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JUSTEATREALFOOD's Photo JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 3,125
7/15/19 11:35 A

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I stand and walk a lot at my jobs. Proper shoes and anti fatigue mats are huge. I like to wear Birkenstock’s (they make non slip shoes) and Blundstone boots are my favourites.

I walk and sometimes stretch on my break when possible.

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7/15/19 9:54 A

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I have had jobs with a lot of standing. Two things have helped. When I can, I do lifts on the balls of my feet. You see a lot of police do this as well. I also do a couple gentle yoga stretches : sun salutation parts done in a not to obtrusive way (looking like I'm checking out the cabinet in front of me after stretching up above my head beforehand....)

It really helps to do yoga stretches for 20-30 minutes in the morning before work.It strengthens your muscles.

I second the good shoes. Add gel inserts--they do wonders for crappy shoes, too.

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Edited by: MRSLIVINGWELL at: 7/15/2019 (09:55)
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6/27/19 2:07 P

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I've worked as a barista, too!

This WILL get better as your body adjusts.

Things that help:
1. Good shoes - shoes that are designed for running, especially trail running, provided me with the best support.

2. Anti-fatigue mats if you're going to be standing in one spot for a long time. They make a SERIOUS difference in how you feel at the end of your shift. If your cafe doesn't already have them, ask your store manager. It's pretty typical to place them in front of the espresso machine, the cash register, and the drive-thru window if your cafe has one. We also had one in the back in front of the sink.

3. On your days off, get moving! Go for a long (2+ mile) walk, then spend some time stretching afterwards. This helped my muscles loosen up.

4. Before bed routine: hot bath, plus ibuprofen/tylenol cocktail (600-800mg of ibuprofen combined with 1 tylenol tablet). Taking the two together does more than either separately, and the anti-inflammatory effects of the ibuprofen really helped me with any residual muscle issues the bath didn't handle.

Things that didn't help:
1. Laying around the house all day like a slug on my days off - just made me more sore!

2. Thinking I could get away with wearing regular flats to work.

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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6/22/19 6:35 P

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Have you started yourself out with a morning stretching/flexibility/light strength training workout? Getting your body "prepped" before your shift can make a difference. After your shift, try something more relaxing like Tai Chi or yoga for a change from the standing!

You might also consider getting a pair of the knee hi compression hose (light or medium weight) or at the very least the heavy weight panty hose.... Keeping the blood from pooling in your ankles can make a difference in how you feel, as well as prevent varicose veins. I'd also suggest using your breaks to actually walk briskly for 10 minutes.

I worked for many years in a hospital lab...on concrete floors...and standing far more than sitting, so I can appreciate somewhat how you are feeling. I used to even notice the difference when I was off for 2 weeks vacation and came back to it!!
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6/21/19 3:22 P

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I have worked retail type jobs, including as a barista. Are you wearing quality shoes? That makes a HUGE difference.

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6/21/19 12:39 P

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Hello all!

I recently transitioned from a professional career, in which the last 15 years have been sitting, to a barista job, where I spend 6-8 hours a day on my feet. Needless to say, with the professional job and family duties absorbing most of my life, the transition has been...intense.

I find myself weary, tired, exhausted, etc. at the end of a day. More interesting, I find myself in the position of having muscle....not really aches or pains...just a feeling like I want to stretch ALL THE TIME...and despite stretching, not really feeling like I have done so. This is true even on my days off.

Anyone experienced this? Any ideas as to cause, other than muscles waking up? Thanks!

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