Do you need an anti-fatigue mat with your standing desk?

The Topo mat from Ergodriven: http://ergodriven.com/topo/
The Topo mat from Ergodriven: http://ergodriven.com/topo/

I’ve never used one with my standing desk, but many experts do recommend it. They say it will allow you to stay on your feet longer and get less tired.

I’ve been seeing ads in my Facebook feed for a new type of anti-fatigue mat called Topo. This mat claims to have “calculated terrain” (in other words, as far as I can tell, it’s lumpy) that keep you making micro-movements instead of standing in one place. It also slides so you can put it away when you pull out your chair. Most anti-fatigue mats have to be dragged. So that’s cool.

It costs $120, which seems a bit steep at first, but it looks like most *good* anti-fatigue mats cost at least $100. It turns out that, unsurprisingly, there’s a difference in quality between the kind of mat that is meant to be used for 30 minutes a day to wash dishes or cut veggies and the kind of mat that is meant to be used for 40 hours a week or more. (Yes, I’ve spent my morning reading about mats.)

This thing’s Amazon reviews are off the charts. Still, $120 is a lot to shell out. I find myself moving naturally even without a fancy mat. However, if you’re trying to get into standing and have the money to spare, please get one of these and tell me how you like it.

Whether you have a mat or not, RoseMary Chapman, who I interviewed for The Healthy Freelancer book, emailed me recently to remind readers to periodically do a posture check. That goes for standers as well as sitters. And it even goes for me, even though I’m slouching on the couch today while my regular computer goes through about a million upgrades.

This post isn’t an endorsement of Topo or any other product–I’m genuinely curious about it, though!

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