Yoga Mat v. Fitness Mat: Which is Better?

Yoga Mat v. Fitness Mat: Which is Better? - Cambivo

1. What is a yoga mat and who buys this product?

When Ann Pizer was asked to produce an article for the Very Well Fit website blog, she informed her readers that "Not all yoga mats are created equal!" A fascinating comment for what most people believe to be basic gear yoga practitioners pick up without giving much thought to product differences.
The Fact is, yoga mats are as unique as the people who buy them for both cushioning and traction. And by acquiring one that you'll use exclusively, you won't expose yourself to bacteria or fungus that may be prevalent on mats shared by multiple people at gyms, clubs and studios.
What is a yoga mat
As a rule, the standard yoga mat size is 24- by 68-inches, though longer ones for taller people aren't hard to find. They fit every budget. What differentiates the cheap from the pricey? The quality of the workmanship and components used to craft each one. Some are even made using environmentally responsible production methods and materials.
These three materials "dominate" the market, writes Pizer, and you can use these descriptions to choose one best suited to your needs and sensibilities:
1.1 PVC mats are manufactured of non-biodegradable synthetics, deliver excellent traction and they're a bit thicker. Give a PVC mat extra break-in time because the material is relatively stiff.
1.2 Rubber mats offer lots of grips, great traction and are heavier than PVC and TPE due to the nature of this natural, renewable, biodegradable material. New rubber mats can be smelly, but the odor dissipates with use. Currently, shoppers are discovering rubber/polyurethane hybrids that offer great practice surfaces.
1.3. TPE mat is the natural selection of yoga fans who worry about biodegradability. This man-made synthetic isn't very durable, but you may not care once you see how soft and lightweight these mats are. The TPE stands for thermoplastic elastomer, an odorless biodegradable material that is soft and slips-resistant.
Yoga mat uses transcend studio work and a more diverse universe of people than you may imagine exists, according to the website Society6 where editors keep track of market trends. Among those most often found shopping for these mats are:
- Health and fitness advocates
- Active travelers
- Young women in their 20s and 30s
- Yoga practitioners
- Men and women seeking stress relief
- Yoga advocates with disposable income
- Yogis seek meditative and spiritual development plus health benefits.


2. What is an exercise/sports mat and where are they used?

According to Medical News Today reporters, exercise mats fall into the "fitness equipment" category and offer folks a comfortable surface on which to work out without worrying about slipping, falling, or being injured. Workout mats provide a comfortable surface on which to exercise and they are available in a variety of colors and materials, both online and at retail locations.
Exercise mats come in a variety of types. Some help exercisers stabilize themselves on rubber gym floors, so they don't drop weights while others are designed for Pilates advocates that not only curb slipping but also cushion the body during the workout. All exercise mats can prevent or reduce aches and pains, they're easy to clean and store.
For folks who focus on weight training -- either at gyms or home -- exercise mats that last longest and perform best are those proven to be durable, water- and odor-resistant, and proficient at reducing harmful impact on the body and the floor. They come in myriad sizes, styles and a wide range of price points. If you've got a home gym, you could find an invaluable exercise mat.


3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of yoga mats?

PVC Yoga Mat
TPE Yoga Mat
Rubber Yoga Mat
Easy to wash
Resists bacteria
Excellent sticky grip
    They are inexpensive
    Easy to wash
    Resists bacteria
    Won't produce hazardous byproducts
    Easy to fold and transport
    Maybe recyclable in certain areas
      Sustainably sourced
      Strong and durable
        Not recyclable
        PVC reacts with other materials to produce toxic chemicals
        Offensive smell when new
          Material leaves a big carbon footprint
          Slow decomposition in landfills
            May prompt allergic reactions
            Heavier than other mat types


              4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of exercise mats?

              Protects and supports your jointsOffers an extra measure of safetyPromotes balance and stabilityMay prevent slips and fallsCreates a barrier between your body and the floor
                Some workouts don't require mats (e.g., standing, seated, cardio, and suspension exercises)
                Exercise mats used by multiple people can produce bacteria build-up
                Requires frequent cleaning in public spaces to reduce health risks


                  5. Different needs determine which mat to choose

                  The subtle differences between yoga and exercise mats may seem inconsequential but there are reasons these two types of products are marketed to specific users who have very different needs and requirements. Perhaps the most distinct difference is the "sticky" nature of yoga mats.
                  Thicker exercise mats can hamper those undertaking yoga poses, but a thin mat won't interfere with moves requiring precise balance. Fitness mats, as a rule, tend to be thicker and shorter, offer a smoother surface and don't provide as much "grip" as practitioners of yoga required.
                  Further, yoga poses frequently require both hands and feet to be placed on the mat, which is why experts say that a mat for yoga that measures less than 2m (5.56 feet) may not be your best choice.

                  Whether your favorite is yoga or fitness, both types of mats are easy to find and offer lots of versatility in terms of size, color and price. Which one of these useful mats is likely to wind up in your fitness arsenal?
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