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Why Swimming Is The Best Exercise Ever

Finding the perfect exercise regimen can feel like its own workout. Running might be too uninteresting, Crossfit could be too intimidating, spinning classes may be too loud.

Enter this tried and true workout you may not have considered: swimming.

Sure, the exercise may seem like a hassle. You have to carve out a chunk of time in your day, find a pool and get your hair wet. But the benefits may be more worth it than you realize. Here are a few reasons you should give swimming a shot:

1. Water is calming.

Water has long been a symbol of renewal and clarity — and there’s research to back this up. Studies suggest being around the element has a powerful effect on the brain.

Spending time near water can be similar to meditation, in that it gives the brain a break from the constant overstimulation people often experience in modern life. The best part? You can reap these cognitive benefits by going for a swim and getting some exercise in the process. You could also give floating therapy a try.

2. Swimming is low impact.

Unlike jogging or plyometric training, swimming is a way to fit cardio into your workout routine without putting stress on your bones, joints and muscles. This is a plus for swimmers of all ages and body types, but it’s particularly beneficial for seniors and people with arthritis. It’s one of the best ways to stay active while taking care of all parts of your body.

3. It can bring you closer to nature.

If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean or a lake, opting to swim in a natural body of water could be even better for your health. Studies show that spending time in nature can improve your mental and physical well-being by helping you maintain a healthy weight, reducing stress and boosting your mood.

Plus, becoming a stronger swimmer might open doors to other water-based activities like snorkeling or surfing. A lifelong love of all things aquatic starts with dipping your toes in the shallow end.

4. Swimming builds strength and cardio abilities simultaneously.

Though it’s a low-impact workout, swimming produces high-power results. It is typically considered an aerobic exercise, but exercising in water also provides moderate resistance. This can in turn build strength, Women’s Health reported.

Building and maintaining muscle, especially as you grow older, is essential for a healthy body and a long life. Resistance training also improves balance, sleep and bone health. Talk about a total-body workout.

5. It could help maintain healthy lungs.

Some research suggests there’s a link between swimmers and a better lung capacity.

With healthy lungs, the body can process oxygen more proficiently — this means you won’t feel winded or out of breath as easily. Stronger lungs might also help you ward off illness. A 2007 study found a link between reduced lung capacity and cardiovascular disease.

Essentially, swimming reigns supreme for maintaining a healthy body and mind. So dive on in — the water’s fine.

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/swimming-best-exercise_us_56e76334e4b065e2e3d7188a?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living


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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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