The popularity of a standing desk is on the rise, as our society becomes increasingly health conscious. While a standing desk is certainly better than sitting all day at work, it can also come with its own set of physical concerns.
Pain in the feet, legs, hips and back are most common and can all develop from standing for extended periods of time. This can be quite frustrating for someone who may be trying to lead a healthier lifestyle by making changes in their daily habits.
So, what can be done to help remedy or even prevent this troublesome pain??
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Place a comfortable padded mat on the floor.
- When standing, shift positions to prevent putting too much pressure on any one spot of your body.
- Use a small step stool or small box as a footrest to alternate resting each of your legs while standing on the other leg.
- Use a standing desk that can bear your weight so you can lean/rest your elbows on the desk to give your lower half a rest.
- Alternate sitting and standing.
- Go for walks during the day if you can or at least during your lunch break.
- Rest with your legs elevated at the end of the day.
- Exercise regularly.
- If overweight, weight-loss is suggested to prevent exerting too much weight/pressure on the lower extremities.
Do you stand at work? What are some of the things you do to prevent pain?