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Exercise Mats Contribute to the Home Fitness Programme

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Many home and school floors are not ideal for exercising. Unlike the specialised floors in many fitness centres or athletic training rooms, home floors are made merely for walking and for providing a platform for furniture. A wood floor over a concrete slab is not an ideal surface for yoga, nor is a cold ceramic floor. How can one make the home floor more suitable for fitness activities without building an expensive fitness facility? Simply use a quality gym mat or exercise mat while exercising.

Exercise mats create the additional warmth and resilience needed for comfortable exercise or workout on any floor. Mats also protect the user from abrasions, slips, injuries and bruises caused by hard floors. At the same time, the floor is protected from any equipment a person might be using. Increased comfort can lead to increased fitness, since a more comfortable floor makes longer exercise sessions possible.

Another big advantage of using a gym mat is a psychological advantage. A cold, hard, uninviting floor is an excuse to avoid exercise and workout. Having a professional-looking gym mat helps set the mood for exercising, just as a well-appointed desk is conducive to good study habits. A quality gym mat, along with proper shoes, clothing, training, and equipment, contributes to a complete home fitness programme.

Futher Information:

Daily Mail Gym Workout
Rehabilitation Exercise Workout

Gym Mat Guide

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

While the purchase of a gym mat may seem like a simple enough decision, this isn’t entirely so. There are many different types of gym mats on the market and what you choose can make a difference.

Many of the mats are designed with a specific activity in mind, be it yoga, exersice, cycling and there are also different makes and models of these products. Selecting the wrong one can decrease performance and add to muscle aches, just to name a few things.

Before buying any type of gym equipment, it’s always best to know what you need and know a little bit about the product.

Some of the most common types of gym mats are the tumbling mats, yoga mats and those of the folding variety. Thickness of these mats can vary significantly and this should be taken into consideration. The tumbling mat is somewhat thicker, allowing for greater shock absorbency, the folding gym mat is meant for general use and typically doesn’t provide a lot of protection. These are most commonly used in schools and beginner classes. The yoga mats are also among those that come with a little extra cushioning and are somewhat thicker than the other varieties.

A step beyond exercise mats

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Our range of exercise mats can not only be used in a home or professional gym setting.

This week’s blog reports creative ideas on how gym mats can be put to use.

Use gym mats in the kitchen to:
- Provide a cushioned surface to stand on. Standing by a sink or stove for hours on hard tile or wood hurts the feet!
- Protect tile from being cracked by heavy falling items such as pots or pans. If you have tile floors a gym mat can also lessen the chance of ceramic cups or bowls breaking when dropped since the gym mats have a surface with a bit of give.
- Around bar stools, pushing back barstools can scratch wood floors easily. A gym mat protects the floor around bar stools.

Use gym mats in the office to:
- Protect your office floor from tables and chairs being dragged across a surface.
- Make your desk chairs roll more easily. Desk chairs do not roll well on carpet, and can damage hardwood floors with the constant rolling back and forth across the surface. Use a gym mat to make a desk chair roll more easily across carpet or to protect your wood floors.

In the living room:
- Use a gym mat to protect your living room floor from exercise equipment, piano benches, and couches that get moved.
- Designate a kid’s play area with gym mats – especially in a living room with hard floors, the gym mats provide a protective surface against kids falling. Gym mats also protect the floor from kid’s play activities – markers and crayons, spilled paint, etc, and are easier to clean than carpet.