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Movemate standing board overview — fixing your again, legs from sedentary decline from a tech job

Sequence: Sitting, standing, and strolling

by Tom Johnson on Oct 29, 2023


The Movemate board matches into the style of work-focused standing boards designed to scale back fatigue whereas standing at a pc. This Movemate overview is a bit completely different from the traditional tech comm content material on my weblog, however I consider it is simply as related. Should you’re sitting proper now, does your again harm a bit? Do your legs really feel like they have been shut off and are atrophying? Are you uninterested in sitting all day day-after-day in entrance of a display? It would not must be like that.

The Movemate standing board has been a gamechanger in serving to me stand for longer durations of time at work with out fatigue. I’m actually excited in regards to the product, really. On this submit, I’ll share my ideas on utilizing Movemate, particularly what’s working for me. Word: This isn’t a paid overview. I’m simply reviewing Movemate alone accord.

Movemate standing board

Why I’m standing within the first place

I’ve a couple of earlier posts on constructing stability boards for my standing desk. Simply to recap a bit in regards to the “why” right here, I began standing primarily to offset the rising feeling that sitting all day was shutting off my legs and inflicting them to atrophy. I’ve a recurring calf harm that has stored me off the basketball courtroom. I even have a considerably herniated disc in my decrease again that causes discomfort if I sit too lengthy.

I consider most individuals flip to standing desks on account of some bodily backstory. Should you’re completely completely satisfied sitting all day and don’t expertise any adversarial results from a extremely sedentary, sitting-all-day way of life, depend your self fortunate. Otherwise you may simply be too younger for the sedentary way of life to start out taking its toll.

I’ve tried many different boards and different strategies with standing desks. I began out with an anti-fatigue mat, which did little. I attempted a couple of completely different wobble boards and stability boards. I actually have a desk treadmill that’s now accumulating mud. Earlier than Movemate, of my earlier standing makes an attempt, I had the very best success on the stability board.

Nonetheless, regardless of the success with the stability board, I began noticing a drop in my work productiveness. After a couple of months, I finished standing on my stability board and returned to sitting once more. I anticipated extra advantages from standing and have become discouraged after I didn’t see it.

Throughout this era the place I used to be sitting once more, the founding father of Movemate reached out to me. He stated some folks found Movemate from a short hyperlink in my how-to-build-a-balance-board submit. He stated that whereas stability boards had been good, they wouldn’t present the pumping movement that might assist my calves and supply different bodily advantages.

He really helpful I attempt Movemate and despatched me his tutorial analysis (from an industrial design program) exhibiting the design and prototyping of Movemate (initially known as Wave). The report notes that the purpose of Movemate is to “Remodel the approach to life of sedentary millennials by making them transfer extra with the intention to meet the minimal necessities for our era to stay longer.”

I’m undecided why they focused millennials — it’s the older staff in tech who’re feeling the bodily results of sitting for thus a few years.

He gave me a 20% low cost on the Movemate and free transport, so I made a decision to order one and check out it out. I’ve now been utilizing it for about 3 weeks, and it’s actually superior. I’ve stopped utilizing my stability board and different units as a result of I’m seeing extra advantages from utilizing the Movemate wave board as a substitute.

Standing on Movemate

Movement selection

What units Movemate aside from different boards is the number of wave-like movement. (Wave is a significantly better product title that captures what it seems like on the board.) I’m fairly positive no different board provides as many multifaceted actions and motions.

The board appears accordion-like and consists of 14 lengthy curved planks (or slats or rails) that transfer independently. As such, Movemate provides many extra dynamic motion choices than a static, flat board.

There are at the least six various kinds of movement that I’m ceaselessly switching between. I name these motions pump strolling, back-and-forth rocking, seesawing, twisting, diagonal rocking, and calf stretching.

Right here’s a brief video exhibiting the six completely different actions I take advantage of:

You can even see this video for a greater demo:

Right here’s the important thing concept: The number of board actions interprets into a wide range of bodily physique actions. The number of bodily motion is what reduces standing fatigue. It’s an ingenious design.

To make use of an analogy about the advantages of multifaceted motion, think about a sport like basketball. Through the sport, you carry out all types of actions — lateral cuts, working up and down the courtroom (backwards and forwards), leaping up and down, bending low on protection, sprinting, standing, and so on. Due to this bodily motion selection, basketball gamers can play the sport for two+ hours. Nonetheless, if I attempt to run, it’s such a repetitive, monotonous motion that I shortly get bored and drained. I normally can’t run for greater than 10 minutes, however I can play basketball for a lot, for much longer.

Utilizing Movemate has the identical impact for me. The number of actions makes standing attention-grabbing and fewer fatiguing, and permits me to face for upwards of 45 minutes or extra at a time.

In contrast to a stability board, Movemate isn’t attempting to show you to stability. It’s as a substitute designed to maintain you transferring, including small actions to maintain in movement when you work.

Decrease profile

In contrast to standing on a stability board, the Movemate board has a low profile. There’s not a ton of curvature or peak to the thin planks. This makes it simpler to work from.

For instance, whereas standing on a stability board places me 6 inches off the bottom, the Movemate doesn’t add greater than 2 inches. That is very nice for a number of causes:

  • I can extra simply preserve eye degree with my pc monitor. I do have a swing arm for my monitor, which makes it simpler to boost or decrease my monitor a couple of inches.
  • The delicate actions are much less attention-drawing within the workplace. Individuals hardly discover that I’m standing on the board, whereas a stability board typically will get passersby stopping and in search of a second.
  • The angle of my arms to the keyboard is way more comfy. I don’t must resort to a unfavorable tilt keyboard tray to get the wrist angle proper.

Music helps induce pure movement

I’ve discovered that listening to music helps naturally encourage some bodily movement. If I take heed to one thing with a daily beat, like Lovers Rock by TV Woman, or Elephant by Tame Impala, or Lazy eye by Silversun Pickups, I discover myself transferring extra naturally to the music. Music induces motion.

The various motion potentialities afforded by the board enable my physique to extra simply transfer with the music. I do know it sounds corny, nevertheless it’s true. You may end up form of dancing in place with out even realizing it.

Standing on the Movemate feels finest in socks relatively than sneakers. At work, it is likely to be simpler to put on socks in relaxed environments. I work in tech, so folks may be informal. I’m used to taking off my sneakers anyway as a result of my toes ceaselessly get sizzling. However you actually need to take away your sneakers whenever you stand on this board.

The thin accordion planks (like fingers) really feel good on the toes, much like a foot therapeutic massage. We’ve got many “proprioceptors” in our toes, and with all of the movement within the board, the motion interprets into an excellent feeling within the toes.

I’ve additionally seen one other profit. Once I would stand on a flat stability board, regardless of rolling backwards and forwards, my ankles would generally go a bit numb from the static strain. With Movemate, the frequent movement of the person transferring planks retains my toes way more alive and filled with feeling. As every of the planks strikes, every of my toes strikes with it (in an unbiased movement from the opposite foot), creating not simply leg and physique motion, however intra-foot motion. It is a profit that flat boards can’t supply.

Should you completely must put on sneakers within the workplace on a regular basis, attempt getting some minimalist, zero-dop sneakers. I’ve tried standing on the board with Xero sneakers, and whereas it’s higher than standing on the board with cushiony trainers, socks are nonetheless the very best expertise.

Strolling the machine

One other nice characteristic of Movemate is the simple potential to stroll it. By stroll it I imply twist it facet to facet to maneuver ahead or again. This may seem to be a small element, nevertheless it solves an issue I’ve had with stability boards within the office.

On the stability boards, to vary the place, I might jump-scoot ahead (attempting to maneuver the cylinder with the board on the similar time). The jump-scoot would alarm my colleagues and make my instant desk neighbor suppose I used to be falling, doubtlessly on him. To keep away from giving him anxiousness, I used to be both hesitant to reposition the board or needed to ceaselessly dismount, change the place, and get again on it. With Movemate, I can simply transfer it ahead or backward with out alarming anybody. Strolling it additionally works my core a bit of.

Calf muscular tissues work

Maybe what I really like most about Movemate is that I can really feel it work my calves a bit. Keep in mind that I began standing partially to rehab my calf. After I’ve been on Movemate for some time, the subsequent day my calf muscular tissues are a bit of sore. This is likely to be from the front-to-back rocking movement. I typically swap between the front-to-back rocking with calf stretching (utilizing the board to stretch). It feels nice! Alternating between the 2 feels nice.

I’m undecided if this movement will rehab my calf with out additionally doing extra centered and rigorous PT workout routines, nevertheless it’s doing one thing. My hope is that ceaselessly sustained micro-movements all through the day is likely to be higher than half-hour of fitness center time.

Decrease again ache aid

Standing periodically on the Movemate board additionally reduces plenty of strain on my decrease again. Whereas any type of periodic standing most likely helps scale back again strain, as a result of Movemate permits me to face extra simply for longer durations, the impact on my again is extra noticeable.

I don’t know if others really feel this fashion, however after I sit for hours at a time, I can really feel my again compress down a bit. Standing up lets my vertebrae open up and breathe extra simply. In fact, if I had been to face all day, I’d most likely have comparable again ache, however the switch-off between standing and sitting appears to supply good aid for decrease again ache.

My standing routine

Once I first began out with periodic standing, I used a timer to change each 20 minutes. Nonetheless, I discovered that the timer makes it extra of a chore to face. Generally I’m merely not within the temper to face, like after I first arrive at work and have simply eaten breakfast.

As an alternative, I attempt to pay attention extra to my physique. Once I really feel my physique beginning to get stiff and compressed, I stand. It feels good to face, relatively than a chore. My rotation between standing and sitting normally works out to standing each 30-40 minutes. I’ve stopped preserving observe of my precise standing and sitting occasions. This makes the rotation way more pleasant and welcome.

Getting over the associated fee

One prohibitive issue about Movemate is the associated fee. As of October 2023, it prices $359 + transport. That is what initially made me reluctant to attempt it. Nonetheless, if you concentrate on all the cash one spends on going to bodily remedy, or on attempting different standing board options solely to seek out that they don’t work, Movemate’s value appears justified.

Additionally, the product actually is a sturdy, impressively crafted wooden unit. (I’m hesitant to name it a “board” as a result of it feels a lot greater than that.) The 14 planks/slats are thick, handled wooden with a curved backside and rotating round 3 metallic rods in a wave-like movement. There’s additionally a built-in carrying deal with. It most likely weighs 10 kilos or so.

If I’m bringing Movemate to or from work, I can match it in a skateboard backpack (which has extra depth than a standard backpack). It’s transportable, however not in a simple means as a result of, as I stated, it’s sturdy.

All I’m attempting to say that, regardless of the associated fee, you’re getting your cash’s price with this product. I feel future variations may innovate on value with different supplies, however I favor the stable really feel of the wooden.


General, should you’re contemplating attempting the Movemate, go for it. There’s a 30-day money-back assure on the positioning should you’re not proud of it. As I discussed at the beginning, this isn’t a paid submit and I don’t have an affiliate hyperlink. I’ve discovered the board to be price it, and I’m assured others will too.

About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

I am an API technical author based mostly within the Seattle space. On this weblog, I write about subjects associated to technical writing and communication — akin to software program documentation, API documentation, AI, data structure, content material technique, writing processes, plain language, tech comm careers, and extra. Try my API documentation course should you’re in search of extra information about documenting APIs. Or see my posts on AI and AI course part for extra on the newest in AI and tech comm.

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