Most people think that the work of a chef is easy, but it’s not.
While it’s true that I enjoy every minute cooking and preparing foods, oftentimes the work requires standing for long hours. After a full day, I can feel my achy feet and stiff leg muscles, as if they want to give up.
I have long accepted this physical challenge as part of my career, so I see to it that I wear shoe brands and styles that are good for standing all day. Before I buy new working shoes, I read a lot of reviews about different shoes. Lately, I’ve been reading this review site (click this link) and have found very interesting tips on how to choose the right shoes for stand-up workers. I’ve learned that wearing appropriate shoes can greatly minimize the ills of long hours of standing.
Apart from using the right shoes, I also see to it that I do simple exercises while cooking to keep blood flowing through my lower extremities. Here let me share with you some more exercises and tips to avoid achy feet after a day at work.
- Keep your legs moving
Perform dynamic leg exercises to prevent your leg muscles and joints from stiffening. Some exercises you can perform while working on your yummy recipes include alternating knee flexion, figure-8 hip rotation, and kicking an imaginary ball. These exercises flex the legs at a particular joint or group of joints thus promoting blood circulation.
- Perform stretching exercises
Static stretches can be performed while waiting for your recipes to get cooked. When done correctly, these exercises can relieve muscle tension and ensure blood circulation. Calf stretch and hamstring stretch are static stretching exercises that are good for your lower extremities.
- Avoid constricting clothing for your lower extremities
You don’t need to be stylish while at the kitchen, right? Chef uniforms are comfortable and allow you to move around freely. Tight pants or leggings can hinder proper flow of blood through the lower extremities. Some benefit from wearing elastic stockings or socks which presses the leg muscles and blood vessels thus preventing varicose veins.
- Take brief breaks from standing
Prolonged standing can cause your blood vessels to swell, which can eventually lead to varicose veins. You can avoid this problem by sitting down every now and then. It would help to have a chair nearby where you can sit while waiting for your recipe to get cooked.
- Engage in physical exercises on your free time
A good 30-minute walk or jog can help strengthen your leg muscles. You can also go biking, swimming and other similarly active sports. A friend of mine (who is also a chef) recently joined a parkour club. It’s a highly active sport that I know can benefit the lower extremities. I’m actually planning to join too and have started reading articles about parkour shoes.
Obviously, wearing the right shoes plays the biggest part in ensuring comfort for your feet while working. The next time you change your shoes make sure to pick an appropriate shoe style and design for the nature of your work.