Searching for gym mats online can be tricky. You need to keep in mind your preferences and what is recommended. The toughest part for people buying for the first time is that you don’t know your preferences.
Comfort and protection
The first thing you need to look for while looking up a gym mat online is comfort and protection. After all that is the whole point of a gym mat. The gym mat must be thick enough for you to not injure your knees or joints and feel comfortable while working out. The ideal thickness of a gym mat is ¼ – ½ of an inch. Make sure to check it in the description. Now some of you may believe in the idea of the more the better, but that is not the case when it comes to gym mats. For example, if it is too thick it may make it difficult for you to balance as you won’t be able to feel the floor and all you’ll be balancing on will be a thick layer of foam. Since gym mats are also used for yoga, we have to make sure that they are comfortable enough to do difficult yoga positions on it too. Too thick of a gym mat makes positions like Virksana or the tree pose nearly impossible to perform. A gym mat that is too thick is just a glorified mattress.
In a gym mat, grip means protection. If your gym mat doesn’t grip the floor or is too slippery on the upper side, the chances of you getting slipped and injuring yourself are pretty high. Gym mats these days come with either ribbed surface or grippers for ultimate grip on the floor. Some also come with non-slip surface on both sides for ultimate grip and safety.
Easy to clean
A gym mat is supposed to last for years. And over the time it may pick up some dirt while being transported or stored or it may just get wet because of perspiration. Because of all these factors you may need to clean them every now and then. This should be done with water and soap and the ones with a non absorbent surface are ideal.
This feature may not sound as important but after a couple of weeks of having to carry a “rug” to and from the gym, you may regret your decision of ignoring it. The gym mat has to be lightweight and easy to carry around because not being able to do so can prove to be a demotivating factor for beginners. An added gym mat strap can make the job a lot easier. But why pay extra for one when you could get it included with the price you pay for your gym mat. While ordering a gym mat online you can just look for the ones that come with a standard strap and this could save you up to 8 dollars of hard earned money. There are several other extras such as towels, bags, hand towels etc. that you can get at a bargain if you spend a little more time instead of dedicating your browser’s tabs to the first five gym mats for sale you see on Amazon or Ebay.
While browsing through gym mats for sale, make sure you check the size of one before you add it to your cart especially if you’re over 6 feet tall. You do not want to run out of mat while performing the Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog position) or the Bhujangasana (modified cobra). If the gym mat isn’t long enough, you might even run out of it while doing a plank in the gym to strengthen your core. This is not just embarrassing but the moment you realize that you’re short of mat is the moment you lose all your concentration. Plus don’t get me started on how hard it is to sell your gym mat that is not the ideal size and buying another one can prove to be an ordeal. The ideal sizes that you must look for must be 68 to 74 inches in length and 24 to 32 inches in width.
What is it made of?
While you’re going through the details of the gym mat in your favourite colour make sure you also read what is it made of or if the manufacturer has used latex or any sort of heavy metal in the making. This may sound a little farfetched but constant exposure to latex can cause an allergic reaction which can lead to rashes and other skin problems the risk is increased when you’re sweating.
So, every time you’re going through a page which lists gym mats for sale, I hope that you will take into account all the things mentioned above and make the right choice when it comes to this investment in your journey to stay fit and healthy.