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    Standing desk question

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    I have converted to a standing desk that I am using probably 3 or 4 hours a day, and I have found since I have started that I am getting hip pain. Nothing acute, just a general achiness, which I am attributing to the standing rather than sitting for that period of time. Has anyone else found anything similar, and if so, how long was the adjustment, and what did you do to work through it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKC View Post
    Hi Everyone

    I have converted to a standing desk that I am using probably 3 or 4 hours a day, and I have found since I have started that I am getting hip pain. Nothing acute, just a general achiness, which I am attributing to the standing rather than sitting for that period of time. Has anyone else found anything similar, and if so, how long was the adjustment, and what did you do to work through it?

    Thanks in advance!
    When I started using a standing desk, I found it useful to stand in the yoga position Tadasana (Mountain Pose). It's used in yoga as a starting position for standing poses, in between standing poses, or by itself to improve posture.

    I found that by standing in Tadasana (at first I had to think about doing it, and concentrate; after a couple of days, it was natural) I could be at my desk all day, and at the end of the day, feel good.

    If you're not familiar with yoga at all, just google "tadasana" and you'll find how to do it - there's nothing exotic, strange, or esoteric about it.

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    Interesting position. I haven't done yoga so I am unfamiliar with it, but after getting used to it, it feels comfortable. I think it will require quite a bit of practice to do it properly and to build "muscle memory" around doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKC View Post
    Interesting position. I haven't done yoga so I am unfamiliar with it, but after getting used to it, it feels comfortable. I think it will require quite a bit of practice to do it properly and to build "muscle memory" around doing it.

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    You're welcome - hope it helps. That "muscle memory" you speak of, from this pose, wll do amazing things for you in places you've never dreamed of - or at least that's been my experience!

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    I had the same thing happen when I switched to a standing desk. I try not to lock my knees and stay in one spot too long, which means I fidget constantly but no more hip pain. I also do squats and other leg exercises while waiting for things to load or while reading a long piece.

    Gonna give the yoga pose a try too, thanks Liza for sharing!
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    Over time, I've found myself frequently doing simple balance poses, shifting weight to one leg and the like.

    Very slow walking in place, in good posture, can feel good; I also sometimes stood on a balance board/wobble board while I was getting used to using the standing desk.

    Overall, I think my key to comfort with standing has been the "muscle memory," as JKC called it above, of good posture and balance.

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    Get a little foot-stool and take turns putting one foot up on it and then the other.

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