Standing Desk Mats are designed to provide a comfortable and ergonomic surface for people who use Standing Desks. Standing at work has become increasingly popular in recent years as more research reveals the health benefits of standing compared to sitting all day, especially in offices.
However, standing still for too long can also be hard on the feet and legs if you don't have a comfortable surface to stand on. That's where Standing Desk Mats come in. Standing desk mats provide a comfortable, anti-fatigue surface to stand on, and they help to improve circulation and reduce stress on the feet, legs, and back. The specially designed anti-fatigue mats for desks are made from durable materials such as polyurethane or rubber, and they can last for years with proper care. If you use a standing desk regularly, a standing desk mat is an investment worth making.
The human body was never designed to sit or stand for long periods of time, and research has proved that doing either can be detrimental to our health. The reality for most people, however, is that their jobs require them to remain largely stationary throughout the day. Whilst standing is better than sitting, long periods of time on our feet can lead to aching joints and muscles, with long-term effects including Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Standing desk mats work by relieving some of the stresses placed on joints and muscles caused by standing still. The soft surface also encourages micro-movements in the lower leg muscles, which improves blood circulation and reduces the feeling of fatigue. The result is a more comfortable work environment, better productivity and a boost to overall well-being.
For more information about the science behind Standing Desk Mats, read our article: What are Anti-Fatigue Mats?
Using Standing Desk Mats correctly can lead to many benefits, from better productivity to long-term health benefits.
Comfort at Work - As with standard Anti-Fatigue Mats, the main benefit of standing desk mats is making the work environment more comfortable by reducing aches and pains in muscles and joints.
Productivity - Improvements in comfort can lead to greater productivity, with several independent studies showing up to 20% improvements.
Insulation - The materials used to make Standing Desk Mats make them great insulators, too, both against the low temperature of cold floors and noise from hard footwear.
Health Benefits - Anti-Fatigue Mats help you get the best out of your standing desk while reducing the pain and discomfort caused by standing. This means you are more likely to use your standing desk and, ultimately, less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and spinal problems. Many users also report feeling more energetic and able to complete their work more enjoyably and effectively.
The best Standing Desk Mat for your needs depends mostly on how much you intend to use the mat. Lower-cost mats with flat surfaces are perfectly adequate if you’re only standing at your desk for short periods of time, whereas more expensive mats with ergonomic surfaces will be better suited to more intensive users.
You should also consider whether the mat will be stood on with or without footwear, as this affects how long your mat will last. Standing without footwear will increase the mat's lifespan, allowing you to use a lower-cost model and increase the fatigue-relieving benefits of using it.
To increase the lifespan of whichever mat you choose, ensure it is used correctly, such as not standing on it with heels or dropping heavy objects and liquids on the surface.