What are some tips for adjusting to a new retail job physically?
September 8, 2011 9:34 AM Subscribe
My new retail job is killing me physically. I've been working here for about four weeks, and I thought my body would have begun to adjust to the routine by now, but instead it seems to get worse every shift I work. What are some tips for adjusting?
posted by kittenmarlowe to health & fitness (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
While I'm not in amazing shape, I'm not a couch potato either. I walk a great deal (not having a car or reliable public transit in my area makes walking a lot necessary.) I do yoga, though not as much as I probably ought to. I'm young and don't have arthritis or joint issues that I know of, and I'm not particularly overweight so no extra strain there. I've never had any problems with stamina or walking long distances or anything like that. But apparently just standing behind a counter for eight hours is beyond me. I make it through my shift, but afterwards I can barely walk. I have problems for days afterward when I'm not working, and sometimes have trouble sleeping because of pains throughout my legs.
Obviously I'm doing something wrong. I wear arch-supports, but I'm looking into buying better shoes--I've read up on old ask-mes on that, but recommendations are welcome there (currently wearing tennis shoes as the best of some bad options). Are there particular exercises I ought to be doing? Something different I ought to be doing while I'm working to reduce strain? I try to walk around a bit when possible, and do stretches on my legs every now and again--recommendations on particular things I can do while working (preferably without looking ridiculous) also welcome. I apparently put all of my weight on my heels; does that affect things, and how can I work on adjusting my balance if so?
Any other recommendations welcome, including "suck it up and deal with it" if you give me some sort of time frame for adjusting.