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The best gym mats

INSIDER Logo By insider@insider.com (Nick Hastings) of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 6: Gym mats help create a comfortable spot to workout on, whether you're lifting weights, practicing yoga, or doing recovery stretches. When shopping for a gym mat, you'll want to consider how you plan on using it, how big you need the mat to be, as well as other factors like material thickness, how grippy the mat is, and your budget.Our top pick, the JadeYoga Harmony, is a great combination of value, durability, build quality, and function, and is great no matter your weekly workout routine or exercise schedule. Yoga mats. Gym mats. Workout mats. Whatever nomenclature you prefer, these are the unsung heroes of home workouts, safeguarding your body against hard floors and chafing while protecting the floor itself from sweat.These days, being able to stretch and exercise in your bedroom or living room has become a vital part of everyone's daily schedule. After all, keeping our immune systems strong and our bodies healthy is incredibly important right now.Doing so doesn't require a full at-home gym setup of expensive gear and equipment, either. With a proper gym mat, you're able to do everything from dumbbell and exercise ball routines to yoga or meditation practice. Best of all, a mat lets you stay comfortable as you keep active — but not all gym mats you find online are necessarily created equal. To help, we combed through a selection of available gym mats to find the best for your at-home workouts. So, no matter if you're on a budget or want a mat that's heavy on padding, there's a mat designed specifically for you,How to shop for a gym matBefore deciding which one deserves space on your living room floor, it's important to keep in mind how different some gym mats can be — no matter how similar they all may seem. Differences that appear minor can actually have a significant impact on your workout experience (and, as a result, the way you feel in the following hours and days). Specifically, keep in mind these four basic features: Comfort, size, texture, and price. Comfort: The most important factor for most buyers is comfort, and a mat's material and thickness are both significant factors in that. Mats tend to range from one to six millimeters in thickness and feature a variety of materials in their construction.Size: Standard mats are 24 inches by 68 inches, though some are bigger or smaller, depending on their intended use. For example, travel mats can be both thinner and smaller than a normal at-home mat and thus, won't provide as much cushion, comfort, or durability.Texture: You'll also want to consider whether the texture of the mat is slick or grippy -- nobody wants to slide off the mat and crash to the floor in the middle of a complex yoga pose. These are especially useful to keep in mind for anyone who sweats often during exercise, or feels that sticky mats don't allow them the range of motion they need.Price: Finally, price is also a major factor. While some may not blink an eye at throwing down hundreds to enhance their home workout, we know it's not everyone's desire to live that "spend $150 on a yoga mat" life. Thankfully, there are still plenty of workout mats perfect for a wide range of budgets.Here are the best at-home gym mats:JadeYoga Harmony Yoga MatBalanceFrom GoYoga MatLiforme Original Yoga MatLottus Life Natural Jute Fiber MatRead the original article on Insider

The best gym mats

  • Gym mats help create a comfortable spot to workout on, whether you're lifting weights, practicing yoga, or doing recovery stretches. 
  • When shopping for a gym mat, you'll want to consider how you plan on using it, how big you need the mat to be, as well as other factors like material thickness, how grippy the mat is, and your budget.
  • Our top pick, the JadeYoga Harmony, is a great combination of value, durability, build quality, and function, and is great no matter your weekly workout routine or exercise schedule. 

Yoga mats. Gym mats. Workout mats. Whatever nomenclature you prefer, these are the unsung heroes of home workouts, safeguarding your body against hard floors and chafing while protecting the floor itself from sweat.

These days, being able to stretch and exercise in your bedroom or living room has become a vital part of everyone's daily schedule. After all, keeping our immune systems strong and our bodies healthy is incredibly important right now.

Doing so doesn't require a full at-home gym setup of expensive gear and equipment, either. With a proper gym mat, you're able to do everything from dumbbell and exercise ball routines to yoga or meditation practice. Best of all, a mat lets you stay comfortable as you keep active — but not all gym mats you find online are necessarily created equal. 

To help, we combed through a selection of available gym mats to find the best for your at-home workouts. So, no matter if you're on a budget or want a mat that's heavy on padding, there's a mat designed specifically for you,

How to shop for a gym mat

Before deciding which one deserves space on your living room floor, it's important to keep in mind how different some gym mats can be — no matter how similar they all may seem. Differences that appear minor can actually have a significant impact on your workout experience (and, as a result, the way you feel in the following hours and days). Specifically, keep in mind these four basic features: Comfort, size, texture, and price

  • Comfort: The most important factor for most buyers is comfort, and a mat's material and thickness are both significant factors in that. Mats tend to range from one to six millimeters in thickness and feature a variety of materials in their construction.
  • Size: Standard mats are 24 inches by 68 inches, though some are bigger or smaller, depending on their intended use. For example, travel mats can be both thinner and smaller than a normal at-home mat and thus, won't provide as much cushion, comfort, or durability.
  • Texture: You'll also want to consider whether the texture of the mat is slick or grippy -- nobody wants to slide off the mat and crash to the floor in the middle of a complex yoga pose. These are especially useful to keep in mind for anyone who sweats often during exercise, or feels that sticky mats don't allow them the range of motion they need.
  • Price: Finally, price is also a major factor. While some may not blink an eye at throwing down hundreds to enhance their home workout, we know it's not everyone's desire to live that "spend $150 on a yoga mat" life. Thankfully, there are still plenty of workout mats perfect for a wide range of budgets.

Here are the best at-home gym mats:

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