If you stand all day every day in your job, you will inevitably develop stiffness. These techniques will help correct some of the problems that excessive time in an immobile position may cause.
The first technique focuses on your hips. If you do not take breaks from standing with other activities such as walking, your hips will spend too much time in one position. Perform a split squat stretch to mobilize your hips and reduce some of your low back pain:
- Take a long step forward with one foot.
- Drop your back knee to the ground. If you need help balancing, use a chair for support.
- Push your hips as far forward as you can so you feel a stretch. Keep your posture tall.
The second technique will help relieve tension in your calves and hamstrings, as well as some of the pressure in your SI joint:
- Find a flat platform, preferably a chair.
- Raise your leg and place it on the platform. Find a height where you start to feel a stretch in your hamstring.
- Lean forward slightly and make ankle circles. This will help with the proprioception in your feet.
Standing may be part of your job, but being in pain doesn’t have to be. Follow these exercises to undo the damage of excessive standing and keep yourself ready to work day in and day out.