I am fortunate to have a large kitchen space with no island. However,I am on my feet ALOT between putting all the dishes away, making dinner, cleaning up the counter space & table and taking out food from the fridge & later putting it back after a meal! My legs can become so HEAVY from standing & moving so much.My solution: a chair that can be easily moved[with wheels or lightweight but sturdy] that I can SIT IN when I am peeling the potatoes over the counter or putting the silverware away ...
from the dishwasher. Just SITTING for EVEN A SMALL AMT. OF TIME REDUCES STRESS on my legs and weary body. Now I just have to keep my preschooler from climbing all over it!
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Each day as I am going to and from the bus stop on my power chair, I do several sets of 10 "Seated Leg Extensions" It helps keep my legs stronger for when I am walking. (Unfortunately, a degenerative bone disease in my feet make it impossible for me to walk very far.)
Once they've done their duty as wine-bottle stoppers, corks can come in handy elsewhere in the house. In the kitchen or dinning room, they are a simple solution to an exasperating problem; a wobbly chair. Simply cut a slice of cork horizontally and slip it under the troublesome leg.
Do you just plop yourself down into a chair? Instead of letting gravity do all the work for you, pull in your abs and use your thigh muscles to lower yourself onto the chair or couch. When you get up, try to use your legs instead of pushing with your arms. 9
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