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Are Standing and Sitting Both the New Smoking?

By Donna Stark

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? I know I have … I’ve even written about it recently, and for good reason too. Living a sedentary life or constantly sitting for extended periods of time can certainly wreak havoc on your spine and your overall health and wellness. And although it is usually the evils of sitting that get written about, constantly being on your feet can be equally as bad. Standing for long periods of time can contribute to muscle, back, leg, and foot pain, and can lead to significant health issues such as back injury, coronary heart disease, varicose veins, and muscle damage. So what should you do? You’re either at risk if you sit for work or are equally at risk if you stand.

Is Sitting the New Smoking, and is Standing the New Sitting?

Confusing, isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! Knowing how to take care of yourself no matter what your job is can help you avoid the risk of injury and damage to your body. Here are some tips for those who are on their feet every single day.

  • Intentional movement - To relieve the stress on your back, feet, and legs, it’s important to change positions frequently throughout the day. Sit when the opportunity allows, shift your weight throughout the day, and walk as often as you can.
  • Appropriate footwear - Don’t just choose a pair of shoes … choose an amazing pair of shoes that offer comfort, support, and stability. Look at your shoes as an investment to your health, so take the time and choose wisely. And if you want to keep the shoes you already have, consider using orthotic inserts.
  • Padded mat - Those concrete floors may be cost-effective but certainly not to your health, so do something about it and put a padded mat under your feet. Standing on something that cushions your joints and feet can help protect you from injury and pain.
  • Extra weight - Losing any extra pounds that you may be carrying will help to reduce the pressure on your feet and back. Set a weight loss goal and focus on consuming a healthy diet and exercising regularly to achieve it.
  • Sensible heels - Those really high heels definitely look beautiful and make the outfit, but they are certainly not ideal for standing all day. Wearing them forces your ankles to bend forward, which can cause a series of health problems such as spider veins, muscle spasms, restricted blood circulation, knee discomfort, and low back pain. Try to choose lower heels, wedges, or flats and save the stilettos for parties and special events.

Standing in Good Health

Anyone who is on their feet for extended periods of time knows the toll it can take on the body, but with some simple changes to your workday, it is possible to stand in good health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.

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