It’s a fact that the vast majority of Americans experience back pain. And if you aren’t right now, odds are you will at some point. As hunters, we’re prime candidates for this punishing plague. We spend much of our time walking on uneven terrain or sitting in awkward positions while trying to play on the turf of tough critters. When we’re not in the field, most of us are busting our hind ends (literally) to make a buck. Some of us serve The Man from a desk chair, while others are forced to remain on their feet all day—both are equally destructive to the health of our backs. Permanently beating back pain is close to impossible … but you can minimize it.
One of the tools I recently stumbled across that’s built by professionals to ease back pain is the Stanley Utility Mat.
There’s one hunting-related activity that always seems to pound my back into submission: butchering deer. While killing a deer is always a blessing, it’s also the beginning of a demanding process to turn that fully intact venison into freezer-ready meat treats. That is, if you choose to butcher your own deer. I do. And my laborious butchering operation typically takes place in a garage with a concrete floor. It hurts. This season, however, I stood on the Stanley Utility Mat and it almost completely eliminated the back pain that I normally experience.
A company called Sleep Innovations designed the Stanley Utility Mat. As its name suggests, Sleep Innovations is a business that specializes in creating products to help people sleep better, and the beginning of a good night’s rest starts long before we turn off the bedroom lights and hit the bricks. The folks at Sleep Innovations understand this simple, yet easily overlooked science, so they worked with Stanley to offer the Utility Mat. It provides enhanced support for the muscles and joints that keep you on your feet during daytime activities. It’s made of flexible, extremely durable polyurethane—so durable that Stanley backs it up with a 20-year limited warranty. You can get a more detailed look at all of its features right here:
You can purchase a Stanley Utility Mat from Home Depot online; they cost $49.97. Whether you’re butchering a deer, working on a DIY project, or watching traffic go by from your open garage with a cold one in hand, why make it a pain? For less than 50 bones, I’d say this sweet creation from Stanley is well worth the investment.