Why should I use a standing desk mat with my sit-stand desk?
We are all becoming increasingly aware of the detrimental effect that sitting for long periods of time can have on our health. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to health conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal problems. Sit-stand desks are a perfect solution for combatting this problem in the workplace, allowing us to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. But, what’s the healthiest way to stand?
Offices often have hard floors or very thin carpet tiles. Standing on this type of floor for long periods can cause tiredness and discomfort as well as damage to lower joints including the knees, ankles and hips, inflammation in the feet and legs, and muscular fatigue¹. There is a very simple and cost-effective solution to this problem: a standing desk anti-fatigue mat.
What is a standing desk mat?
A standing desk mat is a small, lightweight anti-fatigue mat that is easy to lift up and move so that you can use it to stand at your desk but also move it out of the way when you want to sit instead. It will be made of a pliant, shock-absorbent material to provide relief while standing. It will also have bevelled edges to prevent trip hazards.
How does an anti-fatigue mat work?
Anti-fatigue mats encourage micro-movements that allow the muscles to contract and expand as they adjust to the flexibility of the mat and work to keep balance. These small movements are enough to significantly improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart and evenly distribute pressure throughout the lower limbs. This reduces the strain on muscles and joints and helps alleviate any associated pain.
What are the health benefits of anti-fatigue matting?
- Stimulates blood circulation.
- Improves posture.
- Reduces stiffness in joints by encouraging minor but regular shifts in standing position.
- Reduces pressure on the spine and back muscles, resulting in less lower back pain.
- Reduces the energy used by supporting muscles, relieving muscle fatigue.
- Relieves tension in the shoulders and neck, thereby reducing the likelihood of headaches.
- Relieves foot pressure.
- Provides insulation against cold floors, which further fatigue the body.
A standing desk mat is an essential part of an ergonomic workstation. It is a small investment that makes a big difference to your health and productivity. Don’t forget that increased comfort makes it easier to concentrate for longer periods of time so that you can focus on your work not your body.
AJ Products is an Active Working™ partner and works together with the Get Britain Standing campaign to educate businesses on the importance of a more active workplace and encourage people to get up on their feet.
¹ Safe Workers (2018) Standing for Long Periods [online] http://www.safeworkers.co.uk/standing-for-long-periods.html [accessed May 2018]
- For prolonged standing
- Suits any dry environment
- Relieves the back, legs and feet
- Ergonomic and anti-fatigue
- Non-slip and durable
- Easy care
- Electrically height adjustable
- Straight desktop
- Work height: 700-1170 mm