Muscle fatigue, back pain, and leg swelling. All these conditions can arise from or get aggravated by standing for extended periods. Sure, it’s not healthy to sit in one place for long hours, but neither is standing.
In fact, in some cases, the effects of prolonged standing can actually be worse! Retail assistants, waitresses, and cabin crew are at a greater risk of developing conditions that arise from standing for long hours.
Why Does This Happen?
Well, we have manmade surfaces and changing lifestyles to thank for this. Tile, wood, and concrete flooring generally place excessive pressure on the feet as well as the body. In other words, there is more stress on your feet when standing on manmade surfaces.
This added stress can not only cause cramps and pain in the legs, but also affect shins, calves, knees, thighs, hips, and the lower back. In the long term, you may be at risk of health conditions such as arthritis, chronic back pain, and high blood pressure to list a few.
According to a study on 26 adults that simulated work conditions, muscle fatigue was high following five hours of standing with a lunch break of half hour and regular five-minute breaks. That said the fatigue subdued following 30 minutes of rest after work.
Existing Health Conditions Impact
In some cases, prevalent health conditions such as coronary heart disease and varicose veins can worsen with prolonged standing. In addition, women who have contracted arthritis or varicose veins during pregnancy, or have suffered from lower limb injury are also at greater risk.
If you have a flatfoot posture, standing for long hours can lead to various foot as well as body conditions. This is because a person with a flatfoot is already experiencing more stress on the bottom of their feet, and standing for long hours is only going to make the pain worse.
Here are three ways to help you reduce the long-term risks of prolonged standing:
In addition to these tips, you can use foot insoles to support your feet in the correct position. Foot insoles from MASS4D® can help improve foot posture and reduce stress on your feet by restoring the arch and providing adequate cushioning at the same time.
MASS4D® insoles are designed for help in pain management and increase comfort level when you are engaging in work that requires you to stand for many hours.
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Pilates refers to a series of exercises that target the core – the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, and so on. The movements involved in pilates also help to improve flexibility and posture while promoting core stability.