Anti-fatigue mats provide a cushioned surface for people who must stand on hard floors for extended periods of time. The surface of the mat encourages frequent changes in posture, which can prevent stiffness of joints and muscles. Rubber, cork, carpet and wood are all used to make anti-fatigue mats.
Anti-fatigue mats are recommended for anyone whose work or hobby requires them to stand on hard surfaces for long periods. When choosing a mat, ensure that it is of an appropriate size for the area, has appropriate grips and does not create a tripping hazard. To further prevent pain and stiffness look for anti-fatigue insoles for shoes and take frequent breaks to perform preventative stretching. Icing and elevation before and after long periods of standing can also help.