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The Fundamentals: Why Every Anti-Fatigue Solution Needs Adequate Support

Most people do a little research before they make a significant purchase, and shopping for an anti-fatigue mat is no exception.

A cursory search of internet forums regarding what to look for in an anti-fatigue mat will conjure up articles upon articles discussing what that particular author deems critical features the ideal anti-fatigue mat should have.

While everyone’s “must have” feature lists differ, there is one characteristic that appears on almost every list:

“The mat must provide adequate support”.

Why is support so critical?

Afterall, a concrete floor arguably provides the most supportive standing surface available to man, but as we all know, it is painful to work on for two reasons:

  1. It is hard and unforgiving as a walking surface causing jolts throughout the body with every movement
  2. Because concrete is so supportive, when one stands on it in one place for too long, the muscles don’t move enough, reducing blood flow and causing pain.

Considering this, many people come to the conclusion that an ideal anti-fatigue solution needs to be on the softer end of the spectrum. This is why you’ll find many softer flooring alternatives such as  gel- or foam-based “anti-fatigue” mats on the market. However, too much softness or “cushion” is also bad.

Much like the goldilocks and the 3 bears story, the optimal level of support lies between too supportive and too soft. Flooring material in this range provides enough support to be safe and stable reducing workplace slips, trips and fall risks while also having the optimal level of instability to encourage small postural changes which facilitate increased blood flow to and from working muscles, effectively reducing standing fatigue.

So, what makes our anti-fatigue mats different from all the others?

They are built utilizing our patented SmartCells Cushioning Technology which is ergonomically engineered to provide optimal support.

The unique SmartCells have a “resting state” – much like a non-compressed spring – with a natural, supportive, upright force that provides a compressible, soft surface that is also stable and supportive.

Still not convinced? Read what these customers had to say about their SmartCells Anti-fatigue mats.

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Convinced now? Click the button to order your SmartCells solution today.

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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Is it possible to securely affix a carpet over the anti-fatigue custom flooring or runners? I need a very large runner in my high end residential kitchen and do not like the look of your mats. I DO like the ergonomics, though.
    Thanks.
    Catherine Tracy

    1. Hello Catherine Tracy,

      Thank you for reaching out. SmartCells custom anti-fatigue flooring CAN be used as a subfloor surface under carpet tiles and vinyl. If you have any further questions or would like to order a custom anti-fatigue solution please call us at 888-728-3241. I hope this helps.

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