You may think that standing for 3 or 4 extra hours a day would lead to lower back problems, sore feet and tiredness. But in a study at an estate agents, they found workers who stood at desks designed to be used when standing, found none of these expected symptoms to be a problem. The study compared blood glucose levels from a day of standing with a day of sitting and found the levels returned to normal more quickly after eating when standing. And it was no surprise to find more calories were used on the standing day.
In my role as a teacher of The Alexander Technique, I often work with people who say they suffer from long hours of standing during their work. However, this isn't due to the act of standing, it's because of poor standing postural habits. Check the common standing postures in the photo below.
Whereas the poised stance on the right (C) needs much less effort than the other two. The head is sitting nicely positioned on the top of the spine and helps to balance the body with minimal muscular effort. And because most of the work is done by your postural muscles, they rely more on oxygen for energy, this means you can do this for hours on end without experiencing the usual aches and pains many suffer when sitting or standing badly.
So why not try standing for part of your day if you have a sedate job. Standing when making phone calls is an easy one to start with and could easily add up to one hour in a single day.
Posted by Roy, our Alexander Technique Teacher – for more information please click here.