Standing—Good And Bad

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Pros:

  • Less forward bending at low back
  • Lots of freedom to move

Cons:

  • Least Stable
  • Most Effort from legs
  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Orthopedic problems
Audio Transcription

Standing has the distinct advantage to bend less at the low back to lean into forward postures, and the pelvis can easily point toward the head.  There is also a lot of freedom to move the body.

Standing is the least stable and least comfortable of the alternative postures, and uses the most effort from the legs to stabilize the body.

There is much more work needed to stand up compared to sitting down, and that greater effort increases the health risks for the cardiovascular system.

Less body support and stability may also worsen prior orthopedic problems in the load-bearing joints of the foot, knee and hip.

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