Though preferred to sitting desks, standing desks are not without their vices. These desks promote standing too much, something that causes physical fatigue. Luckily, anti-fatigue mats are the answer to this problem. Designed to provide support on an otherwise unsupportive surface, these mats are yet another way to make the standing desk a viable option in the office.
The Importance of Anti-Fatigue
Physical fatigue occurs when you stand on a hard surface for too long. The muscles constrict, overworking themselves as they keep you upright, restricting blood flow, causing pain, discomfort and swelling. All of this combined can then lead to a myriad of further complications, including varicose veins and pronation.
Anti-fatigue mats are specifically designed to reduce the strain of long periods of standing. They provide a large amount of cushioning while also absorbing the usual impacts that happen as we naturally shift our weight around.
The Top Choices
Topo by Ergodriven
The Topo mat looks like something out of a sci-fi movie but don’t let that scare you off. Its peaks and valleys are specifically designed to promote natural movement while you work at your standing desk. This then encourages the subtle stretching of the tissues and joints to prevent muscle fatigue. Made from polyurethane, it is a highly cushioned surface that is easy to reposition. While this makes it great for the office, it’s not a good choice for areas that need no-slip, no-trip mats.
Premium Anti-Fatigue Mat by FoamEra
Though a kitchen mat at heart, this 100% polyurethane non-slip, no-trip mat is largely considered the perfect general anti-fatigue mat. With 3/4” thickness, it can cushion even those with more weight. In addition, the larger 39” by 20” dimensions means whoever is standing on it has a lot of room to maneuver around, freeing them from constantly having to worry about where they work.
Soft Step Supreme by Guardian
Not all anti-fatigue mats are there to provide almost a full inch of cushion. Some, like the Soft Step, are designed for places that want a little more cushion for those that are already wearing contoured shoes. This 2’ by 3’ mat is 100% commercial grade vinyl, making it much more durable than other vinyl mats on the market. Its pebble surface over a 1/2” of vinyl foam make it great for any highly trafficked areas.
Razorback Anti-Fatigue Mat by NoTrax
The Razorback is an awesome mat for those that are looking for bells and whistles as far as anti-fatigue mats go. Wide ribs along the top allow for maximum traction while their Dyna-Shield PVC sponge is used to protect the spongey mat underneath. It is 3’ by 2’ with a 1/2” thickness and withstands some of the toughest durability tests in the market today. Because of this, it is mainly recommended for medium duty work but can prove useful to anyone wanting the most extreme of anti-fatigue mats for their standing desk.