Happy Sole, Healthy Body

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Here’s something you already know: your feet are the farthest body part from your heart. Pretty obvious, I know. But what’s less obvious is how that relates to the health of the rest of your body. Even though they are physically last, putting your feet first can be the first step to a healthier you.

The average person spends around 56 hours a week on their buttocks. If you could walk a day in your feet’s shoes, you might find that sitting makes it hard for blood to circulate through your legs to your feet. The implications of poor blood circulation can range from mild to severe, including cold extremities, fatigue, hair loss, dizzy spells, dry skin, headaches, cramping, shortness of breath, blemishes and memory loss. Sounds like the fine-print for an anti-depressant medication, doesn’t it? It’s truly remarkable how the mere act of sitting can impact your health so profoundly. On the same token, spending a few more hours standing each day can greatly contribute to the health and wellbeing of your entire body!

Standing reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. An experiment comparing bus drivers that sit all day to bus conductors that stand found that the sitting bus drivers were more prone to heart attacks. For this reason, it’s important to be conscious of the adverse effects of sitting so you can look for ways to counter them in your daily life. If your job simply doesn’t allow you to stand (like a bus driver, perhaps), incorporate movement into your lifestyle in other ways like taking power-walks on your breaks. Or, if you work at a desk, investing in a computer stand and an anti-fatigue comfort mat is a great way to easily transform your workspace, giving you the flexibility to stand or sit as you please. Even if it’s just for a few hours a day, standing more often is a sure way to improve your body’s circulation. Some people even swear that standing also increases productivity!

Standing is obviously better than sitting, but depending on where your feet are, the benefits of standing can be limited. Standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time can have wearing effects on your joints and posture. Standing on an anti-fatigue comfort mat, however, is like a tall person wearing stilts; it makes being healthy healthier.

WellnessMats unmatched ergonomic comfort and support makes choosing an anti-fatigue comfort mat easy (okay, choosing from over 200 styles and patterns might be the challenging part). Standing on a WellnessMat will make standing more enjoyable, which means more blood to your legs and less joint and muscle pain. For a busy person who doesn’t have time to exercise, replacing a few hours of sitting with standing on a WellnessMat is the perfect solution to easily improving your health.

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