Isn’t it a pity that many of us have to spend eight hours a day sitting on a chair or standing in one single place even though our bodies were created for movement? In the light of this fact, it’s not hard to see why pain takes over our everyday lives, often leaving us unable to finish our everyday chores.
In this article, I’ll be focusing on combating the discomfort of having to stand in one place for a prolonged period of time. Unfortunately a lot of people work for eight or even more hours standing and it becomes almost impossible to completely eliminate the stress our legs are exposed to on a daily basis.
Stretching every now and then and sitting for a few minutes during work time may help you stimulate the muscles, so whenever you feel you’re pressure, take it as a sigh that you need to let your feet relax. However, this is far form enough when it comes to making up for those dreaded eight hours.
If you want to do all in your power to help your body withstand the damage lack of movement brings, you can get an ergonomic product especially designed for this purpose – an antifatigue mat. Antifatigue mats are practically floor mats that have ergonomic properties. This, however, doesn’t mean that the pain will magically go away, it only means that a quality antifatigue mat can help you ease the pressure on the feet and legs if you have to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Antifatigue mats work by encouraging subtle movement of the leg and the calf muscles which in turn promotes easier flow of the blood back to the heart. Since in situations of prolonged standing the heart is forced to work harder, the easier flow of the blood is beneficial for its proper working and it decreases the chance of running out of energy too soon. But before you actually buy one, make sure you understand what makes a great antifatigue mat.
As a versatile material used in the construction business for many years now, natural rubber has been approved as the most convenient for antifatigue mats. It combines high tensile and tear strength with an outstanding resistance to fatigue. Plus, in order to improve its resistance and elasticity, the natural rubber is mixed up with either peroxide, sulphur or bisphenol.
Also, antifatigue mats should be extremely flexible, lightweight yet strong and comfortable for your feet, whether you’re with or without shoes. As the simple yet beneficial products they are, antifatigue mats are incredibly easy to maintain. You just need to wash them a few times per year using just water and mild soap. On a weekly basis though, you can clean them with a vacuum cleaner.