Just about every testimonial from a new stand up desk user includes a “my feet and/or back were killing me, so I got an anti-fatigue mat” portion – and with good reason. It takes some time for your body to adjust to standing more, but using an anti-fatigue mat can make the transition a whole lot easier – especially if your workspace has a hard floor. Here at VARIDESK headquarters, we have a stained concrete floor that is stylish, attractive, and a giant pain in the feet for stand up desk users. Trust me, if you’re standing on a concrete floor for several hours a day, there’s not a pair of horribly unattractive orthopedic shoes in the world cushiony enough to save you. So, let’s just say we know a little somethin’ about anti-fatigue mats around here.
Here are some options that come highly recommended from testimonials and coworkers:
A super smarty pants blogger recommended this particular mat, so it must be good. It’s proven by the Center for Ergonomics to reduce overall fatigue and discomfort by up to 60%. It also has no-curl edges – which can be an annoying problem with some gel mats – and comes in a variety of sizes and colors.
The price is right on this basic, no-frills mat. It’s black only (so it will match your VARIDESK!) and comes in several sizes. It gets the job done, and your bank account will thank you.
GelPro is probably the most popular name in gel mats for the home and office. They’re available at lots of brick and mortar retailers, so you can go try one out in-person, see how it feels and make sure it will work with whatever your office/desk configuration may be.
If, like me, you’re a fan of the barefoot workday, this mat is the jam. It has a soft, carpeted top that you can really sink your toes into, and it’s available in pretty colors in roughly 8 thousand different sizes. Of course, the bottom is sturdy, slip-resistant rubber, but the top is all yummy comfort for your workday feet. Hog heaven indeed!