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For those who are curious to trying workout challenge by Chloe Ting right after read previous article, here are main things you need to consider before buy a fitness mat.
1. Type of Exercise
Choose a mat based on type of exercise. For example, the 2 Weeks Shred Challenge by Chloe Ting relies on complex movements, hence you need a mat with grips to keep your hands, feet, and back in balance. For another exercise like Yin Yoga which relies on sitting and lying movements, choose soft mat ones for your comfortable.
There are three common mat materials, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer), and NBR (Nitrile Butadiene Rubber). Each material has pros and cons, for example, PVC is most common material used for mats. Designed with dots on surface of mat as a grip to keep your balance while moving. Besides its lightweight, PVS also has good density, anti-slip, and easy to clean.
Meanwhile, NBR made of natural rubber with common thickness of 10mm which ideal for those who have joint problems. NBR also ideal for those who have allergies. Last but not least, PTE which made from recyclable material. This eco-friendly mat used back and forth, lightweight, and easy-to-carry. It is unfortunate that PTE mat is so delicate and tend to peeled off for long time usage.
Besides material, thickness also important while buying a fitness mat. This one determines comfort level and balance while moving. Thing mat with a thickness about 1.5mm also known as travel yoga mat is pretty much chosen for most people who like to travel or doing outdoor exercise but can caused pain if you used on hard surface.
Mat with standard thickness of 3mm considered as ideal choice to provide comfort and stability for exercise. While thicker mats for 6mm or 10mm provide ultimate comfort if your exercise required a lot of lying and sitting poses, but less stable for standing on legs poses.