1. Make sure you have the right shoes.
If you ever wear heels while teaching, stop right now. Being on your feet all day, you should be wearing shoes that give adequate support, cushioning and flexibility. You can find a number of flat-styled shoes these days with this description, or you can always opt for a stylish pair of sneakers – even if you are wearing more formal attire. Another option is using cushioning insoles in your shoes make them more comfortable.
2. Move around regularly.
If you’re not moving around enough during the day, your circulation can suffer. You also run the risk of vein problems if you’re standing up all day. Moving around more will help get the blood circulating, so walk around children’s desks while they are doing their work or during class discussions as much as you can.
3. Take (well deserved) breaks.
While sitting down for long periods of time is not good for your circulation, standing up for long periods is just as bad. Try to take a moment to sit down at regular intervals throughout the day to take the pressure off your legs. This could mean sitting down for a coffee on your break or joining the kids on the mat for story time.
4. Take the long route when walking somewhere.
If you don’t have a chance to move around much in the classroom, you’ll need to try to get some more movement in throughout the day to get the blood pumping. If you walk between classrooms and the teachers’ lounge, or even from the carpark, allow yourself a few extra minutes to take a longer route. You can also take the stairs rather than the elevator.
5. Do regular small exercises.
Another way to combat not being able to move around much, is doing some small exercises throughout the day. This could include doing some knee bends, ankle rotations, leg shakes and even a few jumps up and down. Now you may look silly doing this by yourself, so why not get the children involved too! You can make this a part of your routine a few times each day. The kids will love getting out of their seats and will have no idea that it’s actually for your benefit!
6. Wear compression socks.
Wearing compression socks that are designed for people who are on their feet all day is a great way of mending your leg health. Not only do they help with your circulation, but you’ll notice how much more comfortable they make your feet and legs feel.
Interested in trying some compression socks for work?
At TXG Socks, we manufacture compression socks for all sorts of people, including teachers. We’ll be happy to talk you through our range, so feel free to contact us and speak to one of our expert team members.
Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.