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Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Yoga Mat

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Yoga Mat

Having a floor solution for your exercise area is essential for many reasons. Firstly, a mat provides cushion which reduces impact from exercises and discomfort from pressing bones/joints against the floor. Secondly, a mat provides traction, which is important for exercises such as Yoga and Pilates. Finally, a mat is also a protection for your floor. Not only can a mat protect hardwood flooring from scratches, it also protects hard-to-clean flooring, such as carpet, from dripping sweat.

There are many different types of mats available for exercises. Through our experience, we recommend a high quality Yoga mat as the floor solution for home fitness because it offers a great combination between size, price, density, traction, and portability. Most important of all, one can simply roll up a Yoga mat and store it efficiently at the corner or underneath a bed. This is especially attractive when there is no dedicated area for fitness, e.g. working out in a living room & bedroom.

In this section, we present some factors that are important when selecting a Yoga mat. We have also provided some useful links which contains information on different types of mat at the end of this section.

Thickness

Why is it important?

Thickness is related to the comfort of your yoga mat

What’s the trade off?

Thicker = more cushion, but feels less connected to the floor

Thinner = more portable and easier to store

Consideration?

Amount of travelling you do

Amount of storage space you have

Be sure to pay attention to sponginess of the mat. You are better off having a mid-thickness but sturdy mat, than a thick, but very spongy mat.

What’s on the market?

1/8” – Standard

1/16” – Travel Size

¼” – Thick

Material

Why is it important?

You feel the material every time you use the mat.

It would also be great if the material is eco-friendly

What’s the trade off?

Eco-friendly materials = thicker, more $

Consideration?

If you are allergic to latex, avoid buying rubber Yoga mats

What’s on the market?

PVC – Standard

Poly-urethane coating – Strong grip even when there is lots of sweat

Natural Material (e.g. Jute, Natural/Recycled Rubber, Cotton) – Comfortable and eco-friendly

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Yoga Mat

Texture

Why is it important?

The texture is related to the amount of traction the mat has

What’s the trade off?

Smooth = no added traction, easier to clean

Patterned = added traction, harder to clean

Consideration?

PVC mat feels smoother and softer, even when they are textured

Mats from natural materials such as jute and cotton feels rougher

What’s on the market?

Many different varieties of texture, from completely smooth to roughly textured

Size

Why is it important?

Just like your mattress, size matters

What’s the trade off?

Larger size = heavier, requires more space when rolled up, higher price

Consideration?

If you are also using the yoga mat as an exercise mat, we recommend that you go for a larger mat.

However, larger is not better unless it fits into your exercise space.

What’s on the market?

68” x 24” = standard

Traction

Why is it important?

Traction prevents you from sliding around on the yoga mat.

What’s the trade off?

The optimal amount of traction varies from person to person

Consideration?

The over traction comes from both the material and texture

Be sure to keep your yoga mat clean

What’s on the market?

A wide range on the amount of traction

What others are saying about purchasing a Yoga Mat:

其他不同類型軟墊的常用連結: