Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Long day in the kitchen? 5 ways to ease the long standing hours


With the biggest cooking day of the year looming, I always recommend using an anti-fatigue mat on your kitchen floor to ease those long hours standing.

What else can you do to make sure your feet and back don’t suffer while you’re slaving over turkey dinner?
  1. Wear shoes. Comfortable shoes. I know you’re likely rolling that pie crust in the comfort of your own kitchen. But barefoot standing is hard on your feet. Pull out your most comfortable, supportive shoes and save the heels for the after party.
  2. Invest in an anti-fatigue or “cushion” mat. Your legs and back will thank you. As will the poor guy stuck at the sink washing dishes afterward.
  3. Take regular breaks to sit down and rest your legs. Stretch. Sample the stuffing.
  4. Shift your weight from one foot to the other periodically. Consider using a small stool or fat phone book to help you vary your standing position.
  5. When it’s all over, let the tryptophan do it’s magic. Elevate your legs and put your feet up on the couch.  

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