I got back to the gym today after skipping much of last week

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I got back to the gym today after skipping much of last week after hurting my back (occupational hazards of a desk job). Feel pretty good now. We did arms. Out of curiosity I tested my BG and ketones after my workout. BG was 116 and ketones 2.6. This was at least 2 hours after eating anything. My normal BG is about 80. Curious to test more often. Also, anyone use yoga as a way to help strengthen and stretch the back? I don’t know a ton about yoga but I’m assuming it would be good for that. How many days a week would you recommend to see some benefit? And any particular style that’s better or worse for back issues?

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I just started beginners’ yoga once a week and cannot believe the difference it has made for me – I’m a runner and was looking for something to do on my rest day and this has been great!

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Did reformer Pilates for a few years and it was UNREAL for core strength-definitely worked all supporting muscles, which ultimately help with your back. I went about 3 times a week. I absolutely loved it.

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Pilates is the excellent for the back. Most yoga poses are also.

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Pilates as the others have said will help strengthen the core which will support your back. But definitely incorporate yoga or look up a Les Mills Body Balance class (which I love). It will improve your flexibility and strength (both vitally important as we age). My Balance teacher was the one who told me to add it saying it was the only type of training I wasn’t doing (stretching and bending) and to incorporate it as it enhances everything else. Boy was she right. I added it in about 4 years ago and now I’m incredibly flexible and rarely suffer injuries xx.

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I’ve been doing hot yoga 1-3 times for the past year. When I started I had been seeing a massage therapist for a year about a shoulder issue and had daily lower back pain. Within three months both of those issues cleared up!

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