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Exercise can do a body good, but it can also be a chore. Workouts can get boring, daily commitments can shift and the stresses associated with exercise sometimes seem like they outweigh the benefits. New research tells us, however, that working out as a group can improve quality of life way more than working out solo. That’s right—group classes can not only get your blood pumping, but can reduce stress and make you happier day to day.

Researchers from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine published a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association which detailed their findings. They followed a group of medical students (you know, people who generally have super-low stress levels, right?) who either entered in to a solo 12-week exercise program or one that would allow them to work out as a group, for the same duration of time. A control group did not participate in any structured exercise.

What they discovered was that those who did group exercise reported improvement in three different quality of life measurements: mental, physical and emotional. They also reported an 26.2 percent overall reduction in stress. Alternatively, those who worked out alone didn’t have increases in these measures, except for a modest increase in mental quality of life. The control group also experienced no significant increases in these scales.

“The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone,” lead researcher Dayna Yorks, DO told Science Daily. “The findings support the concept of a mental, physical and emotional approach to health that is necessary for student doctors and physicians.”

These findings could most certainly be useful for improving the daily lives of busy students (especially medical students), as they essentially serve as a call to action for programs to encourage or provide group exercise opportunities to keep students away from burnout. The implications could also reach into other professions and settings—just about anyone could potentially feel a boost in their quality of life and a drop in stress levels by exercising with other people.

If you are looking to begin a new fitness regimen, take a look into local exercise classes. Dance studios, yoga studios, CrossFit boxes, boot camps, hiking groups and local YMCA programs are great places to start. Bring a friend with you or plan on making a few new ones while you’re there. Any way you choose to do it, the potential benefits of group exercise are worth giving it a try.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/group-workouts-mean-a-better-quality-of-life.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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