To me this is as necessary as a good dishwasher. It helps me cook for longer. If I don't spend as much time and more importantly effort cleaning up, then I can cook more and create more. The Kitchen mat, in a similar sense has become this way for me. It helps me stand longer without pain. It reduces fatigue, reduces heel pain, cracked feet and a whole bunch of other pains (Specially with my FM condition).
I've actually managed to convince some of my friends to buy em' and they love it too :) They don't have such health issues but even then, their feet feel better.
After buying this and using it for about 3 years, I cannot do without it. I have to say it has become a must for me. In fact, check out the below pics of my really old kitchen mat and the new one.
These are actually the cheaper kinds, I buy both them at Bed Bath & Beyond as well as Costco. (Please note I am not getting paid by either Bed Bath or Costco to promote these). However if I could afford it, I would buy a Gel pro mat. I've always eyed them before but never owned them. So I can't vouch for this type. If you'd like one, check it out at FoodBuzz
I would highly recommend them
- If you have wooden or stone floors,
- If you have lower back pain or knee pain
- If you find your feet hurting after cooking very often.