Exercise mats are quickly becoming the must have piece of equipment. An exercise mat can be used in variety of different exercises to make your routine more comfortable. Being comfortable throughout your workout allows you to have a more effective session, especially for floor exercises.
Although it isn’t necessary to use an exercise mat many people prefer to use them. Whether you’re on your hands or on your back, it’s nice to have a barrier between you and the ground helping to alleviate pressure on sensitive knees, wrists or hips. Gym mat are handy to have, especially if you regularly do floor based strength training, yoga or Pilates.
Often used for crunches and stretching, Fitness mats are large and tend to be around half an inch thick. They can easily absorb some of the impact from your workout and a cushioned barrier between you and the floor during exercise. These mats offer additional comfort when sitting, lying or stretching and can be used on with either hard floors or carpet. These wouldn’t necessarily be the best for activities such as yoga as it doesn’t offer the necessary traction. Yoga mats provide a thin, non-slip surface and work best on a smooth floor. These mats offer a thin padding that will not offer much support through general exercise. A yoga mat can be easily cleaned and are convenient to travel with.