I've been working my a$$ off the last six weeks and I've been totally neglecting my own health practice to turn around two big projects by September--my next book Move Your DNA and a multi-media project I'm doing with Mark Sisson: the most comprehensive guide to make your workspace better for your body.
The at-home workstation discussion. (When I say it's the "most comprehensive" guide ever, I mean it. This guide covers not only "the office" but ALL the places you get work done, and how you are doing it.)
(It looks like I'm not talking much, but REST ASSURED I yap plenty throughout the video portion of the guide.)
Like many of you, I use the computer for most of my work. I used to be all-sitting, and then I went to mostly standing, but, as many of you can attest to, standing ALL DAY can jack up the body as well.
A similarly experienced by the writer of the article Sitting Is Bad for You. So I Stopped. For a Whole Month, standing all day wreaks some havoc on my lower legs. In fact, lower leg injury--specifically to the veins in the lower leg--is one of the reasons many workers transitioned to chairs in the first place. As I've explained on this blog as well as in depth in both projects mentioned above, standing all day is not the solution to the sitting problem. The solution is creating a dynamic workstation. Actually, the solution is QUIT WORKING SO MUCH, but since that's going to take a more in-depth action plan, we'll go with "create a dynamic workstation" for now.
While you're waiting for more info to come out, I'll let you in on one of my coping-with-so-much-in-place-standing solutions: mobilizing the tissues of my lower leg.
Many of you are working on the Calf Stretch on the dome and the soleus stretch (Calf stretch w/knee bent). But when most dorsiflex (where the foot moves closer to the shin, decreasing the angle between the two), the thigh rotates inward, which means the motion at the ankle isn't really dorsiflexion at all, but super-loaded schmear.
What is schmear? Watch this video:
To increase the impact of your Calf and Soleus stretch, make sure you're not schmearing your ankle during those moves.
Check out this video I shot in class over the weekend. It's a little advanced (this was a class for our program graduates, not laymen) but everyone should be able to glean something from it to improve the loads to the lower leg.
And, yes, you should load the calves WHILE STANDING at your desk, which is what ties this whole blog post together.