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They say sitting is the new smoking - a product review

April 30, 2018

I was contacted by Anthrodesk to review their anti-fatigue mat. As a Registered Dietitian, I didn't feel qualified to review this with any sort of expert opinion, but I agreed to give my honest (un-qualified) opinion, so here it is.  

I don't have much experience with a variety of mats, I just remember standing on one for hours on end when I was a cashier at Sobey's during my nutrition degree. Who knows if that one helped, not sure if anything could've helped the feet after a 6 hour shift of checking groceries, but the Ergoslant one is nice! 

They say that sitting is detrimental to your health, the new smoking.  There is research I've read since that suggests it's the sedentary aspect that is damaging (but I'm not sure as bad a smoking), so standing in one spot might be just as bad as sitting all day.  So while people in desk-based jobs have been enjoying those sit to stand desk options, simply standing all day won't make you healthier. However, it stands to reason that if you're going to stand for at least part of your day, being comfortable while you do it is important.

So, onto the product review!

The first thing I noticed about the mat is that it's really light, which is a benefit if you're going to want to move it around.  I moved it around my apartment a bit, which was convenient because of how light it was, but there was a lot of static electricity generated by this.  That might be secondary to the fact I live in the Arctic, and the air is desert-dry up here (my skin can attest to this!). So it might be more environmental than mat-generated, but it was noted. 



There is a slant on this mat, as the name suggests.  I found this slant quite large, and a bit uncomfortable, I feel like it might just take some getting used to. I also have very tight calves that makes dorsiflexion of my feet difficult, so maybe the slant might help stretch me out a little? The mat is also soft, but not squishy, and I think I could stand on this for quite some time, if needed.

As far as mats to stand on are concerned, the Ergoslant would be a good choice, based on it's comfort, weight and slant.  So, if you're in the market for a new mat, check this company out!





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