Tips For People Who Stand All Day
Bodyguards, retail workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals that stand for a significant part of the day can attest to the type of stress that is involved with their job. Spending a lot of time on your feet can take a massive toll on your body. The numbing ache that you’ll do just about anything to stop, then you get to go home and be subjected to that tender, sore feeling in your legs.
Still, you can’t quit your job. So, you just have to work yourself through the pain and scream at yourself when you get home. The problem here is that this lifestyle will eventually catch up with you.
If you want to ensure that things become a little bit bearable, you can look into implementing any of these suggestions:
1. Incorporate Yoga Poses Into Your Daily Routine
By regularly practicing yoga, you can go a long way in developing and actually maintaining a proper posture. Yoga is extremely helpful in strengthening all the muscles in your body and keeping them loose.
If you don’t do any yoga, you should consider trying it out. However, if you are a yogi, then you can ask your instructor to help you make adjustments to your overall posture that will easily apply to your posture eventually.
Some specific yoga poses that can loosen your muscles and help you recover from foot pains include Downward Facing Dog, Runner’s Stretch, Bound Angle Pose, and Hero’s Pose.
2. Change Your Posture Regularly
Of all the tips on this list, this would have to be the most obvious. A lot of people stand so much and end up looking for exercises to complement their posture. Sadly, these same people don’t pay enough attention to the way they stand daily.
If you get stuck on your feet every day, then you need to activate your glutes and engage your anterior core more. By doing so, you can move from an uncomfortable position to a flexible and proper position.
Another benefit to switching posture from time to time is that while you will end up feeling some discomfort with your new posture, you can easily revert to the original one when the pain sets in. Switch to and from the first stance from time to time, and you should be fine.
However, you should also take note that these adjustments need to be done consciously. In other words, ensure that you are consistent with the changes you’re making. With time, you’ll find yourself switching subconsciously when you feel some discomfort.
3. Constantly Engage In Full Exhalations
The external obliques and rectus abdominis are two important muscles when it comes to breathing. Also, the two off them tilt the pelvis. So, when you learn to exhale more fully, the pelvis makes a posterior tilt, which drags the ribs lower and takes off some of the tightness that you might be experiencing in your back.
During inhalation, the stomach pushes out against the quads and sees to it that you don’t breathe into any of the additional respiratory muscles. Then, we try to eliminate all of the air as we exhale.
4. Never Wear Flip Flops
Flip flops are the most popular footwear in the world, but they are actually terrible for your body.
Apart from being generally flimsy, flip flops are flat, and they tend to provide absolutely no support for your feet. Thanks to this lack of support, your feet tend to feel a lot of pain that’s why your feet end up aching you all day when you visit a park in flops.
The consistent lack of support will end up causing inflammation of the plantar fascia, and it could go on to produce a condition known as plantar fasciitis. If this is left unaddressed over time, it will cause a lot of pain and cause your arch to flatten out.
In addition to this lack of support, flops force you to work extra hard to keep them on your feet. Of course, the feet pick up all of the work, and this could lead to toe scrunching.
So, if you’re going to be standing all day, make sure that you pick sandals or shoes that provide enough support and which fit you properly. Your toes should be able to stay flat, without any one of them overlapping.
5. Try Stretching Out
Stretching is one of the best ways to keep your muscles limber. If you’re standing at a counter or a desk for hours on end, then you can do some standing stretches. Reach down, touch your toes, and count to ten. This will help you to exercise your hamstring.
Also, you can just stretch your thighs by pulling one leg behind you at a time. If you can, remove your shoes and have your toes stretched out as well. Just make sure that your shoes don’t smell and draw too much-unwanted attention to yourself. All in all, ensure that your muscles don’t get numb. That’s the entire point.