There’s a current trend with standing tables. Most often people lock their knees back while standing. Individuals have fainted from prolonged knee-locking while standing.
An anemic or hypotensive (low blood pressure) individual are at risk of “orthostatic hypotension”. Some call it dizzy spells, orthostasis, postural, headrush or lightheadedness. Basically, what happens is that blood pools downwards down to your feet and not to enough to the brain (cerebral perfusion) when there’s a change in body position. Usually, it may take about a minute for the blood pressure to equalize.
Four movements that relieve standing over long periods include:
- Gentle weight shifting. This means bearing weight to your right and left side in a slight sway to either side.
- Peddle in place. This is one I like to do the most because it almost feels like I am marching and I actually feel a bit more relaxed as I work. Simply alternating legs with knee flexing and lifting your heels.
- Hip circles. It’s harder to keep this one subtle so keep your circles small. I try to imagine I am controlling an imaginary hoola-hoop in slow motion.
- Modified plié. Angle your feet in a V shape, pointing your right toes to 2 O’clock and left toes to 10 o’clock and simply do mini squats. You can even squeeze your glutes for some extra stability and toning (wink).
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