Why does standing for a long time hurt?

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Going from a seated position to a standing one is highly recommended, but the idea is not to simply exchange sitting in one place for standing in one place. This latter scenario may also be problematic over time (although possibly less so than sitting).

If you’ve ever had to stand in one place for a long period of time, you know how painful it can be – even more so than the same amount of walking. Today I Found Out recently reviewed six reasons why this is the case:1

1. Constant Work for a Few Muscles

When you stand, your legs are constantly under pressure. Muscles in your calves must make small adjustments to keep your balance, which tires your legs out. When you walk, the burden is distributed across a greater number of muscle groups, including those in your core, thighs, calves, buttocks, and even your arms.

2. No Rest

Standing requires constant support from your feet and legs. Each foot and leg supports about half of your body’s weight with no resting period. When you walk, the weight shifts from one side to the other so each of your legs and feet get a regular (albeit quick) break.

3. Pooling Blood

Your heart cannot pump blood very efficiently from your feet back up the length of your body while you’re standing still, which is why standing may lead to swelling in your feet and lower legs. When you walk, muscle contractions help your heart to pump more effectively.

4. Harder on Your Feet

When you stand, your body weight tends to rest on the balls and heels of your feet, with no relief. When you walk, the weight is distributed to different parts of your feet.

5. Mentally Challenging

Standing in one place can be boring, leaving your mind unoccupied, and free to focus on how tired your legs and feet are. Walking tends to occupy your mind as you’re exposed to varying environments and must at the very least be alert to potential obstacles in your path.

6. Walking Releases Feel-Good Chemicals

Walking briskly or jogging triggers your body to release feel-good chemicals like endorphins to improve your mood. Adrenaline is also released, which pumps your heart faster and allows more oxygen to reach your muscles and brain. This does not occur when you stand in one place.

 

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Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat

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What are anti-fatigue mats?

This interesting article is very helpful in explaining the benefits of Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mats in the Home, Kitchen, Office or, come to that, any environment where standing for long periods is necessary.  Anti-fatigue mats are mats designed to reduce fatigue caused by standing for long periods.  The problem lies on a hard, surface with no ‘give’ in it.  This causes strain and fatigue on the muscles and tendons in the lower back, legs and feet.  Fatigue-reducing mats are designed to have a degree of compressibility and can be made of various materials including rubber, carpeting, vinyl, and foam.

Why use anti-fatigue mats?

According to scientific data, standing for long periods of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing. Regardless of the quality
of shoes and quality of the floor covering, standing itself can cause tiredness after an entire working day.

Check out the article itself for more detail.
Source: www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/mats.html

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New Anti-fatigue floor mat

Anti-fatigue Mat from Stuff4Homes

Stuff4Homes is launching a new product! We are so happy to announce the new addition to our range coming soon… our anti-fatigue comfort mat. We tried one at our sit-stand desk and loved it so much we decided we should develop our own one.  We made it a little more stylish and we absolutely love the ones we have at home. We use them in the kitchen when we are preparing dinner or in the office when we are working.  A plumber came by the other day and used it to kneel on while he was working. He loved it so much he’s going to get one!

Launching in December 2016 look out for them on Amazon!