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Walking can do wonders for your body and soul. It’s a miracle drug of sorts – an accessible, affordable, and effective treatment for countless ailments. Here are some excellent reasons that will hopefully encourage you to get out there, start moving, and get healthier.

1. Walking makes you happier.

Moving around outdoors can lift one’s mood quickly. Walking has been found to combat symptoms of depression as effectively as medication. Researchers at Duke University found that “a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around the track three times a week may be just as effective in relieving the symptoms of major depression as the standard treatment of anti-depressant medications.”

2. Walking reduces stress.

People who walk are less stressed, as the act of moving around pushes the stress hormone cortisol through the body, stemming the flow of worries. A study of 18,000 commuters in Britain found that people who walk or bike to work experience lower stress levels than those who drive to work.

3. Walking clears your brain.

Say goodbye to “fuzzy brain,” “brain drain,” “brain fatigue.” Getting outside for a walk will clear your mind and rest it. This is especially true while walking in a rural area or green space, rather than on city streets, where you must remain vigilant at all times. Wandering through a green space allows for reflection and relaxation.

4. Walking induces creativity.

By clearing away any residual fuzziness in the brain, your mind will be open for creativity. Get those creative juices flowing by walking, particularly in a green space. Reader’s Digest reports: “A recent study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience found that walking improved both convergent and divergent thinking, the two types associated with enhanced creativity.”

5. Walking makes your bones stronger.

Strengthen your bones through regular exercise now in order to avoid fractures, osteoporosis, and spine shrinkage down the road. Bone density is built through exercise, including walking, and people who do it have healthier, stronger bones than people who don’t, according to this study from Oxford University.

6. Walking improves concentration.

A study from the University of East Anglia found that people who walk (or bike) to work reported better concentration upon arrival at their jobs. The same has been found for kids who walk to school. A UK Department for Transport survey discovered that 9 out of ten teachers said their students are much more ready to learn if they’ve walked to school.

7. Walking is free.

Forget expensive gym memberships and the gas burned to get you there. Walking doesn’t cost you anything and will provide great exercise for your body. At the same time, you can save money by maintaining good health habits. The Harvard Business Review estimates that for every dollar spent on preventative health, including time spent walking, you’ll save $2.71 in health costs down the road. All the more reason to get it for free.

8. Walking builds relationships.

Get outside with your friends and family and create opportunities for conversation by leaving personal devices behind. A friend told me that being active with her teenage son, while not having to make eye contact, made it comfortable for them to talk about all sorts of tough subjects. Walking enables you to interact with neighbors and your neighborhood in general, which creates a sense of belonging and a better understanding of geography than if you drive around in a vehicle. In the words of urban affairs journalist Christopher Hume, “Walking is a reflection of how we feel about the environment in which we live.”

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-reasons-why-you-should-go-on-a-walk.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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