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Not Good for Standing Desk
on January 13, 2015
After about four and a half months of use at my standing desk at my office, I cannot recommend this mat for the purpose of standing for long increments of time.
I gave it my best shot. I went from a work environment with no options to stand during the day to an office that came with an adjustable sit/stand desk. As a health and fitness enthusiast, I had been eager to spend less time sitting during the day and was excited to get started standing up in front of the computer more often.
This mat -- the Imprint Cumulus9 -- arrived within my first three days at my new office, and I put it to use immediately. Compared with not having a mat -- standing on thin carpet placed over some rigid surface -- I was thrilled. I found that I could immediately spend at least an hour standing up without feeling fatigued at all. Even after feeling some fatigue in my feet and legs, I'd just adjust my position a bit or lean on my desk a bit more in order to avoid sitting down. For those first few days, my desk was in its standing mode 100% of the time (I got my breaks from standing by attending meetings, going to lunch, etc.).
A few weeks in, though, I noticed that I found myself wanting to take a break from standing more and more frequently. Again, I was gung-ho about standing more and I'm in good physical condition, so I thought, mind over matter, and I pushed through. Apparently, this was a mistake.
A month or so in, I could no longer spend the entire day with my desk in the standing position and had to spend several working hours sitting at my desk. The fatigue (possibly even pain) in my feet became too much to persevere through. Several months in, I found myself spending entire days in the seated position.
As the holidays just passed, I thought that taking some time away from my standing desk to relax at home would help me to recover so that I could come back from the break ready to stand all day once more. However, after ten days straight without even attempting to spend several hours standing, I still found I could only handle a limited amount of time -- 45 minutes or so -- before I couldn't stand to be standing on this mat any longer.
I have since done some research and discovered that Imprint never intended this mat -- the Cumulus9 -- to be used with a standing desk for long periods of time. You may already know this, but I'm not so sure you do considering that this mat is so highly rated here on Amazon, is a top seller and many reviewers discuss using this mat at a standing desk. The description of this item does not mention that it should NOT be used for long periods of time. All indications that I can find are that people are buying this mat with the same intended purpose as myself, so I thought that if no one else was going to warn consumers about this, I'd do it with this review.
It's been several months, and the fatigue in my feet is unbearable. Just this morning, I got up early to work out, took a shower, and by the time I was brushing my teeth, I had to sit on the edge of my bed because I just couldn't be on my feet any longer. Once I got to work, I didn't even try to stand up on this mat (even after my hour-long commute where I was obviously sitting). Standing on this mat for several hours at a time over the course of these last few months has had lingering, adverse affects on my comfort.
All that being said, I'm not going to throw in the towel on Imprint. I have decided to step up to the CumulusPro for use with my standing desk, and I will take this Cumulus9 home to be used at either the kitchen or bathroom sink. Perhaps this sort of short-term application is all the Cumulus9 was ever intended for, but until I tried it out for myself, I had no way of knowing that. Hopefully, this review will make that clear for the rest of you.