Below are six essentials for women who spend a huge amount of their day upright-- hopefully you will find something that helps you get through the day still feeling your best!
#1 - Supplement magnesium
Magnesium is a vital nutrient, but it’s one that many of us are missing. It’s thought that at least half of the population do not ingest enough magnesium to sustain good health, and this is particularly worrying if you spend all day on your feet.
Magnesium is a muscle nutrient. Aches and pains in your calves from being upright can be alleviated by sufficient magnesium intake, especially if you’re already running low on the nutrient. Magnesium supplementation should be introduced gently due to its potential to cause nausea, so start at the lowest recommended dose and build up from there. There are a variety of magnesium supplementation methods to try, so take your pick from:
It’s also worth noting that a magnesium spray can easily replace your deodorant-- the odor control is second to none, and you’ll be guaranteeing yourself an extra magnesium boost every day.
You should find that with an increased level of magnesium in your body, you’ll experience fewer aches and pains when you’re upright all day. You may also experience better sleep and general health-- magnesium really is the mineral that offers a myriad of benefits!
#2 - Focus on your clothing
The more you are upright, the more your body is going to need to work and -- inevitably -- sweat. To ensure you stay comfortable, you need to focus on the clothing you choose for a heavy day.
If you do find that you’re uncomfortable after a long day, you can use a body moisturizer or oil to help soothe your skin. If you experience issues with chafing, then you may want to try powders that are designed to ease the problem-- they won’t be the most glamorous cosmetic products you own, but they will make you feel more comfortable!
#3 - Footwear
Your choice of footwear is vital if you’re going to be on your feet all day long. Shoes should be comfortable, flexible, and durable. Materials such as leather tend to fit these criteria the best, as they will shape to fit your foot and should hopefully last for a long time. Leather can be expensive, but it’s usually a better long-term financial option than having to continually buy new pairs of footwear made of synthetic materials.
You may find that a low heel is more comfortable than a flat sole, too; the extra arch support can hugely increase comfort levels. Ideally, the heel should be a block heel or platform rather than a stiletto, as this helps to support the entire foot as you go about your day. Again, shoes that fit this description may not be the most flattering you own, but they are going to ensure you still feel good after a 12 -hour shift.
When you have new shoes, they are likely going to fail one of the above essential criteria: they won’t be flexible. Luckily, you can “break in” your shoes relatively simply if you follow the steps in the video below:
Even when you have the right shoes that have been successfully broken in, you should always seek to add an insole to any shoes you wear. Insoles might seem like flimsy material that can’t be of much benefit, but you’ll be surprised at just how much of a difference they can make.
#4 - Momentary rest
Wherever possible during your day, take two minutes to help re-energize how your legs and feet are feeling. Take a few moments to yourself and stand upright, with one hand on the wall for support. You should then:
#5 - Tiger balm
Tiger balm is an essential health supply for any woman who spends large swathes of her time on her feet. The balm contains a blend of essential oils that help to interrupt pain signals being sent to your brain, so you remain comfortable. Tiger balm should be applied directly to the skin where you are experiencing discomfort; the soles of your feet and back of your calves are likely suspects when you’re upright all day.
You can buy Tiger balm online and in some chemists, or you can try making your own. It can be more expensive upfront to assemble all the essential oils you might need for the DIY method, but when you have them, you’ll save a fortune on future batches. This video helpfully shows you how to make your own:
Just remember to very carefully wash your hands after applying (and making!) Tiger balm, as the essential oils it contains can be potent and may even sting if they come into contact with broken skin. Due to this, Tiger balm is best applied to areas that will be covered by clothing, such as your calves.
There’s no doubt that a working day spent on your feet will take its toll on you physically, perhaps even to the point it impairs your ability to do your job. The tips above should help return some comfort to your working life, as well as helping to improve your health in general. Give them a try and see just how much of a difference they can make to you.