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Anti-fatigue mats are designed to stop or lessen fatigue caused by prolonged standing on hard surfaces such as cement floors. It is made of a variety of materials such as rubber, carpeting materials, vinyl, and wood.
The movement while being in a sit to stand workstation is crucial for keeping your body healthy. Using a standing desk is helpful in bringing relief from stiff neck and lower back pain due to prolonged sitting. Standing also uses more energy and is a factor of weight loss. An anti-fatigue mat is best paired with a standing desk. This will relieve pressure on your heels, back, legs, and shoulders while providing support to your feet and assist you in standing for a longer period of time.
The users of standing desk agree with the development it brings to health and better work performance. Sounds good, but too much standing can also bring discomfort and even pain to the heel of the feet as well as numbness of legs and varicose veins. Injury acquired from too much standing can be reversed easily with the introduction of anti-fatigue mat. Using an anti-fatigue mat can lessen the risk of feet injury, improve blood circulation, and help relieve pain from muscle stiffness.
It was also one of the many reasons why anti-fatigue matting is commonly used in restaurant kitchens, at cash registers, in factories—anywhere workers are standing for hours at a time. The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety provided the guideline to standing at work. It also provided insights on when and how to use anti-fatigue mats since it is a highly known truth that anti-fatigue mats aid in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal pain and correct posture.
Anti-fatigue mats are designed according to use. Some are designed for use on a concrete factory floor for users who are already wearing appropriate supportive shoes. Others are for household use in the kitchen or in a laundry room. While others are consciously marketed toward a user that has an of standing desk who needs an anti-fatigue mat since they stand up most the time and an anti-fatigue mat absorbs the weight and pressure given the feet.
The product AnthroDesk Anti-Fatigue Comfort Floor Mat receives a fair and honest review from its users, consider the following observations.
“ I do a lot art which means I'm often on my feet while I'm painting and sculpting, and I've been noticing that my feet have been getting sore lately due to all the standing, so I was interested in trying out a few different anti-fatigue mats to try and give my feet a bit of a rest.
“ This glossy black anti-fatigue ergo-foam mat is 30 inches wide by 18 inches deep by roughly 3/8 an inch thick. It has a compressed, foamy feel to it with quite a lot of texture on the top that appears to be mimicking a woven basket-type look. It has a brown underside with a little bit of texture to deter it from sliding around.”
“I did appreciate that rounded corners so if you happen to catch your foot on an edge, you won't be as liable to trip or stumble. Also, the texture on the top of the mat made it so that I was able to wipe away a small spill without much issue, but I'm not sure if it's actually waterproof, as the listing doesn't mention it either way.”
The AnthroDesk Anti-Fatigue Comfort Floor Mat has a solid, high-density ergo-foam core which provides long-lasting support. It features a bevelled edge that reduces the chances of falling accidents or tripping over it. It is easier to wash and clean. It is generally thicker compared to a number of other anti-fatigue mats and comes with a 5-year guarantee. The edges of this mat are designed never to curl and possess the right amount of giving whether standing all day or occasionally switching in between sitting and standing.