If you have a desk job, you may spend a lot of your day sitting, which isn't ideal for your health. Standing is preferable to sitting, but it can be tiring for your feet and legs. Genius Mat anti-fatigue mat has just the right amount of padding, different textures, and even an acupressure roller ball to keep you comfortable while you work standing up. It encourages movement without distraction, which keeps your energy level high.
Price: $68Bottom line: Supportive padding, ridges, bumps, and a roller ball keep your feet happy.
- Bumps and ridges
- Well padded but firm
- Acupressure roller ball
- Encourages standing
Genius Mat: Features
The Genius Mat is a roughly square-shaped anti-fatigue mat with raised edges. Just the right amount of padding provides you with a comfortable but stable place to stand. It's not what I'd call plush or cushy, it's more like firm support.
There are a number of features which allow you to stretch your legs and give yourself a little foot massage as you stand. At the front, there are raised bumps and ridges which are quite a nice surface to rub your feet on. There are more ridges at the back of the mat for when you want to stretch your legs behind you. Right in the middle is my favorite part, the acupressure roller ball. It looks like a giant blue marble embedded in the mat. The roller ball is mobile, so it moves around as your rub your foot on it.
You can use the Genius Mat with or without shoes, though of course if you want to take advantage of the foot massaging features, you'll need your shoes off.
Genius Mat: What I like
As someone whose primary job is done in front of a computer, I'm always looking for ways to avoid spending my day sitting. I like to move around to a variety of work stations throughout the day, and I will definitely be including Genius Mat in my standing setup. It's definitely preferable over standing on a hard surface. I wrote this review standing on the Genius Mat, and I feel great.
While I personally am not a fidgeter, I know a lot of people who are. As a teacher, I've taught a number of children who cannot focus while remaining motionless. The Genius Mat offers a pleasant outlet for movement, as your feet explore each bump, ridge, and the roller ball.
Genius Mat: What I don't like
I don't think it's terribly expensive for something with these features, but it may be more than some want to spend for an anti-fatigue mat.
Genius Mat: Bottom line
I'm not a doctor, and you'll certainly want to consult a professional to see if a standing workstation and anti-fatigue mat would meet your particular needs for a healthier workspace. But if you are looking to move away from a sedentary lifestyle, or if you already stand all day for work and want to add some comfort, Genius Mat is certainly worth a look. With its firm support, ridges, bumps, and that acupressure roller ball, Genius Mat will give you what you're looking for.
Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.