Are you tired of running or cycling and want to change your sport? Fitness seems to be an excellent alternative for people who want to stay in shape! Indeed, fitness refers to all physical activities that allow you to improve your physical condition and your lifestyle, with a view to your well-being. It is therefore a dynamic and intense practice requiring the execution of ample and rhythmic movements. It is therefore important to equip yourself with the best equipment to progress efficiently without risk of injury. In this blog post, you will discover all the criteria to consider when choosing your ideal fitness mat.
A stable mat on the floor to prevent slipping
Stability is one of the most important criteria when choosing your fitness mat! Stability is about two things: stability on the groundwhich will be provided by the base of your mat (natural rubber at Yogom), and your stability on the matThis will depend on the density of the material chosen for the carpet. If your mat does not grip the floor properly, you may slip and injure yourself during your yoga, gym or fitness exercises.
Choose a mat with a natural rubber base, this material is both efficient and ecological Thanks to its weight, it provides great stability on the ground. But it’s dense enough that you won’t sink in your balancing poses, and it’s a biodegradable material that is very durable over time.
A durable coating that won’t get damaged by sneakers
You must pay particular attention to to the covering of your carpet When you choose your product, because it will be particularly solicited, it is important that it is of good quality. Indeed, you will practice with shoes on your mat, so it is important that its surface is solid!
It is therefore preferable to choose a textile microfiber coatingthis material is both soft, with a natural peach skin touch. But it is also resistant For example, TPE foam and polyurethane are coatings that have many qualities, but they are too fragile for an intense fitness practice with shoes.
An absorbent coating
Fitness is a sport that requires a lot of physical effort, it is not uncommon to sweat during your session, it is therefore important that your mat cover is absorbent!
In fact, to avoid slipping during your session, it is preferable to choose a covering that absorbs perspiration and moisture. The microfiber textile is a particularly efficient material in this field! This material allows people with a tendency to sweat to practice in complete serenity thanks to its absorbent texture and its thickness of 4 mm. This means you can perform a series of quick, fluid movements without the mat moving an inch. The more you sweat, the more the mat adheres to your hands and feet and becomes non-slip!
Do you do fitness, yoga and Pilates?
If you are used to practicing different sports on your mat, such as yoga, gym, fitness and Pilates, it is very important that your mat is versatile. Prefer a carpet with a solid coating such as textile microfiber, and not like TPE foam or polyurethane.
It is important to choose a mat on which you can practice with shoes. So that you can practice intense and dynamic sports without worrying about damaging your mat.
This carpet should not be too thickIt could cause you to lose your balance during your exercises or postures. But it must still be comfortable to protect your joints, especially at the level of the knees during the practice of Pilates.
A Yoga mat made of natural rubber and microfiber
Do you tend to sweat and are you looking for a high performance, eco-friendly yoga mat? Then the Performance Yoga Mat is for you! With its natural rubber base black, you will not slip one centimeter during your postures, this material is both resistant, adherent to the ground, ecological and flexible enough that you can fold the carpet on itself and create a double layer. Its thickness will bring comfort to your exercises, and will allow the protection of your joints.
Its microfiber textile coating is very absorbentThis is why it is particularly recommended for people who tend to sweat! Indeed, in addition to being soft and comfortable with its natural peach skin touch, the textile microfiber coating becomes non-slip when in contact with perspiration. If you are not sweating, you can moisten it slightly with water at the beginning of the session. In addition, this surface is solid and hardly gets dirty, it is ideal for a daily practice of soft yoga as well as dynamic, fitness, weight training, gymnastics and even Pîlates.
This carpet is available in several colors and patterns, at a price of 95 eur. Enjoy a free carrying strap and fast shipping when you purchase the Performance Yoga Mat!
A recycled Yoga mat made of rubber and cork
The Alma cork yoga mat made in Portugal is composed of a natural rubber base that provides optimal stability on the floor and a cork cover, a naturally non-slip material. Indeed, cork has many qualities, it is absorbent, resistant, rot-proof, anti-bacterial, shock-absorbing but especially ecological. It is very versatile, you can practice many sports: yoga, gym, fitness, Pilates, it is ideal for an intense discipline as soft. The Alma cork yoga mat is as much about your needs as it is about your beliefs.
This carpet is probably the most ecological of the market, it is certified vegan, but it is not organic: there is no organic standard for this type of product. It is available on yogom’s eshop for 129 eur, and delivery is offered in all France from a minimum order!
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Yoga and Pilates are two types of gentle gymnastics with the objective of harmonizing the mind gently, the body building… However, there are differences between these two practices:
Yoga appeared several thousands of years ago in India, it aims to make the body and mind work simultaneously to work the body and the spirit simultaneously. It is a very complete sport, thanks to many exercises, it allows toadjust breathing, develop flexibility and balance. But also and enter a state of relaxation or intense meditation. It has the effect of improving stress management in its practitioners, thus allowing for better mental development. There is a wide variety of yoga: gentle, dynamic, intense, hot, and all are practiced in different ways: with props, lying on the floor…
The Pilates method is a set of physical exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It is more of a fitness or rehabilitation activity. It focuses almost exclusively on the development of the body, deep muscles to improve posture and flexibility of joints. Pilates exercises consist of holding postures to relax muscles and strengthen weaker muscles.
What is the difference between yoga and fitness?
Fitness is an intense and beneficial physical activity for the body, it allows you to work physical condition and improve cardiovascular performance. The practice of fitness includes many exercises: weight training, cardio, zumba, body combat, aqua aerobics, cycling, Pilates, abs and buttocks…It allows you to work on the appearance of your body, to become more flexible, to build muscle and to lose weight, but it does not allow a work on the mind as yoga does.
During exercise on the yoga mat, the yogi’s breathing rate tends to drop, while during fitness exercises it tends to increase. When practicing fitness, gym or weight training, the body temperature tends to increase. Conversely, it is not uncommon for the body temperature to drop during the practice of yoga, especially gentle yoga such as Yin or Nidra Yoga.
Which material for which practice?
Fitness, yoga and Pilates are different sports, so you won’t necessarily need the same equipment to practice them. To progress in the best conditions, at your own pace and by listening to your body, it is essential to get the right yoga equipment.
There are different criteria that will help you choose the best equipment for your sport. For example the solidity of the surface is important if you want to practice an intense discipline with shoes, or the density of the mat if you have to perform many postures in balance. Or again the thickness of the mat if the practice involves prolonged body support, in order to protect the joints.
However, regardless of the practice, the stability of the mat on the ground is the only criterion that should not be overlooked. This is why Yogom has chosen natural rubber, a flexible, resistant material that is heavy enough to provide stability, for the majority of its carpet lines. As for the covering, Yogom has chosen TPE foam, polyurethane and textile microfiber, comfortable, non-slip, ecological and very versatile materials. They allow you to practice all kinds of sports: yoga, gym, fitness, weight training, Pilates…
Why practice yoga in addition to fitness
It is true that fitness allows you to stay in shape, burn fat, work on your physical condition, but it does not allow you to totally relax your body and mind.
A scientific study has shown that combining yoga and fitness is beneficial for people with heart disease. take care of your health, learn to relaxbut also to improve the appearance of your musclesIt is interesting to practice yoga in addition to your fitness sessions!
Yoga helps to reduce stress and negative thoughtsYou will be less anxious and more focused on the goals you want to achieve. The yoga postures have the effect of to stretch your muscles and joints, to circulate energy in your body through the breathwhich considerably increases your stamina. endurance.
Integrating yoga into your fitness, gym or weight training practice will help you stay healthy, tone your muscles and sculpt your figure.
Why practice yoga in addition to fitness
It is interesting to practice dynamic yoga in addition to a fitness session, to help warm up muscles and joints, optimize physical performance but also minimize the risk of injury.
Combining fitness with dynamic yoga allows you to develop your ability to control your breath, but also to improve the oxygenation of your muscles. Improved breathing provides the muscle tissue with the oxygen it needs to regenerate.
To progress efficiently while listening to your body, it is recommended to target the areas to be worked at the beginning of the session, thenwait 48 hours before using them again, in order to give the muscles time to regenerate and not to damage your muscle fibers.
A gentle yoga to stretch
Gentle yoga can be the solution to stabilize your mood, release toxins and accumulated stress, and enjoy the full benefits of fitness on the body. It is therefore particularly wise to practice a gentle yoga after a fitness or weight training session, and in particular to carry out the posture of savasana, to allow its body to slacken and slacken,
It allows a better capacity of recovery, to minimize the negative consequences of too intense exercises on the body (tear…) thanks to its numerous stretching. Yoga stimulates muscle development by stretching the fasciasa fibro-elastic membrane that membrane that envelops our muscles, giving them a better shape and a better ability to contract.
In addition, gentle yoga such as Yin Yoga increases your ability to concentrate and boosts your stamina, which goes hand in hand with fitness, which aims to improve your endurance.
You want to buy a quality and ecological yoga mat but you don’t know which one to choose? Yogom has created especially for you a guide which will allow you to choose a yoga mat adapted to your discipline, your needs but also your convictions! Then go to the eshop of Yogom to discover the reversible mats in TPE foam of the Yomad range (blue, pink…), a material which revolutionizes the PVC, but also the foldable travel mat or the yoga accessories in merino sheep wool of the softness range, the brick in eva foam!
Do you want to practice gentle or dynamic yoga independently, without leaving your home? Then go to the youtube channel of Yogom to discover a large selection of videos that will allow you to progress at your own pace!
If you are looking for protection for your yoga mat, equip yourself with a cotton mat carrier bag from Yogom, it has a small pocket that can be used to store your keys or electronic devices.
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allows everyone to get a quality and ecological yoga equipment at very low prices: from 30 eur to 76 eur. Enjoy fast shipping and a free carrying strap with the purchase of a Yogom yoga mat!
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