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Why You Should Use An Exercise Mat

Updated on March 12, 2012

Floor workouts at gym require mats


protect yourself during workouts with a mat

Walk into any gym around the country and you will see a bunch of sweaty people with their hands pressing weights, using the stair stepper or cycle or bouncing around on the floor. All these people are certainly getting a good workout and getting healthy. They are also spreading a lot of germs around the gym. In fact, gyms are breeding grounds for all sorts of nasty germs and other peoples sweat. Don’t become a willing victim. Protect yourself from those nasty germs waiting for a new home. And that new home is a residence with you. Use a good quality exercise mat.

Worthy Gym Investment

An exercise mat is actually one of the most important pieces of equipment that you could own. It keeps things sanitary and protects your joints while exercising. Wouldn’t you invest twenty or so dollars to protect your body and improve sanitary conditions at your local gym? Make the exercise mat a part of all your workouts at the gym.

Important Gym Accessory

So, what is the most important gym accessory? Some might say that it is a cute little exercise outfit that they spotted at the local boutique or flashy designer workout shoes. No, it is the exercise mat. And remember to always purchase a mat that is made out of high quality material to make sure that it last for a long time.

Exercise Mat Selection

Length is also important in your exercise mat selection. Make sure that the exercise mat is at least 6 feet long. This is usually long enough for the average individual. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Those who are very tall certainly require a longer mat. Mat thickness is also important. The mat should be about 3/8 inch thick for exercises like Pilates or Yoga. The mat should have a bottom that grips the floor and does not slide around. You certainly don’t want a mat that slips and slides across the gym floor. The mat should also be very light and made out of breathable material. You certainly don’t want a mat that is heavy and difficult to move around. The mat should be portable and easy to fold up and store away.

Mats are readily available today at just about every price range. There are mats made especially for Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics. Those who actively participate in exercise should purchase one as soon as possible. An exercise mat makes exercising more fun and might ensure that you keep active and workout longer and harder.


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