin recently performed
and choreographed the FOUNDER'S DAY BOLLYWOOD DANCE SHOW at the Dayawanti Punj
Model School in Sitamarhi, near Benares. The Show saw participation from over
1,000 students who rocked to the fantastic beats of songs 'Saturday Saturday', 'Paani
Paani' by Yo Yo Honey Singh and 'Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai' by Badshah,
amongst other popular tracks! The Stadium rocked with Bollywood dance
performances for the 3,000 plus audience!;
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

SWIMMING – WORKOUT IN SUMMER! By Reema Sarin, Founder 'BOLLYFIT', Actor, Dancer, Model & Choreographer

Is the Summer heat making exercising tough! Exercising on land, such as running or walking, you put a lot of pressure on your joints, bones and muscles. With swimming, the buoyancy of water acts cushions your body and is no harsh pounding to stress your joints and muscles, and is a recreational form of exercise. Besides it is a fantastic way to cool off! That is why it is called the best exercise!
Perhaps an injury prevents you from exercising on land and putting any weight on a knee or ankle. Swimming can help you. Kicking workouts, water aerobics, pool running, or a regular swimming workout can all give you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move.
Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a dryland workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.
While you do use a lot of calories swimming, once you get out of the pool much of that calorie burning stops, so swimming is in a way more effective for body toning than for drastic weight reduction. Doing land based exercise like running or cycling may use about the same amount of calorie per hour as swimming, but once you stop exercising the land-based workout usually leads to continued increase in calorie use for as long as 18 hours after the workout. This is because when you are in the pool you don't heat up as much as you do on land, and your body does not have to work to cool you down as much once the exercise session concludes.
However, Swimming does exercise almost the entire body - heart, lungs, and muscles - with very little joint strain. It is great for general fitness, just not a great way to drop excess pounds and burn on wards of 400 calories! Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body, mind and spirit. So jump into that pool today!
 2. Which of the following are your favorite strokes:
a.       Freestyle
b.      Breaststroke
c.       Backstroke
d.      Butterfly
e.      Front Crawl
My favorite is swimming the Breaststroke as it gives a fantastic Core Body workout! The basics are easy to grasp. Breaststroke is considered short axis stroke. Breaststroke requires the body to move or bend along the short axis of the body at the hips. During breaststroke, your body should make a wavelike motion, which is the result of the constant upward and downward movement of the chest. Because of this bending wavelike movement, your core body muscles are engaged. Your hips will assist your breathing and momentum by driving downward and forward. The more breaststroke you swim, the more you engage your core body, and thus the stronger it will become. The breaststroke kick also engages the inner and outer thigh muscles that are not used as often in other strokes. Breaststroke is an overall upper body workout. This stroke not only strengthens the muscles your upper body but also engages the forearm, chest and upper back muscles more than any other stroke. The outward sweeping motion of the hands and inward pull of the water toward the breast requires use of the deltoids, biceps, triceps, pectorals and trapezius muscles. The faster you swim breaststroke and the more challenging your swim, the stronger these muscles will become.
Yes, there are many exercise routines and activities one can do in the pool, the most recommended being Bollyfit in water, Water Aerobics, Water Yoga, Body Toning Workouts in water, Exercises for Abdominal Muscles in the pool, Working with Weights in the pool, Stretching & Breathing exercise in the pool, and games like Volley-ball in the pool, which are high energy, enjoyable as well as they provide a fantastic cardio and toning workout!                                                                                            
Swimming is an enjoyable fun activity to do, but needs to be executed with responsibility, taking the following precautions at all times:
  • Never swim in the pool after drinking alcohol.
  • Don’t allow glass bottles or other potential hazards into the pool area.
  • Keep radios, CD players, blow dryers, and other electrical devices away from the pool.
  • Serious spinal cord injuries, permanent brain damage, and death can occur to swimmers who dive into shallow water or spring upward on the diving board and hit it on the way down.
  • Check how deep the water is. Enter the water feet first, especially when going in for the first time.
  • Learn how to dive properly by taking classes. Never dive into above-ground pools; they are usually not deep enough. Always check the water depth before plunging into an in-ground pool. Never dive into the shallow end of a pool.
  • Wear sunscreen of a good SPF (+30) to protect your self from UV radiation got from strong after noon sun rays
  • Keep a first aid kit near the pool in case of emergency. Being prepared for minor injuries can help avoid major ones.  Bumps and bruises are a part of childhood.  When they are easily treated with bandages, antibiotic ointment and cleaning pads that you have on-hand, the fun can quickly continue.
  • Watch out for lightning! Lightning sometimes beats rain.  Even if it isn't raining yet, lightning in the distance should be a reason to run for cover away from water.  An approaching storm is a sign to get out of the pool.
  • Swim where there is a life-gaurd on duty. Develop a buddy system — don't swim alone or allow others to swim alone.
2.       What is the best time to swim and why?
The best time to swim is early morning, as that is the best time to exercise. In the mornings, after a good night’s rest, one’s energy is at its peak, giving you the full benefit of your workout. As the day proceeds, noon time onwards, the sun rays are most powerful, which exposes the skin to UV radiation, and some rays will penetrate even if one is wearing sunscreen. If you are swimming for relaxation, then an evening swim, once the sun isn’t so strong, is also an option.

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Hot Summer is here! Lets Work out in Water! By Reema Sarin, Founder ' BOLLYFIT', Dancer, Model, Actor & Choreographer

Exercising in water is not only fun, but fantastic for muscle toning and for getting a great workout without the risk of any sports injury or bodily wear and tear! Water Aerobics has come out to be an increasingly popular way of exercising during those hot long summer months where working out on land gets to be challenging due to the intense heat! So what are you waiting for? Jump into that pool now and get started with your cardio workout in water!

Working out in water, more popularly known as Water Aerobics is a non-impact workout that can be performed at any fitness level. Whether you are pregnant, have arthritis, are recovering from an injury, or searching for variety in your workout program, water exercise provides a safe and effective training environment.

“I personally take Water Aerobic classes and they are absolutely fantastic for body conditioning and muscle toning.” Says Reema Sarin, Actor, Model, BOLLYWOOD Dancer & Founder of the BOLLYFIT Program

A great Cardio Workout!
A cardiovascular exercise plan incorporates full body movements to raise one’s heart rate, increase breathing rate and burn calories. A pool cardiovascular workout may take place in the shallow or deep water and should last for 30 to 45 minutes. In the shallow, one uses movements such as running, jumping jacks, hopping, leaping and walking to keep your heart rate elevated. In the deep, one needs to wear a belt that will keep you upright as you bike pedal, flutter kick and scissor kick your way to cardiovascular improvements.
Strength those Muscles!
One can also include strength training exercises in your water workouts. Water dumbbells are made to work against their buoyancy, strengthens your muscle tissue. Water paddles are also available that can be used to push through the resistance of the water for strengthening exercises. You can use similar land strength exercises such as arm curls, arm extensions and side bends in the water.
Reema says, “ Water Aerobics not only provides an excellent cardio workout, but also great body conditioning with least muscle wear and tear, as one is exercising in a low resistance medium – Water, while ensuring a high calorie and fat burn workout, leading to fantastic weight loss!”

“One can also do a Circuit training regime, which is a workout that alternates cardiovascular and strength-training exercises and one may use circuit training in a pool for an effective, full-body workout”, adds Reema.

Circuit training is a workout that alternates cardiovascular and strength-training exercises. One may use circuit training in a pool for an effective, full-body workout. If you prefer the deep water, a circuit can be performed in water over 6 1/2 feet deep. For a shallow-water workout, the water level should be between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 feet deep. You would also need access to a resistance tool, such as water dumbbells, water paddles or a swim noodle.
Combining one’s cardiovascular and strength training workouts can be an effective water circuit training program. Here, one needs to alternate a cardiovascular exercise, such as side leaps, with a strength training exercise, such as an arm curl. Ideally, one would need to perform each exercise for 1.5 to 2 minutes before switching to the next exercise, and then continue this pattern to complete the workout session.

How is it beneficial?

Yes, absolutely, a cardio workout in water canbe extremely beneficial. Water Aerobics not only provides an excellent cardio workout, but also great body conditioning with least muscle wear and tear, as one is exercising in a low resistance medium – Water, while ensuring a high calorie and fat burn workout, leading to fantastic weight loss!

Water aerobic exercises are also extremely effective for toning up one’s body muscles, giving one a great linear and contoured look! These exercises are especially good for Abdominal and all our Leg and Thigh muscles.
Infact, Water therapy exercises are used to cure many ailments like relief of low back pain or neck pain. These exercises also serve to condition and strengthen muscles to help avoid future recurrences of back pain.
Water therapy exercise is especially helpful in cases where a land-based exercise program is not possible due to the intensity of pain, decreased bone density, disability or other factors. As such, water therapy is a versatile exercise and is particularly good for people with conditions such as:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Advanced osteoporosis (with susceptibility to and/or pain from fracture)
  • Muscle strain or tears
In addition to those conditions, water therapy is frequently recommended as one form of exercise therapy to treat those with diabetes as well as individuals with high blood pressure. Both conditions can improve and become more manageable with aquatic exercise, since water provides a much gentler, welcoming environment. Water therapy may also be referred to as pool therapy, hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy.
Who can do it? Age group?

Water aerobics and exercises can be done by almost all age – groups, the ideal being from 12 to 50 years of age for men, women, boys and girls.

What are the points to be careful of when doing this - Dos and Don'ts

Well, to get the maximum benefit from your Water Aerobic workout, some rules need to be adhered to, which include the following:

·         Avoid taking heavy meals just before your work out as it would hamper a smooth workout and could cause cramps.
·         It is important to breathe correctly and consistently throughout the workout – for e.g. whilst under water, you always have to blow out into the water.
·         Good to wear well fitting but comfortable swimwear to allow easy and muscular movement
·         Definitely need to use a sun block cream to protect oneself from getting burnt in the Sun, if exercising during the day in an open air pool.
·         It is important to familiarize oneself with all the exercise gear that one needs to use during the workout, for e.g. water dumbbells, etc
·         Last but not the least, stop all exercise immediately if you feel any physical discomfort, for e.g. difficulty in breathing, choking feeling, foot or any other muscle cramps.

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Alcohol – Be Lean! By Reema Sarin, Founder 'BOLLYFIT", Actor, Model, Dancer & Choreographer

Can you drink alcohol and still stay lean? I hear from a lot of people... They want to get lean, but they don't want to give up drinking alcohol.

Now, we aren’t talking about alcoholic type of drinking, but referring to just talking moderate social drinking here.

Of course, if you have no problem abstaining from alcohol, then that will certainly be the best thing for your health and your body. But, I still think most of us can drink in moderation, and still stay perfectly healthy and lean.

So for those who do like to partake in some social drinking, here are a few tips that can help you to stay single-digit bodyfat lean, while still drinking occasionally.

1. Alcohol gives you extra empty calories, as it has 7 calories per gram, compared to 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates and protein, and 9 calories per gram for fats. On nights that you know are going to involve some drinking, it helps to make sure that dinner is based only around protein and vegetables. You're going to take in a lot of empty calories with the alcohol, so eating a good portion of appetite-satisfying protein along with nutrient-rich vegetables can help to control your appetite and give your body the nutrients it needs. Most importantly, there's just no room for loads of carbohydrate-rich foods if you're also going to be consuming alcohol. Carbs + alcohol is a perfect recipe for growing a beer belly!

2. If you want to save your body from adding layers of ugly fat, by all means stay away from syrupy, fruity drinks that are loaded with sugar. This is a double whammy for your gut as you're not only getting all of the empty alcohol calories, but also loads of empty sugar calories. Big fruity drinks such as a margarita can sometimes have as much as 500-600 calories per serving!

Instead, your best bet is to stick with a clear alcohol mixed with club soda and a squeeze of lime or lemon. Stay away from tonic water mixers! Some people don't realize this, but tonic water is loaded with almost as much sugar as regular soda pop. By the way, Club soda is the lowest calorie social drink.

3. If you're going to drink beer, you're better off choosing just 1 or 2 dark beers rather than 5 or 6 light beers. Sure, dark beers have more calories than light beers, but dark beers also have more B vitamins and antioxidants than light beers, so you actually get more nutrition from the dark beer. As long as you keep it to just 1 or 2 dark beers, you may still stay within 150-400 calories.

4. Try to get in a high intensity full body workout before your night out of drinking. At least you've revved up your metabolism and have your body processing calories a little faster.

Also, trying to get in some sort of exercise the morning after your night out can also help to get your body back to a good state of health. This may not be your best workouts in terms of energy, but it can help to just get your body moving and break a sweat.

5. Avoid the late-night munchies after a night of drinking! This is where most people do the biggest damage to their waistlines.

Instead, make sure to have some lean protein and vegetables quickly available at home (perhaps some pre-cooked chicken breasts, grass-fed steaks, or even tuna fish and some veggie sticks) so that you can satisfy your late night post-party appetite with lean protein instead of carbohydrates.

The worst thing for your body is loading up on pizza, ice cream and other carb-rich junk after a night out of drinking.

6. If you drink multiple drinks socially, try to keep drinking alcohol to only 1-2 days/week maximum, if you want to stay lean. On the other hand, if you never drink more than 1-2 drinks per day, then having 1-2 drinks daily with a meal can still be part of a healthy lifestyle. As long as those calories are accounted for and you still stay within your daily caloric maintenance.

7. Wine is one of the healthier drink choices... if you must have a drink, you might as well choose wine so you at least get a good dose of antioxidants as well. Red wine is known for it's antioxidant content, however even white wines contain antioxidants as well.

This list of tips to help manage social drinking in a healthier way can really help you to stay leaner and healthier and still balance a little bit of social drinking into your life.

And last but not the least, make sure you get some dancing (if possible) in your night out – to burn those extra calories away!

Don't be Lazy... Be Lean!

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Artificial Sweeteners – A Health Hazard? Find Out! By Reema Sarin, Founder 'BOLLYFIT', Actor, Dancer, Model & Choreographer

This refers to the chemical-sweeteners found in diet soft drinks and thousands of other healthy foods.

You actually Gain Weight by Using Artificial Sweeteners - Artificial sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose), NutraSweet (aspartame), Sunette (acesulfame K), and Sweet ‘N Low (saccharin) may possibly have serious health consequences and may be causing you to gain fat, instead of losing it. There are positive correlations between artificial sweetener use and weight gain, which flies in the face of ‘conventional wisdom’ to cut calories in order to lose weight.
Experts have found that saccharin and aspartame cause greater weight gain than sugar, unrelated to caloric intake. Artificial no- or low-calorie sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbohydrates, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. Real sugar allows your body to accurately determine that it has received enough calories, thereby activating satiety signaling. Without the calories, your appetite is activated by the sweet taste, but as your body keeps waiting for the calories to come, sensations of hunger remain.

Aspartame may also cause weight gain because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame -- are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism. Experts have actually linked increased consumption of artificially sweetened diet soda with obesity. Most diet sodas contain aspartame; a few contain sucralose or other artificial sweeteners, as scientists believe that artificial sweeteners may ‘short-circuit’ the body's natural ability to sense how much it has eaten. They foil the efforts of our body's internal calorie counter, so we eat more without realizing it. Aspartame (NutraSweet) in particular has been linked to tumors! Splenda (sucralose), which originally was marketed as being made from sugar, actually contains added chlorine molecules, which in turn are used to kill micro-organisms in swimming pools! Consuming sucralose-sweetened foods or drinks can reduce some of your good bacteria in your gut (probiotics), which is not a good thing for your digestive system or your immune system! 

At the same time, sugar and corn syrup sweetened foods and drinks are no good for you either!  These can screw up your blood sugar and insulin levels and make you fatter, as well as giving you diabetes risk in the long term. There are natural alternatives such as stevia if you want to save on calories but still go the natural route, as it is a no-calorie, natural sweetener with a sweetness that is 30-45 times greater than that of table sugar. It's been used all over the world for years as a safe, natural no-calorie sweetener. Or, if you need the ‘sweet’ taste, choose raw honey instead of sugar or corn syrup. 

Stay healthy and away from Aritficial Sweetners!

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MANAGE-YOUR-WEIGHT-THE-BOLLYFIT-WAY! By Reema Sarin, Founder 'BOLLYFIT', Dancer, Actor, Model & Choreographer

Love Dancing…Loose Weight Now with Your Moves
When it comes to keeping fit and maintaining weight, we all struggle to keep up with our monotonous workout regimes, right? So, here’s what I personally suggest all the divas(I mean You, yes You) to try this exciting and never boring workout which is beautifully founded, conceptualized, choreographed and designed by  Reema Sarin called ‘BOLLYFIT’.

b) BOLLYFIT Shows  – BOLLYFIT is the first fitness dance program to be taught in nightclubs and discotheques (during the day – non night-club hours), which has been a great hit, as for the first time, a dance fitness workout has moved out from Gyms and Fitness Clubs, to Nightclubs!

What’s BOLLYFIT? How it works when it comes to fitness?
BOLLYFIT is a vigorous dance workout and a fantastic fusion of scintillating and sophisticated Bollywood, Bhangra, Salsa Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Modern dance moves with international Dance Aerobics, Step-Dance Aerobics and Cardio Kick-Boxing moves to your favorite Bollywood, Bhangra and Indipop Remix music at 200 beats per minute (bpms), the fastest in the dance and fitness industry globally! BOLLYFIT is an intense calorie burner and provides a great workout, burning anything from 500 calories upwards! BOLLYFIT is for everyone – men, women, teenagers, and children!
The calorie burning exercises ensure that you get a real workout without feeling the burden of exercise. The vigorous dance moves work out each and every muscle in your body in a very distinct way, giving you a well balanced full body workout, which help you de-stress and unwind as you workout.
This vigorous dance and exercise choreography, is a fusion of scintillating and sophisticated bollywood and fitness dance moves, which are carefully synchronized to popular bollywood music. It’s the only one of its kind fitness dance choreography which gives you the amazing thrill of bollywood dancing along with the fun combination of international dance aerobics and step dance aerobic moves to your favorite fast paced bollywood music!
BOLLYFIT is a high energy dance mix and wants your Workout to party, instead of counting repetitions!Globally a new concept, Reema Sarin has definitely glamorized fitness to make it more fun through BOLLYFIT!
 BOLLFIT is currently the big innovative thing in fitness dancing that is already helping to popularize bollywood and dance aerobic classes, and hence encouraging people to exercise. The moves are easily followed by both men, women, boys and girls, as these are popular bollywood and international dance aerobic moves, making them distinct from all other dance aerobic classes. Moreover, this whole concept have made BOLLYFIT classes fun, different.
You can initiate it by enrolling for a BOLLYFIT class at our various locations, studios and workshops. To do BOLLYFIT one doesn’t need to have any prior fitness training. You just the need the Will and the love for bollywood music. Its best to start with a Basic BOLLYFIT class and then move onto Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Benefits of BOLLYFIT are multiple:
 Today, it is the only one of its kind fitness dance choreography which gives you the amazing thrill of dancing along with the fun combination of bollywood dance and international dance aerobics and step dance aerobic moves to your favorite fast paced bollywood music! So you work out, burn calories and fat, tone and strengthen your muscles without feeling the burden of exercise.
Another USP of the program is that the Warm-Up exercises consist of energetic bollywood dance moves as opposed to the regular aerobic warm-up exercises. The Cool Down routine also consists of bollywood dance moves which relax every part of your body.  So in a regular aerobic class you burn about 200-250 calories, but in a basic BOLLYFIT class you burn anything from 500 – 700 calories upwards.
Bolly fit Dance
Some of the ‘firsts’ and USPs of BOLLYFIT & BOLLYTONING are:
a) BOLLYFIT & BOLLYTONING have been conceptualized and taught by Reema Sarin – hence maintains its exclusivity. Being an Actor, Model and Dancer, the program has a glamour quotient attached to it as well.
Bollyfit Dance
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And where do we go from here? Fitness Dance has certainly come a long way. From being taught to the predetermined aerobic music, to ‘bollywood remixes’ and other popular kinds of music. Today, BOLLYFIT is taught as BOLLYWOOD Rock, Pop and Marathon advanced fitness dance classes’, which are all very addictive, as you just de-stress and unwind as you workout.
Reema Sarin  is also the first celebrity fitness icon to launch her own BOLLYFIT Blog-

Exercise Myths Simplified! By Reema Sarin, Founder 'BOLLYFIT', Actor, Dancer, Model & Choreographer

What kind of exercise -- and how much -- is best when you're trying to lose weight?

The two things that stop people from losing weight with exercise are either lack of motivation or injury!
The truth is that weight loss is about creating a calorie deficit, that is, burning more calories than you take in – Calories in are less than Calories out! . So, always start with something you can do, like walking or working out on an elliptical machine or exercise bike.
If you are not Sweat alot, you're not working hard enough!
Sweating is not necessarily an indicator of intensity or exertion. Infact, Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself.
It's possible to burn a significant number of calories without breaking a sweat: Try taking a walk or doing
some light weight training. 
An Aerobic workout boosts your metabolism for hours after your Workout!
This is true! But the calorie burn is probably not nearly as much as you think!  
While your metabolism will continue to burn at a slightly higher rate after you finish an aerobic workout, the amount is not significant. In fact, it allows you to burn only about 20 extra calories for the day, which is marginal and it doesn't really count towards your overall caloric burn.
Our ‘Take’ on Strength Training
You will always burn more calories with cardio (aerobic) exercise than with strength or resistance training.
Strength training itself will not lead to an appreciable amount of weight loss because it just doesn't burn enough calories. And the theory, that more muscle mass equates to more calories burned, even when you're at rest? It's a myth!
That's not to say that strength training isn't important for the overall health of the body. But when it comes to burning the most calories, go for cardiovascular exercise. Aerobic base-building workouts are the best, where you alternate between moderate and higher intensity, either within the same workout or on alternate days.
Cross-training is highly recommended, that is, doing a range of different activities during your workouts. Not only does this help you keep from your workout getting monotonous, it is better for your body. Doing different activities recruits different muscle groups. You're also less likely to develop an injury, since doing the same thing day after day creates ‘ wear out’ patterns on your joints. 4 Top Picks

Swimming is a great weight loss activity.
While swimming is great for increasing lung capacity, toning muscles, and even helping to burn off excess tension, the surprising truth is that unless you are swimming for hours a day, it may not help you lose much weight.
The buoyancy of the water is supporting your body, so you do not end up working as hard as it would if, say, you were moving on the ground, for e.g. like ‘running’!. 
Also, it is not uncommon to feel ravenous when you come out of the water. So, it may actually cause you to eat more than you normally would, making it harder to follow your diet!
As long as you feel OK when you're working out, you're probably not overdoing it.
One of the biggest mistakes people tend to make when starting or returning to an exercise program is doing too much too soon. Infact, in most cases, you don't really feel the strain until a day or two later!
No matter how good you feel when you return to an activity after an absence, you should never try to achieve how much or how hard you worked in the past.  Even if you don't feel it at the moment, you'll feel it in time, and it could lead to some sort of muscle injury!
Machines are a safer way to Exercise
Although it may seem as if an exercise machine automatically puts your body in the right position and helps you do all the movements correctly, that's only true if the machine is properly adjusted for your weight and height.
However, you can make just as many mistakes in form and function, and have just as high a risk of injury, on a machine as if you work out with free weights or do any other type of non machine workout.
Yoga can help with all sorts of back pain.
The truth is that yoga can help with back pain, but it's not equally good for all types.
If your back pain is muscle-related, then yes, the yoga stretches and some of the positions can definitely help. It can also help build a stronger core, which for many people is the answer to lower back pain.
But if your back problems are related other problems (such as a ruptured disc) yoga is not likely to help. What's more, it could actually irritate the injury and cause you more pain.
If you do have back pain, get your doctor's OK before starting any type of exercise program.
If you are not feeling some pain if you're going to gain any benefits
Of all the fitness rumors ever to have surfaced, experts agree that the ‘no pain-no gain’ holds the most potential for harm. While you should expect to have some degree of soreness a day or two after working out that's very different from feeling pain while you are working out.
A fitness activity should definitely not hurt while you are doing it, and if it does, then either you are doing it wrong, or you already have an injury.

As for ‘working through the pain’ it is advisable that if it hurts, to stop, rest, and see if the pain goes away. If it doesn't go away, or if it begins again or increases after you start to work out, please definitely see a doctor!
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