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do you ever feel stressed out or have body aches while on the clock for a security position

i know that most security jobs work about 8-12 hrs a day, i was wondering if standing for that long takes a toll on your body/ overal health ?

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Kim’s Answer

Joshua,

You will learn to adjust to being on your feet all day, your body will adapt, just as if you were a nurse, etc.

Proper footwear is essential. It should be one of your top priorities on how you spend your money. You want shoes with good support and cushioning that are as lightweight as possible. It's worth it to get your feet checked at a running shoe store to identify any pronation problems and what type of footwear is best for you. And then shop around for better prices. Also try to go lightweight in whatever gear you carry, to the extent possible.

We try not to stand still. Standing still is hard on the body, but, you can periodically shift your weight from one foot to the other. Walking is better. You will find opportunities to do some simple stretches, both upper and lower body. Stretching helps a lot. There are lots of resources on stretching, but none that I have found compare to this one https://stretching.com/ Of course, don't do anything that would require you to put yourself in a vulnerable position. I would sometimes do a few stretches in the restroom!

Also remember to stay hydrated, and watch the caffeine.

Keep in mind not all security positions require constant standing/walking. There are gate guards at exclusive residential area that often get to sit down, and also armored car jobs!

If you have physical health conditions that led to this question, I recommend you discuss with a physician. Otherwise, once you adjust, you will be fine! (and you can also always ask senior coworkers how they do things!)
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Jaden’s Answer

Hey Joshua!

I actually had a full time security position at an Art Museum for a few months. Since I worked fulltime as a Gallery Guard, I was required to stand for long periods of times ranging from 8 to 12 hours a day.

Now you can imagine that being a little stressful or even tasking on the body, of course. However, I found my stress to be at a minimum since the role itself gave me a lot of time to be introspective and to think about my life overall. I found this to be beneficial in a way that this position allowed me a lot mental clarity. Although, you aren't doing to much talking or conversing with those around you, I found that being able to just observe those around me without much hassle, allowed for a quite mind and a still body.

When it comes to. the physical aspects of the position, I will say that the first two weeks were more trying than the rest of my time there. While working there, my staff essentially refered to that as the adjustment period. If you aren't someone who is used to standing for prolonged periods. of time, it may be more apparent during those first two weeks. The good news is, it passes by quicker than you think, and it also happened to actually improve my joints and figure, in terms of strengthening my overall leg muscles. As someone who has a bit. of an issue with knee pain, I suprisingly saw a fair amount of improvement when bending down to reach things.The not so good news is, that overall your feet may have a little more tension at the end of the shift.

Its recommended. that you where comfy shoes. A good pair can go a long way. Sadly for me personally, my shoes were so light that it didn't feel like I was wearing any. Ironically, I don't think those type are a good fit for standing.

Other than that, standing for a security position isn't bad at all. I find it to be extremely easy work, for what its worth.
I really hope this helped and just remember to really enjoy those lunch breaks!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Joshua, thank you for your question. To answer your question, standing on your feet for long periods of time came cause undue stress on your body and it can also bring on other ailments you may not know about. I would like to add that you're less likely to have any back pain or issues with your feet if you're in good shape. Best of luck
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Gabriel’s Answer

Sorry to ask a dumb question...but is standing a job requirement? All of our security personnel are allowed to sit on a high stool, if not a proper chair...
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