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5 Low-Intensity Workouts To Keep You Healthy and Stress-Free

In case you haven’t heard, everybody is obsessed with self-care. And actually, there’s pretty good reason to be. According to Stress.org, 44 percent of Americans report feeling more stressed now than they did five years ago, and 1 in 5 Americans suffer from “extreme stress.”

It’s really no surprise that this is happening. Digital advances keep us more connected to work than ever before, and simultaneously, more and more of us spend our days sitting in offices. Unfortunately, this combination can be lethal (just Google “is sitting the new smoking?” and you’ll see what I mean).

One of the best ways to practice self-care is to get relaxing exercise. Also known as active recovery, these kinds of exercises are gentle enough to encourage slow breathing and mindfulness, yet they still do the job of getting your blood circulating and your heart rate slightly elevated. Give these five low-intensity exercises a try for 20 minutes a day and see if you don’t feel a little less stressed.

Foam Rolling

One of the latest active recovery trends to sweep the nation, foam rolling has some pretty surprising benefits. By rolling your muscles over a foam cylinder, you’re essentially giving them a massage. This physical sensation can not only relax you, it can stimulate your lymphatic system and help enhance the health of your fascia, the fibrous tissue connecting your muscles and organs.

Yin Yoga

Are you familiar with the concept of yin and yang? It essentially represents balance. While traditional yoga styles like Ashtanga or vinyasa yoga can really work up a sweat, yin yoga is all about relaxing. This style of yoga has participants rest in poses for two to three minutes or more, all while encouraging closed eyes and breathing deeply. The result is a deeply relaxing experience.

Tai Chi

Tai chi has been around for a long time, and there’s a reason so many people—particularly seniors—swear by it. Tai chi allows for slow and controlled bodily movement, resulting in a clear head and strong body.

Walking

The least trendy item on our list, good old-fashioned walking, is not to be overlooked! When you feel stressed, take a gentle stroll around your neighborhood. To enhance the mind-body benefits of walking, do your best to pay attention to your surroundings and practice mindfulness.

Light Weight Lifting

Weight lifting should be an absolute must on your to-do list. Especially if you’re over 50. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, making it imperative to build strength as often as possible. Simply sitting comfortably in your living room lifting light weights can help stimulate blood flow, build muscle mass and keep you feeling health and balanced.

 SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-low-intensity-workouts-to-keep-you-healthy-and-stress-free.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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