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When we think about activities that boost our health and wellness, many of us immediately think of traditional exercise, like jogging or biking.

However, for those who aren’t exercise-inclined — or for those who want a change of pace — there’s another healthy alternative: Gardening. Gardening regularly is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, not to mention the environment (if you practice sustainable gardening).

Here are the four main reasons why gardening is so good for you:


Though it’s important not to get sunburned, time in the sun is good for humans. Exposure to moderate amounts of sunlight helps the body create vitamin D. Unfortunately, as humans have moved indoors, their levels of vitamin D have declined. Some researchers have even theorized that vitamin D deficiency could be a global public health problem.

Wear a hat, loose but covering clothing, and some shades to protect yourself from the sun. Do your gardening outside of peak sunlight hours (between 10 and 2) to get some fresh air and vitamin D without the sunburn.


“Flow” is the state where we’re fully immersed in the activity we’re doing, and it’s extremely good for our health. Many people experience flow when gardening and tend to lose track of time because they are so focused on the task at hand.


In addition to the de-stressing associated with flow, gardening also offers a calming effect thanks to the presence of nature. Simply being in nature is known to reduce stress levels, as does coming into contact with plants and the earth.


Finally, all the sitting, standing, kneeling, bending over, scraping, digging and shoveling required for gardening can give you quite the workout! These types of movements offer a moderate level of aerobic exercise that, over the course of a few hours, can provide a major calorie burn.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-gardening-benefits-your-health.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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