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If you’re like many people, you may once have been active. Then perhaps a new job, a child, or a busy routine got you away from your active lifestyle.

It’s easy to fall out of your exercise routine, but when you’re ready to start up again, there are a few steps you’ll want to take to ensure your best shot at success.

The first step is to get the all-clear from a physician, says athletic trainer Jason Cruickshank, ATC, CSCS.

“We always recommend checking with either your primary care physician, or a physician who’s monitoring you, to make sure that your cardiovascular levels are okay; blood panels are okay, and once you’re certified as healthy, we can start into some training,” Mr. Cruickshank says.

Why it’s best to start slow and build gradually

Anyone who is getting back into exercising after taking time off — whether they were an athlete before or not — needs to take it slow, he says.

Trying to lift too much weight, or forcing your body into a stretch or into a range of motion that it’s not ready for yet can result in micro trauma to the muscles, Mr Cruickshank says.

This can make you very uncomfortable in the days after the workout or open the door to a muscular injury. It is best to start at a low level to build endurance and to retrain your muscles.

How stretching improves your performance

It’s also important to practice proper stretching, Mr. Cruickshank says.

One way to start is with static stretching, which involves holding a pose in place, and then working up to more dynamic stretching like lunges or side steps to get the blood moving.

Dynamic stretching is the best way to increase performance and also decrease injury risk with sport activity and weight training, Mr. Cruickshank says.

Build muscle memory, too

But before starting any intense exercising, it’s important to remember that doing too much too soon also can slow down your progress in the long run.

“You don’t want to just rush in to the gym and say, ‘OK, I’m going to go over to the bench press now and I’m going to do a set of three reps at as high a weight as I can lift,’” Mr. Cruickshank says. “You’re not going to recruit the muscles that you want and you’re not going to have the neurological changes that you need to make that exercise more beneficial down the road.”

The same rules apply for an athlete who is trying a new sport for the first time, Mr. Cruickshank says.

“If an athlete excels in one sport, it doesn’t mean his or her muscle memory will carry over to different activities, so it takes time to develop that performance level in a different sport,” he says.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2018/02/how-to-get-back-to-exercising-after-a-long-break/

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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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