5 Myths About Standing All Day You Probably Still Believe

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You’ve probably heard a lot of things about standing all day. Maybe you’ve been told that it’s bad for your posture, or that it will give you varicose veins. But the truth is, standing all day isn’t as bad as you might think. There are some benefits to standing that you might not know about.

Do you have a job that requires you to stand all day? If so, you may be concerned about the health risks associated with this type of work. You may have heard that standing all day is terrible for your back, hips, and knees. But is this true? Or are there benefits to standing all day that we haven’t considered? 

In this article, we will dispel five of those myths and give you the truth about standing all day.

Myths About Standing All Day and the Truth Behind Them

You’ve probably heard a lot of things about standing all day. Maybe you’ve been told that it’s bad for your posture, or that it will give you varicose veins. But the truth is, standing all day isn’t as bad as you might think. There are some benefits to standing that you might not know about. 

Here are five myths about standing all day, and the truth behind them:

Myth #1: Standing and working all day is tough on the body.

The human body is designed to stand upright, and standing for long periods has some health benefits. Standing all day can improve your posture, increase your calorie burn, and even help to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. Standing all day does not have to be tough on your body if you take the proper precautions. Wearing comfortable shoes and using a standing desk mat can help to keep you comfortable while you work. And, make sure to take breaks often so that you can give your feet a rest.

Myth #2: Standing isn’t the same as movement.

This is probably the most common myth about standing. And it’s understandable why people believe it. After all, when you’re standing, you’re not moving around like you are when you’re walking or running. But just because you’re not moving doesn’t mean your body isn’t working. 

Standing requires more work from your muscles than sitting does. Your muscles have to work to keep you upright against gravity when you stand. They also have to adjust constantly too small changes in your balance. This constant muscle activity helps to keep your blood flowing and your metabolism going. So don’t be fooled into thinking that standing is a lazy way to spend your day. Your body is working pretty hard when you’re standing.

Myth #3:  If you stand and work, you’ll feel more tired.

The truth is, if you’re used to sitting all day, standing up for even just a few hours can feel tiring. But that doesn’t mean it is. One study found that after two weeks of standing, participants reported feeling less tired at the end of the workday. So if you’re feeling a little exhausted after your first day of standing, don’t worry, it’s normal. Just give it some time and your body will adjust.

Myth #4: You shouldn’t stand all day if you have back pain.

If you have back pain, standing all day is probably the last thing you want to do. But surprisingly, standing can help alleviate back pain. A study published found that participants who stood for six hours had less low back pain than those who sat for six hours. So if you have back pain and are looking for ways to ease it, don’t write off standing just yet. Of course, if standing causes you pain, listen to your body and take a break as needed. But for many people with back pain, standing can be helpful.

Myth #5: Being on your feet is distracting.

The fifth and final myth we’ll debunk is the idea that being on your feet all day is distracting. Standing might feel like it requires more effort than sitting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t focus while doing it. Standing can help you stay more alert and engaged in what you’re doing. So if you find yourself getting fidgety or easily distracted when sitting, try standing instead. You might be surprised at how much better you’re able to concentrate.

We hope this article has helped to clear up five of the common myths about standing all day. Standing is a great way to stay active, improve your posture, and boost your energy level throughout the day. If you’re still not convinced and would like to learn more or try out a standing desk for yourself, call us today. Our team of experts can help you find the perfect solution for your work environment and give you tips on how to make the switch to a healthy, productive standing routine.

Remember, The 3 Arches of Your Feet Still Need Support!

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