The Mat Matters
Whatever your exercise of choice, you can benefit from using a mat for your workout. For a person who is blind or visually impaired, the mat provides a sense of orientation, and a safe space in which to move. For some, the mat is a sacred space in which to reflect and meditate. If you are practicing yoga, having a surface that grips your hands and feet while you hold a pose is helpful. If you are doing pilates or other floor work, a mat may provide the needed cushioning.
In general, mats are usually about 24 inches wide and 68-72 inches long, which will accommodate most body types.
The mat we recommend is a nice option for those doing multiple kinds of workouts because it provides enough traction for yoga and enough padding for other types of floor workouts.
Caring for your mat is simple but important. Use a wipe, a moistened cloth, or a spray bottle to clean both sides after each session or as needed using your cleaner of choice. It is best to avoid harsh chemicals. Either dry the mat fully, or allow it to air dry completely by hanging it on a chair or shower curtain rod before rolling it. Folding or rolling a mat that is not completely dry will cause bacteria to accumulate.
A mat can make your workout more comfortable, and help you gain greater overall flexibility -- a fantastic health benefit for a minimal investment.
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