Ergonomics at work

Working standing up, what advantages and risks does it represent?

Trabajar de pie, ¿qué ventajas y riesgos representa?

Working on your feet can be both exhausting and beneficial for your health. In this modern era, many jobs require you to get up from your seat and stand for long periods of time. Although it may be uncomfortable at first, working standing has its risks and benefits. So, if you are one of those who spend much of the day in an upright position, it is important that you know how this can affect you.

The risks of working standing

Let's start talking about the risks. Prolonged standing can put extra pressure on your legs and feet, which can lead to pain, swelling, and even the development of varicose veins. Additionally, when standing, your spine also endures more stress, which can trigger back problems such as lower back pain and muscle tension.

Working standing can also increase the risk of developing circulatory problems, since the upright position hinders venous return and adequate blood circulation. This can lead to tired legs, cramps and edema.

Benefits of working standing

However, not all bad news. Working standing has important benefits for your health. For example, when standing, you are constantly moving, which involves greater caloric expenditure compared to sitting. This can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent problems related to a sedentary lifestyle.

In addition, working standing strengthens the leg muscles and improves body posture. By maintaining an upright and aligned posture, you are exercising your abdominal and back muscles, which in the long term can prevent spinal problems and improve your balance.

Working standing can also improve blood circulation in your legs, as when you are moving, the muscles in your legs contract and relax, helping to push blood back towards the heart. This reduces the risk of developing circulatory problems, such as varicose veins.

Tips for working standing

To minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of working standing, it is important that you take some measures. Firstly, make sure you have comfortable, suitable footwear that provides support and cushioning for your feet. It is also recommended that you vary your posture as much as possible, alternating between standing, sitting and walking. This will allow your legs to rest and avoid constant tension.

Additionally, you can do specific stretching and strengthening exercises for your legs and back during breaks. These exercises will help you maintain flexibility and relieve accumulated tension.

Also remember to maintain good hydration and eat a balanced diet. These habits contribute to good circulation and keep your body in optimal condition.

Guillem Hernández

CEO Eleva

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