In recent times, all we’ve heard is that sitting all day is no good for you. But guess what: Being on your feet all day isn’t great for your health either.
While standing might help you burn a few more calories, it’s also hard on your health, causing lower back pain. It can also cause varicose veins, researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Health found.
So if you are one of the million people who stands almost all through the day, you should try these yoga routines to reverse the effect on your health.
You’ll need: A scarf or a belt, a hard pillow, or blanket (optional, for poses that may require extra support), and a yoga mat.
Grab a chair or the end of your sofa and lie on your back. Scoot forward until your butt hits the front of your chair or couch, and then swing your legs up so that they’re resting on the chair at a 90-degree angle. Tie a scarf or a belt around your thighs and hold for 15 to 20 minutes. “This pose realigns the hips and spine from excessive standing,” Carnero says. “This is my go-to when I feel a lot of lower-back pain.”
RECLINED HAND-TO-FOOT POSE
This one stretches out your hamstrings, which can get tight from standing all day. Lie on your back and bring your right knee to your chest while keeping your left leg bent on the ground. Press the sole of your right foot into your belt and lengthen your leg up to the ceiling as straight as you can go. Hold for nine breaths before switching legs and repeating on the other side.
Lie on your back with bent knees. Raise your right leg up (keep your toes flexed) and place your left ankle on your right thigh (you’ll look kind of like a backward “4” shape). Place your belt around the sole of your right foot and lengthen up to the ceiling as straight as you can go, making sure to keep your left knee and hip open. Hold for 12 breaths before switching to the other side.