Standing work and tired legs, what to do?
If your legs get tired from standing work, don't give up right away and go back to sitting. Read how you can make standing work more pleasant and increase its benefits.
From sitting work to standing work and back again – did this happen to you too?
Too much sitting is not good, and that is why many health-conscious people have already switched to doing at least part of their work in a standing position. The disadvantages of sitting work are already quite well known: the consequences can be, for example, neck and shoulder problems, stiffness in the hip area, and excess pounds caused by a decrease in energy consumption.
However, getting used to standing work can be challenging, even if the motivation to learn a new work position is good. If you are not used to standing, the position may feel heavy at first and your legs will get tired from static standing and supporting the weight of your entire body. You may not really know how you should position your feet to get a comfortable standing position.
When all your attention goes to thinking about your feet and posture, it is naturally very difficult to concentrate on work. In the end, you may go back to sitting work and think that standing work just isn't made for you. After all, you have tried it, and then you can continue sitting with a clear conscience.
However, you shouldn't draw such a direct conclusion, because a static standing position on a hard surface is rarely suitable for anyone as a long-term working position. Now we'll tell you why.
Standing work is also harmful if it is static
On a flat, inflexible surface, your standing position is usually very passive, and that’s why your metabolism does not work at its best. Constant pressure on the knees and hips causes your joints to be deprived of lubrication, nutrients and oxygen. They can gradually become painful and eventually be exposed to, for example, arthritis.
Just like sitting, standing still causes the fluid circulation to slow down in the legs. You can feel that your calves are swelling, your shoes are squeezing and your socks are leaving indentations on your skin. You probably feel like putting your feet up, but how would that be possible in the middle of the workday? In the worst case, the weakening of fluid circulation can cause varicose veins, which are not a nice reward for bravely performed standing work.
A static standing position is supported by the soles of the feet, which also have to work hard. Even in good shoes, the soles of your feet get tired if they don't get movement. The muscles start to ache and strain. When tired muscles can't maintain a good foot position, the consequences can be felt in all the joints of the foot from the ankle to the hip.
As standing work tires your legs, you may need to shift your weight to the other leg only. This is heavy and tiring on the joints, because they have to bear twice as much weight as usual.
The activation board solves the challenges of standing work
So now we know that both sitting work and static standing work can lead to unpleasant consequences. However, the options do not end there: the third and most recommended working position is dynamic standing.
Dynamic standing refers to standing where the legs are moved and activated while standing. It has been scientifically proven to combat the health risks caused by sitting even when standing is just a break from sitting.
Dynamic standing is easiest to do with an aid. The Gymba activation board is designed specifically for this purpose: it easily increases leg muscle activity, boosts metabolism and blood circulation, and prevents joint and back pain.
The standing position on the activation board is always active, even if the user is not actively moving. The weight is evenly distributed on both legs, the whole body can move naturally and the posture automatically stays good.
Not only does the Gymba board swing from side to side, it is also flexible in the crosswise direction. This allows you to move your legs as if you were walking. You can decide yourself how actively you want to move on the board – in any case, it activates the muscles of your body in a variety of ways.
There are little bumps on the surface of the Gymba board, that invigorate feet's blood circulation and stimulate the nerves. There are also two massage balls integrated with the Gymba board that you can use to nurse your tired feet. According to studies massaging feet has numerous health benefits. It calms the central nervous system and therefore calms the body and decreases stress.
If your legs are burdened by standing work, save them by trying the Gymba activation board!