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Have you noticed it’s easier to work out when you’re listening to your favorite tunes? It turns out, music really may provide that extra oomph that makes you feel like you can exercise longer. A recent study found that music can boost treadmill stress test times as well.

Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, encourages patients to add music to their exercise routines. It can make the physical exertion easier and also may improve your performance on stress tests, he says.

“Music is an amazing thing. It’s truly a universal language. Everyone has different tastes, but music appeals to everyone,” he says. “The type of music you listen to during exercise doesn’t matter. Just pick something that makes you happy and motivated and distracts you so you can work out longer.”

Dr. Ahmed answers questions about why music may benefit those taking stress tests as well as why it has such a big impact on exercise.

Q: Why is it important to have a good time on stress tests?

A: How long you can exercise on a treadmill is one of the most important indicators of your long-term health. It’s a predictor of whether you’ll survive the next 10 years. Being able to exercise longer can increase your longevity by as much as 20 percent.

Q: Does music affect your stress test performance?

A: Yes. Studies show that if you listen to music on a treadmill during a stress test, you can extend your exercise time by as much as six minutes.

Q: Why do you think music helps increase exercise time?

A: Listening to music while you exercise actually creates competition for your brain’s attention. Instead of focusing on how tired you are, how hard it is for you to breathe or how fast your heart is beating, you’re concentrating on other things.

Music also changes your perception of how hard you’re working. With your favorite songs playing, you feel like you’ve exerted yourself less and can tolerate more physical activity.

Q: What other benefits does exercising with music offer?

A: You might start to see the most positive impact of exercising with music within two months. Many people report a noticeable difference in how long they are able to work out.

After three months, some people report less depressive feelings and less discomfort from other ailments. Overall, incorporating music into your exercise routine is a great way to improve your mental well-being.

Q: Can you listen to music during an actual stress test?

A: You can’t wear earbuds while you’re on the treadmill during a stress test because you need to hear your doctor’s instructions and communicate clearly. However, you can ask if the exercise lab can play music in the background to keep you motivated.

You may already know that you prefer to work out with music. But ask about adding music the next time you take a stress test. You may surprise yourself (and your doctor) with how much it boosts your treadmill time.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-music-helps-you-get-the-most-from-exercise-and-stress-tests/

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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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