Standing while you work has been shown to benefit your health in many ways, however, prolonged standing on a flat, hard surface can have serious side effects.
Just 90 minutes of standing on a concrete floor was found to cause “serious discomfort to the feet, legs and back” as well as “stiffness to the neck and shoulders”.1 When you stand still for a long time, your leg muscles become static and constricted, limiting blood flow to your legs and causing fatigue.2 Fatigue, in turn, leads to pain and a loss in productivity. That’s the last thing you want no matter if you’re working in the kitchen, by a standing desk in the office or on the factory floor.
Anti-fatigue mats get their name because of how they combat the effects of static standing. When you stand on an anti-fatigue mat, your leg muscles make constant imperceptible movements to counteract the instability of the cushioned mat, maintaining blood flow throughout your body.
Though the muscle movement might be subtle, the results are not: Anti-fatigue mats have been shown to “reduce the level of fatigue and discomfort by as much as 50%”.1
That said, most experts agree it’s best to change postures regularly while working, finding a healthy balance between standing, sitting and moving around. The best Anti-Fatigue Mat accommodates various stances, movement and the switch between sitting and standing positions. The Teeter Anti-Fatigue Mat is perfectly sized (19.5″ x 15″) to pair with the Teeter Sit-Stand Desk to ease the transition between postures, with a 3/4″ foam surface that relieves pressure on the heels, back, legs, and shoulders. And with its waterproof surface and anti-slip grooves, you’ll remain comfortable and happy – even if you spill some coffee now and then.