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It is necessary to find an anti-fatigue mat to keep you comfortable while you stand, whether it’s a few hours here and there or all day long.
Standing may help and give relief from the discomfort of too much sitting, but it should be done with caution. If you are not used to it, too much sudden standing can cause sore feet, swelling of the legs, varicose veins, muscles fatigue, low back pain, and neck and shoulder stiffness. This discomfort can be eliminated through proper applications of ergonomic office designs starting with an anti-fatigue mat.
For people that have started using a sit-stand desk to offset the risks of sitting all day, you’ll need an anti-fatigue mat to keep your feet comfortable over the time you spend standing while you work. Choose a mat that will help save your feet over the long run, a mat that is durable, and of high quality.
According to an ergonomist, Christ Adams, an anti-fatigue mat is designed to stand the strain of standing on a hard surface for a long period of time and reduces the fatigue it causes. Walking on a hard surface like concrete, ceramic tile and hardwood can be quite tiring due to the unforgiving nature of the material when your foot makes an impact on it. Standing will create pressure points and reduce circulation in your lower body causing a great deal of fatigue.
A standing desk mat provides a cushion and support between the floor and your feet. It acts as an absorber of impact you created when moving around on it. It also serves as a pressure reliever.
Anti-fatigue mats can be made of materials such as vinyl, rubber, foam, and gel. It can also have different levels of thicknesses, surfaces, and support which allows you to tailor the type of anti-fatigue mat for the specific job you do.
The AnthroDesk Anti-fatigue Mat has some give, but are not too squishy and encourages the user to move more over the course of the day. These mats have a soft but reinforced core which means they are structured enough to stand on for long periods. The mat features a rounded edge that reduces the chances of tripping over it and makes it easier to clean.
The surface is a patchwork design and is about half an inch padding. The material is skid resistant and stays in place. It is perfect to be placed in front of a desk. The mats are also designed so the edges never curl, and has just the right amount of giving whether you stand all day or just occasionally throughout the day.
Why? This a customer's’ review of The AnthroDesk Standing Desk Anti-fatigue Comfort Floor Mat.
“This is a very large comfortable mat that relieves my back pain. I have used it while standing at my desk as well as in the kitchen washing dishes. It provides nice support and a very comfortable cushion for my feet. It helps me stand straight and my legs and feet do not tire as quickly. The material also seems waterproof and the edges are sealed tight so I don't have to worry about it being in the kitchen and getting wet.”