Standing desk anti fatigue mats: Why they're good for you
One of the most common comments that we hear back from our customers (besides how much they love our products, of course), is how much they love our standing desk anti-fatigue mats.
"it made the transition SOOO much easier"
"I never realized how much better my feet feel at the end of the day"
"I can stand the WHOLE day now!"
We've had a lot of great feedback. We're ecstatic about the feedback, especially because it's backed by strong evidence and science (and we love our science!).
We know standing is good for you and has a host of health benefits, but as we know, it has its own stressors if you overdo it. Especially if you are in uncomfortable shoes, or if you are standing on a hard tile/concrete/hardwood surface for long periods. So how do you keep the benefits of standing, while mitigating the stress? Why standing desk mats!
What is a standing mat, exactly?
Well, standing desk mats, or "comfort mats", or "anti-fatigue" mats are cushioned mats with a foam cell core. There is some material (think of a wooly bath mat) and rubber (think rubber garage mechanic mats) mats out there, but standing mats like ours are specially designed to promote blood flow and prevent fatigue while at your adjustable sit-stand desk. They are the perfect density and firmness to allow your feet to sink in a little bit, but not too much (you don't want to feel the firmness of the floor while standing on them).
They are sized to work while standing up, or to slide under your desk while sitting down. Especially if you are not used to extensive standing, they are a great idea to help you transition into a healthier 'stander' mode with minimal impact. You probably won't need the standing desk mat as much after using your standing desk for 6 months, but customers still continue to use and love them!
How do they work?
Standing desk mats work by promoting blood flow to your feet, and allowing easier blood from to and from the heart. The mats induce small micro-movements of the muscles in your feet and legs (since they have more give and are not completely resistant like a hard floor), which pulls in blood and promotes circulation.
The fresh blood actually prevents fatigue from setting in, prevents varicose veins, and the circulation increases the amount of oxygen reaching the heart and helps the entire body. The small micro-movements also transfer up the whole body and help reduce stress on the legs, knees, hips, back and neck (yes, the foot bone connects to the leg bone, connects to the...)
You don't need to take the word of our customers, though, a study conducted recently at the Center of Ergonomics at the University of Michigan by Ergonomist Mark Redfern. The study concluded that different standing surfaces can have dramatic effects on physical fatigue.
The best thing to standing on? An anti-fatigue mat like our standing desk mat. Energy and comfort were improved by 50% in those who used the mats. There is a reason that Occupational Health and Safety boards like CCOHS and OSHA recommend anti-fatigue mats.
The right comfort mat can go a long way in improving your standing desk experience, and your health, even more.
Stand straight, stand tall, and stand on a mat!