Most general chiropractors will tell you how bad it is to sit in a chair all day at work, so more and more people are investing in standing desks to improve their posture and reduce the risk of back problems.
However, your chiropractor will also tell you that standing the wrong way is just as bad as sitting the wrong way – in fact, prolonged standing can place excess strain on the back, legs, and feet. Here are just a few ways using an anti-fatigue mat is going to help.
Anti-fatigue mats provide a cushioned surface on which you can stand while working. One of the main benefits is that pressure is spread out evenly along your feet, ensuring firm and distributed support that helps prevent any problems further up your body. Part of the pressure is removed entirely due to the softer surface, so your legs and back don't even need to work as hard to keep your body stable. You'll stand straighter, keep your posture, and any pressure will be absorbed properly by the legs and spine.
Improves Blood Flow
Standing rather than sitting already helps improve blood flow across the body, but you won't be enjoying the full benefit if you don't use an anti-fatigue mat. Firstly, standing on a hard surface means that blood cannot flow effectively to the soles of your feet, which clearly isn't good for your base. An anti-fatigue mat will mitigate this problem. Additionally, the reduced pressure and strain across your body will relax the muscles and veins, allowing blood to flow more easily to the supporting muscles in your legs and back.
Reduces Energy Expenditure
One of the things people tend to like about standing instead of sitting is feeling healthier. However, you can have too much of a good thing. Yes, your muscles will feel firmer and you'll burn more calories if you stand instead of sit while working, but that can become problematic as your energy levels fall lower and lower. When you're burning too much energy, you're more likely to slump and ruin your posture. When you those supportive muscles in your back and legs are kept too tight, you might just end up needing to book an appointment with your chiropractor.
A further benefit of the anti-fatigue mat is that it serves as an additional insulating layer between your feet and the floor. If you work in an office or home office without carpeting, the coolness of the floor can quickly spread up to your feet. This isn't good for your circulation and makes the muscles stiffens up, so cold feet are a no-no. Use an anti-fatigue mat to correct the problem and keep your feet feeling warm.