Anti-Fatigue Mats – Cushioned Standing desk mats take away the ache

Anti-Fatigue Mats – Cushioned Standing desk mats take away the ache

An anti-fatigue mat helps alleviate back pain, muscle stiffness and leg pain associated with standing for long periods of time.  These handy mats can be seen in factories, office spaces, kitchens, and other places where standing for long periods of time is a normal part of the job. Home consumers can also use anti-fatigue mats for the kitchen, shop or garage where standing for several hours might come into play. If you're interested in keeping back-pains at bay and maintaining a body with good posture (as you probably are if you're reading this), then a standing desk in your home office is also a great option. In fact, most of the desks we supply to home consumers are used for home offices. Note: we don't recommend spending long periods on your feet. The beauty of height-adjustable desks is that you can move between standing and sitting positions easily. Periods of standing should be broken up with periods of sitting. Here’s everything you need to know about floor mats for use with a sit stand desk, why they are important, and the proper way to use one. Comfort while standing An anti fatigue floor mat helps maintain your physical comfort while standing. It’s generally thought of as a mat to purely prevent back pain, but these mats can also prevent health concerns in the feet, legs, shoulders, and neck. How you stand up is as important as what you stand upon. When using a standing desk, your head, neck, torso and legs should remain in one vertical line. That means keeping your back straight. The desk should be at a height where...
Productivity hacks part 2 – More tips for workplace wellbeing

Productivity hacks part 2 – More tips for workplace wellbeing

1. If you find yourself working till late and then being unable to sleep, resulting in tiredness the next day then you should try Flux for night-time viewing. Flux is an app which automatically changes the light and colour on your monitor depending on the time of day. The light from your monitor is designed to look its best during the day and produces an effect on the eyes and brain like the effects of sun light. This is not a good thing while you’re working at 10pm right before bedtime. Flux adjusts the brightness of the screen, creating a warming glow which helps reduce the blinding light effect of a monitor at night. 2. Colour affects productivity. Colour is very important to our mood and influences our behaviour. Because of this we should really look at our place of work and how the ambient colours may be affecting our energy levels and moods during the day. Blue, for example, is a calming colour and also called the most productive shade to use in the office. Blue is also good for motivation. Humans react very positively to natural elements in the office. Plants in the office, natural light, or garden views are all associated with higher levels of happiness, productivity and a reduction in levels of stress. Using green in the office can help mimic the effect of natural objects. Obviously this won’t replace the real effect of plants and natural light but adding green touches to the office is a step in the right direction. Experiment with different colours to see which ones work best for you. 3....
Why Sitting is bad for you

Why Sitting is bad for you

Described by the scientific community as “the new smoking,” sitting is killing us. The negative effects of sedentary behaviour by office workers and television enthusiasts alike has led to a revolution in the home and office. People are starting to stand up for their health. Sitting is bad for you. There can be no doubt. Let's take a look at why and what we can do about it. Negative health effects of sitting It seems as if every day brings more evidence that sitting too much is bad for our health. “Stand Up Australia,” a study which analyzed the activity level of office professionals, determined that almost 80 percent of their work day is sedentary. Prolonged physical inactivity can lead to obesity, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and colon, endometrial, and lung cancer. Guess what this means, folks? Sedentary (lack of) behaviour has a direct, positive correlation with four of the top ten leading causes of death reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). Importantly, the research is telling scientists that sitting too much, in itself (regardless of exercise habits), is a health risk. So the poor office worker who faithfully gets in his recommended 30 minutes a day is still at increased risk for all of those deadly effects of inactivity. Simply heading to the gym after work for an hour's long workout will not really make a dent in the damage done over years of sitting all day. Think about it! Most people sit at work, but arrive and leave in their car. That's already 8-10 hours of sitting per day. Add to this the television...
10 tips for comfort and productivity while standing

10 tips for comfort and productivity while standing

Pay attention to your posture. Bad posture will cause you issues whether you’re sitting or on your feet. Your ears, hips, and knees should all be in line. If your hips are too far forward or back your spine is in a less than optimal position. Posture affects everything from the health of your spine to how people perceive you. Try to unlock your knees to remove strain. If you can stand with a slight bend in the knees for small periods of time this will help improve flexibility, strength in the quads, and promote joint health. An adjustable surface for working from will help with changing the height incrementally, thus varying the angles that your arms, back and neck are in. Try standing on a block, using an inclined surface, or a massage ball under the feet to vary the level. Get an anti-fatigue mat to take the load off your feet Walk around occasionally to loosen up the legs. This will be much easier to do regularly as you’re already on your feet. If possible, try squatting down a couple of times to loosen the lower back and put the legs into a different position. Squatting and sitting are two very different movements. Squatting is a natural human position. Sitting is definitely not. Do yoga regularly to strengthen your core and to maintain good posture, which in turn will make standing less tiring. Try to plan meetings at your desk and only make one chair available so everyone will have to stand. Sit for lunch and sit for breaks but otherwise, try to plan your day around...
Productivity Hacks – 10 tips to be healthier, more efficient, and more alert at work

Productivity Hacks – 10 tips to be healthier, more efficient, and more alert at work

1.    Cultivate a routine of regular stretching. Morning stretches are great for waking the body up but if you don’t have time or you already worked out in the morning, try to stretch at lunchtime. Ideally, this should be done before lunch but could also be done 30 minutes afterwards. The act of stretching will ‘reset’ the spine, open the lungs, pump blood into all the muscle-groups and ultimately help prevent the after-lunch slump so many of us experience. Stretches can be as simple as raising the arms while trying to touch the ceiling, touching your toes, rolling the shoulders back and hugging the arms behind the back. 2.    If you work in a noisy environment and music is too distracting to work to try Noisli, an excellent web and mobile app. Noisli is a background sound and noise generator. If you work better to the sound of birds chirping while water flows through a windy meadow then this is the app for you. Random white noise can be generated as well as coffee shop sounds. The web version is free and the app costs a couple of dollars. 3.    Give up the coffee and try Matcha Tea. Matcha is a cancer-fighting, fat-burning super drink that delivers caffeine in a more steady release fashion. Coffee tends to give us a jolt and then bring us back to earth with a thud. Matcha tea gives a milder buzz for a longer period of time. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and doesn’t raise insulin levels, thus helping keep cravings and blood sugar under control.  We got ours from Le Palais de Thés...

Standing vs Sitting – Think about it!

Most people spend 70% of the day sitting. Think about it! That can’t be what we’re designed to do. Genetically we are walking, hunting, jumping, chasing, and fighting cavemen living in a modern world. Cavemen didn’t sit, as we do today.   If you stand for 4 of your 8-hour workday every day you can burn an extra 52,000 calories a year. 52,000 calories = Total calories of one Big Mac, every 3 days for the entire year 20 marathons almost 450 glasses of red wine   31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time (1). How much of this results from sitting is unknown but you can bet it’s quite a lot.   Back pain with a neuropathic component is a major challenge for European healthcare systems costing an estimated €5.34 billion in Ireland alone. Think of the savings in healthcare, and increased productivity in the business place if we reduced back pain by even 5% due to more standing in the workplace. We’d all benefits. Think about that!   Most health-conscious people go to the gym to work out and keep their muscles supple. But sitting all day makes the muscles in your quadriceps, glutes, and abdominals flabby and prone to injury. 30 minutes in the gym a couple of times a week on these muscles will help, but it’s akin to running more to reduce smoking damage. Think about it! If you could ‘work-out’ at work you’d feel much better outside the office. Get a standing desk and change your life.   Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of...