Your Holiday Season Secret Weapon? The Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat

While much has been made about the ills of sitting and sedentary lifestyles, those who stand for extended periods of time have their own health concerns to worry about. For many professional chefs and home cooks alike, the arrival...

While much has been made about the ills of sitting and sedentary lifestyles, those who stand for extended periods of time have their own health concerns to worry about. For many professional chefs and home cooks alike, the arrival of the holidays means countless hours of standing while prepping, cooking, baking and serving food, which can have both short- and long-term effects on your wellbeing. Let's take a closer look at the lesser-known health threats associated with standing, along with a must-have for every kitchen during this busy time of year: an anti-fatigue kitchen mat.

Holiday season
Baking with loved ones should be pain-free.

The 411 on Standing

Just how bad is standing for you? While it might not reduce your life expectancy like extended periods of sitting does, it can lead to sore feet and aching joints in the short term and back pain in the long run. Other potential complications from excessive standing include everything from corns and bunions to varicose veins and lower limb swelling. Keep it up, and you can even wind up with irreversible circulatory problems and permanent muscle damage! Not to mention that if you suffer from coronary heart disease or arthritis, meanwhile, these ailments be exacerbated by standing.

Why is standing so bad for you? Simply put, when you're standing your heart has to work harder to make sure blood reaches all of your extremities. Factor in pressure on your joints from bearing your body weight, and the issues are multiplied.

So what do you do if you're cooking for the holidays and know you'll be on your feet in the kitchen for hours at a time? The answer is simpler than you might think: get your hands -- or feet! -- on an anti-fatigue kitchen mat.

The Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mats

Available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes ensuring a complementary fit for your kitchen decor, anti-fatigue mats have been scientifically proven to have significant health benefits for people who stand for extended periods of time.

These ergonomically engineered wellness tools are designed to promote better posture and proper circulation while enhancing your overall health.

How do they work, exactly? By suspending and distributing your body weight, thereby reducing the impact on your legs and back. In addition to helping you feel better and serving preventative health measure, anti-fatigue kitchen mats are even linked with stronger back and leg muscles and better balance!

An added benefit? Unlike cold, harsh tile and other common kitchen flooring, anti-fatigue floor mats feel soft and smooth under your feet. And perhaps best of all, they're puncture-free, slide-free, and incredibly durable. In other words, an anti-fatigue floor mat is truly a gift that keeps on giving season after season.

Holiday season
No time for a massage this holiday season? How about the next best thing?

If you're going to get yourself one present this season, why not make it the priceless gift of enhanced comfort and better health? An anti-fatigue kitchen mat can help turn your next holiday bake-a-thon from a feet-killing chore into a fun, festive, and pain-free event. Your feet, knees, legs, ankles, calves and back will thank you for it! And don't forget to register with Cilantro for more great information, deals and discounts on all thinks cooking and kitchen.