Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Several health studies published this past June found a significant connection between the amount of time you spend sitting and an increased risk for developing multiple types of cancers, including colon cancer. This is just another reason sitting for too long is unhealthy, on top of increased risks for diabetes, obesity, and circulatory issues. Sitting at a desk all day is bad for your lower limbs, more specifically. Some simple exercises at work, though, could help offset the negative effects.
Sitting for too long restricts blood flow, which can cause your feet and ankles to swell as fluid pools in those areas. It could even cause clots to develop, which could lead to a variety of other lower limb problems, or even a heart attack or stroke. Moving around, on the other hand, gets your muscles working and your circulation flowing. Try these movements while you’re on the job:
Toe Taps: While sitting, rapidly tap your toes, lifting just your forefoot and leaving your heels on the floor. Then reverse—leave your toes on the ground and tap your heels.
Leg Extensions: While sitting, keep your legs at a 90 degree angle. Straighten one leg out in front of you and hold it there for a few seconds, then switch legs and repeat several times.
Ankle Circles: With your legs out in front of you, rotate your feet in a circle at the ankle. Do this for 30 seconds, then rotate in the other direction.
Stand and March: Stand in front of your desk and march in place for at least a minute.
These are simple actions, but moving your feet and legs around can make a big difference for your lower limb comfort and overall health. Don’t underestimate the value of doing some simple exercises at work. If you’re struggling with lower limb pain, or aren’t sure how to do basic foot exercises, contact Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC to make an appointment. Call (504) 708-4810 to reach our Metairie, LA, office.