On Your Feet All Day?
Today’s question comes from Jennifer from our membership community.
Stay tuned all the way to the end and I will tell you where you can go to get even more tips on how to relieve pain from standing all day.
Hi Melissa, I was just wondering if you had suggestions for a yoga practice for the days where we are on our feet all day; where you’re back is tightened up and muscles are sore from walking and standing too much. Not all days are like this, but there are times I’ve had to be on my feet almost all day. I’m wanting something in the evening to help relieve some of the pain and soreness. Just plopping on the couch seems to be counterproductive because when–and if– I get up, the stiffness sets in. Please let me know what you’d suggest for some other poses, or practices, or foods even!
Thank you so much,
This is such a great question. Many people work on their feet all day and stand up desks are becoming more commonplace. Standing for long periods of time can cause fatigue, swelling in your legs and ankles. You can also experience pain and discomfort in your feet, shins, calves, knees, thighs, hips and lower back. People who stand all day experience muscle soreness and fatigue, varicose veins, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, knee and hip arthritis, neck and shoulder stiffness, swollen and painful feet and legs, knee problems, tendonitis, joint damage, and poor circulation and swelling in their legs and feet.
In fact, one of our most watched blog posts is for people who stand all day:
In the previous blog post, I talked about 3 things you can do at work to help prevent this pain and discomfort and in this blog post I will give you 3 yoga poses you can do when you get home to recover from standing all day.
Knees to Chest Pose with foot circles (great for joint mobility hip, ankle, knee and low back)
(I will link to a longer class in our membership community with our soft foam roller and soft squash ball that gets into connective tissue practices and brain yoga to go further with this one)
Keyhole with foot massage (great for feet, hips and low back)
Legs up the Wall (great for swollen ankles, varicose veins and to bring blood flow back to the heart, great for fatigue too)
I will link below to our value added content in our membership community for yoga classes that will specifically support the legs and feet of people who stand all day.
And then I would recommend the 4 Week Connective Tissue Plan in this Playlist:
The knee to chest pose class in the Postures and Pranayama section would be amazing too.
The 4-week connective tissue plan playlist and the posture and pranayama knee to chest pose class contain the leading edge research and props with the soft foam roller, squash ball and slo mo ball as well as brain yoga sequences to get you the fastest results in the shortest amount of time.
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