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When you’re experiencing back pain, you might be tempted to crawl under the covers and hide from the rest of the world. But, in many situations, walking, swimming, biking and other forms of exercise can actually help reduce back pain.
Of course, we recommend that you consult your family physician or one of our back pain doctors in Glen Rock or nearby to make sure it would be safe and beneficial for you to engage in exercise. Our specialists at the Kayal Pain & Spine Center will review your medical history, perform a thorough examination and provide you with a quick and accurate diagnosis of your back pain.
If you get the all clear to exercise, we highly recommend that, as the weather warms up, you take advantage of some of these popular spots in New Jersey where you can exercise while soaking in some of the beauty that the Garden State has to offer.
The Raptor Trust, Millington (Long Hill Township), Morris County
Travel along this rehabilitation center’s marked trails to marvel at roughly 50 species of raptors and birds of prey housed in large outdoor aviaries. The Raptor Trust provides free medical care to thousands of orphaned or injured birds every year and is currently home to two bald eagles, a snowy owl, great horned owls, barred owls, a Cooper’s hawk, red-tailed hawks, ravens and turkey vultures. Admission is free, but the Raptor Trust asks visitors to consider a $2 per person donation.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Harding Township, Morris County
This refuge was established in 1960 and is overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It includes nearly 7,800 acres and is an important resting and feeding area for more than 240 species of birds. Every Thursday in March, the refuge hosts a 2.5-mile walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes, Bergen County
Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to hike the walking trails and enjoy bird-watching in this 14-acre sanctuary run by the New Jersey Audubon Society. Part of the society’s mission is to foster environmental awareness and an interest in wildlife conservation among New Jerseyans.
Paterson Great Falls Historical National Park, Paterson, Passaic County
This park, run by the National Park Service, is home to one of the nation’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Great Falls is 77 feet high and its power was harnessed and used to fuel new industries during the American Industrial Revolution.
Pochuck Boardwalk, Glenwood, Sussex County
When most people think of boardwalks, they think about the Jersey Shore. But this 1-mile boardwalk (2 miles out and back) is located along the Appalachian Trail. It’s a hiking route that boasts spectacular views and a beautiful bridge crossing.
Rutgers Gardens, North Brunswick, Middlesex County
Stroll through gardens filled with rhododendrons, azaleas, bamboo forests and more at this 180-acre botanical garden that is part of Rutgers University. It has one of the largest collections of American hollies in the U.S. It is open 365 days a week and admission is free.
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, Essex County
This garden is home to more than 1,500 varieties of iris as well as trees, shrubs and a bee sanctuary. It is another great place to get your miles in. It is open daily from dawn to dusk during bloom season. There is no admission fee but donations are welcome.
The team at Kayal Pain & Spine Center encourages you to explore these places and others as you walk, run and bike your way to good health. However, if you do need a spine doctor in Glen Rock or nearby, we have the skilled, experienced specialists who will provide you with exceptional care. To schedule an appointment, call 844.777.0910 or contact us on the web.