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We all want to be fitter, right? Whether you are trying to lose weight or just feel stronger and more confident, fitness is part of being a modern human. But what type of exercise is best for you? Cardio? Strength training? Gentle? Intense? How about the type that slows cellular aging?

Recent research has shown that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may actually reduce and reverse longterm damage done to mitochondria—the powerhouse of the cell. In their research, according to biopsied muscle cells, thrice-weekly interval training actually activated and changed more genes than strength training or moderate cardio, leading to the conclusion that “HIIT improves age-related decline in muscle mitochondria”.

In the study, HIIT gene activation was widespread among the young and fit as well as the older and less physically active. In fact, among older participants the effect was surprisingly stronger; a whopping 400 genes activated and worked differently after interval training compared to 33 genes for weight lifters and a mere 19 genes for moderate exercisers. These genes are thought to affect cellular energy expenditure, specifically the functioning of the mitochondria. Those who practiced HIIT had increased numbers and health in their mitochondria, which, long term, can actually slow cellular aging.

It is not so much that HIIT will make you an ageless wonder, but the exercise practice likely corrects accelerated aging. There are so many reasons our cellular aging could be accelerated: environmental toxins, poor diet, inactivity, stress, et cetera. HIIT may undo a lot of that damage and keep your muscle cells energized and working as they should be.

Not entirely sure what HIIT is? High intensity interval training involves doing a particular exercise at 100 percent effort for short bursts of time (30 seconds-3 minutes), usually with 30 second rest periods in between. Generally, workouts range between 10-30 minutes. HIIT workouts, although short, are significantly more intense than regular exercise and cause a chain of molecular responses that lead to dramatically increased fitness gains. An added bonus: HIIT is a highly effective form of exercise for fat loss, too. Crossfit is a particularly popular form of high intensity interval workouts, but it is also easy to create your own workout routine to practice at home, depending on what you prefer.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Everyone can benefit from a reasonable amount of exercise. While there is no fountain of youth, interval training may help you age more slowly, more healthfully and more gracefully.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/this-type-of-exercise-can-actually-slow-aging.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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