Exercise mat review

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In this post we will review different type of yoga mat. The mat is made of various material including PVC, NBR and TPE. Moreover the material, thickness is vital. 

Material PVC mats are the most common and least expensive. They hold their shape well, making them durable and dependable. They are “sticky”, which helps them stay in place on the floor, and provide a non-slip grip to prevent sliding during poses. They are also lightweight, making them great for travel. PVC yoga mats are not typically as eco-friendly as other materials (1). NBR is a type of synthetic rubber that is water-resistant and tends to be thicker, and therefore less stable in standing poses. Its high-density nature makes it the most comfortable in terms of padding and giving cushion between you and the floor. It may stretch slightly during some poses, or leave imprints temporarily, but goes back to its shape afterwards. NBR is great for use on hard floors and users who need a low-maintenance mat(1). TPE is a more earth-friendly rubber because it is a recyclable material. Closed-cell TPE is waterproof, making it easy to clean and more durable than open cell, which absorbs water and sweat. Closed-cell TPE mats are not ideal for hot yoga due to their recyclable nature, but they can be covered by a moisture-absorbing mat towel. Dual-layered, closed-cell TPE mats are textured for a non-slip grip, making them great for any other form of yoga (1). The next vital point to think about while purchasing exercise mat, is the thickness of the mat. The thickness of your yoga mat has a lot to do with how comfortable it is — too thin, and your knee may get banged up during crescent lunge. The tradeoff is that thick yoga mats (some as thick as 1/4 inch) can make it harder for you to feel a strong connection to the floor, making you more wobbly in Tree Pose, for example (2). Options: A standard yoga mat is about 1/8 inch thick, while the thickest are about 1/4 inch. There are also wafer-thin yoga mats, often billed as “travel yoga mats,” that are a mere 1/16 inch thick. They fold easily and don’t weigh much, making them a cinch to fit in a suitcase (2). Basic buying guide: Consider how much room you have to stow your yoga mat, how important portability is, and where your sweet spot is on comfort versus being able to feel a direct connection to the floor. If you’re short on storage space, have a long schlep to the studio, and like the feel of just a little padding, opt for a standard-depth mat, in the 1/8 inch range (2). If you don’t mind carrying and storing a little more heft for the sake of more cushioning, consider a premium yoga mat that’s about 1/4 inch thick. And if you absolutely must be able to pack your yoga mat in a suitcase or carry-on, get yourself a foldable travel yoga mat in the 1/16 inch range (2). We hope this informations would be useful for you to choose your mat. You purchasing GYMOVER mats in our shop. Enjoy your practice, stay healthy and fit. References: (1). https://www.prosourcefit.com/blogs/news/how-to-choose-a-yoga-mat (16-05-2020) (2). https://www.yogastudio.co.uk/best-yoga-mat-uk


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