Quick Easy Fit » Health And Fitness http://www.quickeasyfit.com Care of your Health And Life Start Here Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:40:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Protein Shakes: Which Ones Are Best for Your Fitness Goals?http://www.quickeasyfit.com/protein-shakes-which-ones-are-best-for-your-fitness-goals/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/protein-shakes-which-ones-are-best-for-your-fitness-goals/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:57:41 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6121 Not all protein shakes are created equal, but figuring out which shake is best for you is going to depend more on you than on the shake itself. Here’s why.

The whole point of exercising is to tear your muscles apart. This forces your body to rebuild them and, if you exercise regularly, your body’s survival instinct kicks in and builds your muscles to be stronger than they were before you tore them apart. This is why, as you know, the best way to work out consistently is to alternate “hard” days and “easy” days. The idea is to build muscles that are strong and smooth…for most of us.

For some, though, building up to be stronger than they were yesterday isn’t the goal. Body builders, for example, hope to build muscles that are as big as they are strong. This is why body builders rarely allow themselves “easy” days and why they focus on specific groups of muscles instead of an overall level of fitness.

The key to both of these processes is protein. Your body uses protein (and the amino acids contained within) to rebuild what you’ve torn up. The amount and type of protein you need to facilitate that process depends on your end goal.


Look at all that protein!

It is important, at this point, to understand that for most people (sorry, bodybuilders, your article will have to be saved for another time), all of that protein can be gained from natural sources. The amount of protein you need to take in to replenish your body and rebuild your muscles works out to about 0.7 grams of protein for every pound you weigh (source: Are Protein Shakes Good for You?).

The primary problem is that a lot of us exercise not just to be stronger but to lose weight, and eating the amount of food you need to take in enough protein is going to get in the way of whatever calorie-cutting we’re attempting to do.

This is where protein shakes come in. It is imperative that you understand, before we go further, that protein shakes are not meant to be a diet food. In spite of what commercials tell you, you should not be swapping out a meal for a protein shake. The protein shake is a supplement to help you get the strength and energy you need to continue your workouts without forcing your body to store a bunch of extra calories. They are built to send specific nutrients to specific parts of your body quickly and will not take the place of eating balanced and healthy meals.


Less fat, more muscle!

So which protein shakes are the best? Here are the top three you can buy if you’re trying to get healthier (without building up body builder levels of muscle mass).

Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder

What makes Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder a great protein shake is that it is meant to be consumed after your workout – right when you’re usually at your most ravenous and likely to cram whatever you can find into your face (usually something carb-heavy). It goes straight to your muscles and doesn’t have a lot of extra “stuff” in it that your muscles don’t need.

Odwalla Super Protein

Ranked as one of the best store bought protein shakes by Cooking Light, Odwala Super Protein is vegan and sweetened with fruit (juice or puree). It is also available in gluten-free varieties, which is good for those who have trouble with wheat-based proteins.

MaxiRaw Protein Complex

Men’s Health listed MaxiRaw Protein Complex among its favorite protein shakes. At just 117 calories, you don’t have to worry that you’re going to be accidentally loading up with a bunch of stuff you don’t want in an attempt to “fill out” your shake mix. It also offers 24 grams of protein per serving, so you won’t have to drink a gallon of it a day to meet your protein requirements. You can use it for its intended purpose: supplementing your natural and healthy diet.

Do you have a favorite protein shake? Tell us about it!

Erin Steiner is a regular contributor to Quick Easy Fit as well as a variety of other websites. She covers topics ranging from health to internet/pop culture.

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Five Ways To Protect Your Health While You Train For Your Next Racehttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/five-ways-to-protect-your-health-while-you-train-for-your-next-race/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/five-ways-to-protect-your-health-while-you-train-for-your-next-race/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:43:22 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6106 Race training requires gradually increasing your time and distance goals. This training requires that you spend a great deal of time running the streets and roadways of your local community. To make you protect your health so you will be ready for race day, follow these important safety tips.

Wear Bright Clothing

Always wear the brightest outdoor wear that you can find if you will be spending long hours running in your community. Forego the basic black or forest green colors that can blend into surroundings too easily. Vivid yellows, orange, bright red or fluorescent colors will help to keep you visible. If you run at dusk or after dark, your clothing should be reflective. If they don’t reflect on their own, keep some reflective tape on hand and apply it liberally to your clothing before a running session.

Don’t Wear Headphones

Everyone enjoys music when they are concentrating on an important task, but avoid wearing headphones or earbuds when doing your training runs. You should always stay aware of your surroundings and the people in it so that you can avoid hazards and be prepared to take immediate action, if necessary.

Carry A Cell Phone But Don’t Answer

It’s a good idea to carry your cell phone along with your on your training run, but don’t be tempted to answer phone calls or texts while training. First, answering communications will take your concentration off your training tasks. Second, you should stay aware of what’s going on around you to maintain safety. However, a phone will come in handy if you become injured and need help.

Run In Populated Areas

Always plan your training route along populated areas. Although rural roads and isolated areas usually have less traffic, the presence of other people will deter anyone who has malicious intentions. Of course, traffic is an additional concern. Always stop at crossroads to ensure you can cross safely.

Leave Word and Carry ID

Make sure someone knows where you will be running and how long you intend to be. If something unusual occurs, they will be able to notify authorities of your absence. Also be sure to carry ID of some kind to ensure that you can be identified if an accident occurs. Although you may take all the recommended safety precautions, accidents can still occur. Carry ID to ensure that you can be identified and loved ones notified should you have a problem. MyID band is a good way to easily carry ID while doing training runs.

 

Following these recommendations will help you to complete the training for your upcoming run safely and without problems.

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Staying Fit: Five Tips To Help You Avoid Injuries During Your Workouthttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/staying-fit-five-tips-to-help-you-avoid-injuries-during-your-workout/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/staying-fit-five-tips-to-help-you-avoid-injuries-during-your-workout/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:35:28 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6103 Exercise is very safe for most people, but there is always the risk of injury. If you are new to an exercise program, then your chances of getting injured while working out will be even greater. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to avoid injury. Below are some tips for avoiding injury while you are exercising.

1. Warm Up

Many people skip the warm up and get right into their workout. However, that is never a good idea. You should spend at least five minutes warming up before you start your actual workout. Warming up loosens up your muscles and increases blood flow. It also mentally prepares you for exercise.

2. Do Not Overdo It

Many people injure themselves because they try to do too much too soon. You should start off slowly and then gradually increase your time and intensity. You have to give your body time to get adjusted to intense exercise.

3. Use Kinesio Tape

You may want to consider using athletic kinesio tape by StrengthTape.com. Kinesio tape is designed to protect your muscles from injury. It can also be used to treat injuries. If you want to know how to apply StrenghTape, then you should talk to a coach or personal trainer.

4. Listen to Your Body

You have probably been told that if you do not experience any pain, then you will not have any gain. You may have also been told that you have to push yourself even though you are experiencing pain. However, it is important to listen to your body. You may experience some discomfort while you are exercising, but you should not be in pain.
If you experience unbearable pain, then you are most likely pushing yourself too hard. It is a good idea to stop exercising if you are experiencing a lot of pain. Additionally, if you experience fatigue, shortness of breath or dizziness, then it is a good idea to stop exercising and seek medical attention.

5. Rest

Rest is something that is lacking in many people’s exercise routine. You have to give your body a chance to recover. If you never give your body a break, then you are very likely to get injured. Your body also rebuilds damaged muscle fibers when you rest.
An injury could force you to skip your workouts for several weeks. The good news is that in many cases, injuries can be avoided. Warming up, not overdoing your workouts, using kinesio tape, listening to your body and resting are keys to avoiding injury.

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Health Benefits of Hot Tubs and Keys to Healthy Maintenancehttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/health-benefits-of-hot-tubs-and-keys-to-healthy-maintenance/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/health-benefits-of-hot-tubs-and-keys-to-healthy-maintenance/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:29:23 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6100 There’s nothing more soothing at the end of a long day than a soak in a hot tub, set to the perfect toasty temperature. The benefits of a hot tub can go much further than that relaxation, however. Find out more about hot tub health benefits, as well as the keys to keeping your hot tub clean, the water healthy, and your investment well-maintained.

Health Benefits of Warm Water

According to Arthritis.com, warm-water therapy can help reduce pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other forms of chronic pain, as well as everyday sore muscles. Experts recommend moving around slowly in the water to stretch out those tense muscles and joints.

For those suffering from insomnia, the stress-relieving properties of warm water, coupled with down time to relax and unwind, makes it easier to get the shut-eye you need.

According to a study published by the American Diabetes Association, hot tubs can help lower the blood sugar of those with Type 2 diabetes. Improved glycemic control and a reduction of neuropathy (likely as a result of increased circulation) makes it easier for diabetics to keep their blood sugar under control.

Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

Maintaining a hot tub may seem like a part-time job in itself, but you might be surprised how easy it is to keep your spa clean and ready to use.

  • Keep your hot tub covered with a vinyl protective cover when not in use; this helps protect its finish from the elements and helps keep the water free of debris.
  • Wipe your hot tub down with a damp cloth periodically to remove dust and dirt. This will help protect the finish of the tub’s exterior and can extend the life of your hot tub investment.
  • Stay on top of your water purification schedule. It is important to replace filters periodically to keep the water clean and the system running efficiently. Hottubworks.com offers spa filters in a variety of sizes to fit just about any hot tub. By taking the time to replace filters now, you can prevent maintenance service calls in the future.
  • Make sure your water is balanced. Invest in strips to test the alkalinity of your spa—basically, the chemistry of your water. SpaGuard.com recommends keeping the pH of your water between 7.4 and 7.6. You might need to purchase alkalinity increaser to stabilize your water’s pH.
  • Get to know your hot tub and familiarize yourself with the manual that came with your unit. This is the best guide to your specific hot tub model, and will be the best resource for the type of maintenance that your specific spa needs. Take note of what’s required and follow the simple maintenance steps.
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How To Keep Your Teeth White As Can Be Year Aroundhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/how-to-keep-your-teeth-white-as-can-be-year-around/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/how-to-keep-your-teeth-white-as-can-be-year-around/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:36:25 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6094 Everyone wants a bright and white smile that looks healthy. Keeping teeth white throughout the year is not easy. Teeth can become stained because of poor hygiene, food or even periodontal disease. Avoiding stains means taking action every day. There are five ways to keep teeth as white as possible all year long.

Brush and Floss after Large Meals

Brushing should be done after large meals. It is especially important to brush after eating any foods that could stain the teeth. Brushing should also be done before going to bed. The teeth should be flossed once to twice a day. It is important not to brush too much. Brushing six or more times during the day can start to wear down the enamel and make the teeth more vulnerable to staining.

Avoid Foods That Cause Staining

Foods like blueberries, soy sauce and tomato sauce can cause stains. Liquids like wine, tea and soda can cause staining as well. It is best to brush teeth within 30 minutes after eating these foods. If brushing is not possible, then rinsing with water can help to keep teeth white. Staining liquids can be kept away from the teeth by using a straw.

Drink Water

Stains on the teeth develop over time as particles penetrate the enamel. A dry mouth can exacerbate this problem and potentially lead to gum disease. Drinking water regularly throughout the day will help to keep teeth white. Water promotes good bacteria and removes harmful bacteria. It can also loosen or wash away particles that could have caused staining.

Use Whitening Products

Whitening strips or toothpastes can work to reverse minor staining. These products should always be used as directed. A dentist should be consulted before using whitening products because the chemicals could cause pain and decay in damaged teeth. Whitening mouthwashes should be avoided because they can have a negative effect on the gums.

Schedule Regular Cleanings

Regular cleanings every six months to a year can keep teeth bright and white. Professionals at a location like Mountain View Dental Care Dentistry will clean teeth, remove deep stains and ensure good periodontal health. Gum health is important because periodontal disease can cause staining. Professional cleanings can often undo some of the severe staining on teeth from previous months.

 

It is important not to neglect oral hygiene. Stains build slowly on the teeth. Staining can begin even without visible signs as small particles saturate the enamel and dentin. Brushing, flossing and visiting a dentist regularly will all help to remove the agents causing stains. This will lead to a bright smile every day of the year.

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Show Your Skin You Care: Five Musts for Healthy Skin for Men and Womenhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/show-your-skin-you-care-five-musts-for-healthy-skin-for-men-and-women/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/show-your-skin-you-care-five-musts-for-healthy-skin-for-men-and-women/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:22:47 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6089 Illustriously flourishing skin is a chief desire among members of both genders. There are several integral aspects to a healthy skin care regimen. The following guide examines six essential techniques for a magnificently sleek epidermis.

Cleanse and Moisturize

Exfoliate unwanted contaminants, then replenish with a sensitive moisturizer. Do not take breaks from this routine; otherwise, pores can clog to create visible lacerations and craters. Check for harmful ingredients before applying store-bought liquids. Stay away from hazardous chemicals, and pursue organically pure additives, such as aloe, at all times.

Massage

Release unnecessary toxins and contaminants with a deep tissue massage. This dermatological treatment also loosens cramped muscles, which can induce extra mobility that prevents repeatedly indented wrinkles. Releasing excess tension can stimulate the skin into a process of vivaciously rejuvenating replenishment. Flaccid fluidity leads to vibrantly healthy skin across the board.

Apply Sunscreen

Fight solar irritations by lathering UV protection during every day that sun exposure is a possibility. As the ozone depletes, cases of skin cancer are suddenly on the rise. Prevent deadly infections by donning a protective layer. High SPF numbers are specifically recommended. Acquire an attractive, healthy tan instead of an alarming red burn.

Shave Daily

Combat pesky follicles with The Art of Shaving Badger Brush. Men can use this tool for a freshly coiffed facial facade, while ladies can apply it to every extremity for a glistening sheen. This state-of-the-art accessory has revolutionized grooming techniques for both sexes. Invariably, clear skin is the first step towards a happy outer layer.

Ingest Vitamins

Vital nutrients can fortify the skin’s external appearance. Vitamin A and Vitamin E are staples of a glowing exterior for both genders. Meanwhile, Vitamin C staves off free radicals to facilitate gravity-defying reversals for the skin’s health that can shave a decade off physical age. Naturally, green foods provide abundant quantities of these essential vitamins and minerals.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, but it receives a disproportionately little amount of healing attention. This overview shows that it can be remarkably easy to build a crystalline complexion.

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5 Out of the Ordinary Technologies That Can Greatly Improve Your Healthhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-out-of-the-ordinary-technologies-that-can-greatly-improve-your-health/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-out-of-the-ordinary-technologies-that-can-greatly-improve-your-health/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6082 It seems like everyone is in a health craze in today’s world, though, many modern lifestyles make this process extremely difficult. While people may try to eat healthier and get some time in the gym, this does not change the fact that we spend an enormous amount of time every day sitting down, often working under a high amount of stress. There is also the problems that are associated with aging that are often only accentuated by our lifestyle. Luckily, the modern world has developed a variety of different technologies that can help to combat these problems. Here is a quick look at 4 out of the ordinary technologies that can greatly improve your health.

 

EmWave 2

 

The EmWave2 is a product that is designed for stress relief. The product simply monitors your heart beat, but it does so while portraying the beat with sounds and images. These things are meant to help you relax, while also giving you a visual look at what is happening inside your body. The entire system is meant to help you not only get a look at your stress level, but it is also used to help you control your own stress. By learning how to control your heart, you will find that you are able to control your own emotions and reactions to certain situations. This ability will improve your heart’s health and it can help to prevent a variety of different medical problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, which can be caused by spikes of stress.

 

The Bionic Eyeball

 

Muscular degeneration is often a result of old age. This issue will usually just lead to a loss of strength, but it can also cause more serious problems, such as blindness. Luckily, one of the leading causes of blindness might be able to be cured by a bionic eye. This high-tech piece is inserted into the eye, where it uses the eyes natural signals to transmit data to the brain. This data can then be transformed into images by your brain. Unfortunately, users aren’t able to regain full vision, but they should be able to easily navigate familiar areas and they will often regain enough vision that they do not have to use a guide stick or dog.

 

Heart Mate II

 

Heart disease and complications of the heart are no joke. The Heart Mate II is a heart pump that can significantly increase the odds of survival by patients who are too far along in the illness to receive a transplant, or if they are simply waiting for a heat to be available. This small device acts like a miniature heart, helping to pump oxygenated blood throughout your body. This can reduce the amount of stress that is placed on the actual heart, giving people an enormous amount of extra time while they are waiting for a new heart, while also allowing for them to perform many of their normal activities.

 

Flibanserin

 

Men have had cialis and viagra for a few decades now, but women have had nothing. The drug flibanserin was originally created to treat depression, but that failed and they scrapped it. Later on, the company decided to test it for sex drives. They discovered that it can greatly improve the sex drives of women who were premenopausal. It works on neurotransmitters in the brain instead of hormones, and that could be part of the key to it working so effectively. This can be something that can be a huge boost to the self-esteem of women that are suffering from the lack of sexual desire.

 

Needle-Free Vaccines

 

Many people shy away from important vaccines because they are afraid of needles. Needle-free vaccines are deposited through nanoparticles into the skin through a simple patch. A gentle-electrical charge will push the particles through the body. This is a pain-free process, and it does not involve a single needle. This process allows for people with extreme fears of needles to be able to get the medicine that they need in order to survive and be healthy.

 

Technology is doing a great job at helping people to develop a healthier and stronger future. While we may not have a very healthy lifestyle, there are a variety of new technologies that can help us to improve our own health and cure a variety of regular problems that were once incurable.

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Five Must-Haves For the Perfect Home Gymhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/five-must-haves-for-the-perfect-home-gym/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/five-must-haves-for-the-perfect-home-gym/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:44:36 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6075 A home gym can make it much easier for you to get and stay in shape. You no longer have the excuse of not having time to go to the gym when it’s right in your house! If you have a home gym, or are planning to build one, you want to make sure it has all the right equipment. Here are 5 features you can’t overlook for the ideal home gym.

1. Pull-up Bar

This is a very simple and inexpensive piece of equipment, but it can do wonders for your upper body strength. Pull-ups and chin-ups are underrated for their ability to work your arms, shoulders and back. Not only that, but they work your core as well. You can either get a heavy duty pull-up bar that attaches to your wall or simply put one in a doorway.

2. Exercise Ball

This is another simple product that allows you to perform a wide variety of exercises. Exercise balls, also known as medicine balls, allow you to do exercises such as sit-ups or crunches getting a wider range of motion. Even sitting on an exercise ball has benefits, so you can place it in front of your desk when you’re not working out.

3. Cardio Machine

You will want to do both strength training and cardio training in your gym. Having a good cardio machine covers half of this equation. You can choose among many types of machines, such as stationary bikes, elliptical machines and Stairmaster type machines. You should get a machine that allows you to work out at many different levels.

4. Spa or Hot Tub

If you want to make progress with your workouts, it’s essential to know how to relax afterwards. A home spa such as those made by Bullfrog Spas will help you keep your muscles and joints recover after your workouts. These units are also great for relieving stress and winding down at the end of a long day.

5. Strength Training System

You definitely will want to include strength training equipment in your home gym. You could go with a simple multi-purpose bench and a set of weights. Or you could opt for a machine that uses pulleys or bands that lets you perform both upper and lower body exercises. Make sure you stretch before your workouts and cool down to help relieve post workout soreness.

 

The above items will help make your home gym complete. Of course, it’s still up to you to work out consistently. Make yourself follow a routine and set some specific goals. This will help motivate you to actually get the most out of your home gym.

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5 College Courses That Can Help You Learn More About Personal Fitnesshttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-college-courses-that-can-help-you-learn-more-about-personal-fitness/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-college-courses-that-can-help-you-learn-more-about-personal-fitness/#comments Sat, 09 Nov 2013 22:50:26 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6066 College degrees in personal fitness can earn you jobs in a wide variety of roles. But when you include some of the following standout courses in your curriculum, you can take your education beyond the expected into the specialized.

1. Kerala Ayurveda Academy offers online coursework for distance learners and classroom study in California and Washington. The integration of Ayurvedic medicine to a health education program assists the rounding out of the understanding of complete fitness. The Kerala Ayurveda Academy provides the highest level of Ayurvedic training available anywhere outside of India, taught by some of the world’s leading Ayurvedic masters.

2. At Remington College‘s Tampa campus, students can learn learn how to be a personal fitness trainer in as little as nine months via their personal trainer course. Hands-on training takes place in a 1700 square foot gym equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

You will be taught by certified personal trainers, and at the end of your successful completion of the nine-month program, you will receive a certificate allowing you to practice as a personal trainer. You can use the certification to work as an independent personal trainer, opening up your own business, or to obtain a position with a gym or physical fitness company, to name just a few of the opportunities.


Going back to school can advance your career.3. MIT has an amazing course entitled “PE for ME.” The course, partially taught by professional gymnast and National Merit Scholar Noah Riskin, explores how our bodies relate to and navigate through our physical environment. Using the gymnastics gym to investigate physical intelligence, students learn how the design of our physical bodies unites with innovative exercise equipment design. This course requires in-class attendance.

4. Louisiana College in Pineville, LA, offers an innovative water healing course that helps students learn how aqua-size can play an important part in physical therapy and fitness for those who are either recovering from an injury or are physically challenged by age or impairment. A course like this on a resume will stand out from the crowd.


Being fit is a condition of body and spirit.5. You don’t have to be a cardiologist to appreciate specialized knowledge that you can obtain through the Heartsaver CPR & First Aid course at Portland Community College. Offered in association with the American Heart Association, the course is officially non-credit, but it does meet OSHA standards, and you can still use it to gain additional credibility anywhere you work.

Wherever you’re physically located, it makes sense to seek out new opportunities either locally or online to expand your current knowledge base. Lifetime learning is a great way to change your career trajectory or to make your services more valuable to your current employer.

Final tip: Remember that many employers are willing to pay for or subsidize continuing education. They receive a tax deduction for such expenses. Don’t hesitate to ask your employer if this is an option for you.

Kate Supino is a professional freelance writer and small business owner who writes extensively about best business practices. She is a proponent of lifelong learning.

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Anti-Fatigue Mats: A Good Addition to Your Kitchen?http://www.quickeasyfit.com/anti-fatigue-mats-a-good-addition-to-your-kitchen/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/anti-fatigue-mats-a-good-addition-to-your-kitchen/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:57:37 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6069 Although anit-fatigue mats have long been in use in industrial settings where workers are on their feet for countless hours, people are now realizing that being on your feet in the kitchen or garage is no better for the sole.

If you’re on your feet often on a floor that your feet simply can’t stand, consider the following before going another day without anti-fatigue mats.


Hard floors can be hard on your feet, joints, and posture.

The Foot Facts

Unforgiving surfaces such as hardwood, concrete, and linoleum create stress and tension on your feet – and therefore your entire body. Moving around on these surfaces is tiring and creates stress on the bones and ligaments with each step. Standing still may be even worse, as pressure points are exacerbated and even created by constant pressure on the foot’s points of contact, leading to discomfort, fatigue, and even joint problems and varicose veins.

Anti-Fatigue Mats

Anti-fatigue mats reduce stress on the feet, ankles, and legs – and therefore the entire body – by adding stability and cushion. A mainstay of factories, plants, workshops, and restaurant kitchens, these mats can lead to better productivity through workers who are more energized and less distracted with nagging body pain. They can be made from a number of materials, including closed-cell PVC foam, urethane, and rubber sponge, and often include high-traction surfaces that increase safety by reducing slippage.

Facts and Figures

Anti-fatigue mats come in a range of shapes and sizes that is almost limitless, from small rectangles the size of a doormat to large enough to run the length of an entire factory floor. Generally, they are less than one inch thick, with industrial mats reaching thicknesses of 7/8″.

The two most important qualities are thickness and material. If you’re going to use them in your kitchen, make sure you get a mat that provides traction in both water and oil spills, and that is resistant to mold, bacteria, and mildew.

Puzzle Mats

If you’ve ever been inside of a gym, you’re probably familiar with the dense, cushioned-but-not-squishy mats whose interlocking squares connect to make one large surface, like jigsaw puzzle pieces. The pros of these are that they can form any shape or size and that they are generally less expensive per square foot. The cons are that they are generally less slip-resistant and less resistant to mold and bacteria.


Anti-fatigue mats can help you avoid chronic pain from long hours on your feet.

Anti-fatigue mats have been used for years in industrial applications such as factories and warehouses. Now, homeowners are discovering that these simple mats can do wonders for improving posture, productivity, joint aches, backaches, and general wellbeing. They don’t have to turn your beautiful tile or wood floor into the drab surface of a factory. They can prevent you from slipping and make your daily chores easier on your feet – and your mind.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about home improvement and ergonomic design.

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