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Yoga Mats VS Exercise Mats?

MelroxsoxMelroxsox Posts: 1,040Member Member Posts: 1,040Member Member
Is there much of a difference between the two? Should I be making sure to use a thicker mat when doing ab work? And how much should I really worry about spending on one? I've seen many VARIED prices...wondering if it's a "you get what you pay for item" or if I would be fine going to my local Walmart and purchasing a more economical version. Thanks!!:tongue:

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  • AtlantiqueAtlantique Posts: 2,484Member Member Posts: 2,484Member Member
    The Yoga mats get a little sticky when they're wet, so you don't slide off them when you get sweaty (as one tends to do yoga barefoot). They also are easier to store beause they're thinner.

    Anything that I need padding for, I just do on a carpeted surface.
  • ekicinskekicinsk Posts: 92Member Member Posts: 92Member Member
    eh, get one from walmart/target...unless you're doing tons of yoga and need the extra grip or you have hard floors, its basically to add a little extra cushion and, for me at least, to make sure i'm not getting my gross sweat all over the carpet.

    Also, if you go to the store and get one, its instant gratification and you can pick from all the pretty colors and designs! :)
  • MelroxsoxMelroxsox Posts: 1,040Member Member Posts: 1,040Member Member
    lol yay! I love all the pretty colors! hahaha:laugh: I will be using it on a hard floor surface, so no carpet cushioning for me.
  • knittnponderknittnponder Posts: 1,973Member Member Posts: 1,973Member Member
    I have a big, thick, cooshy mat but I have hardwood floors and the old bones can't take it on the thin ones. :) If I had carpeting I would probably be fine with a thinner one. Doing plyometrics on hardwood is hard for my body parts so I use the cooshy mat for that too. BTW, my spell checker hates the word "cooshy". :tongue:
  • abyt42abyt42 Posts: 1,366Member Member Posts: 1,366Member Member
    I use my yoga mat frequently, both in yoga and for exercise class. It appears to be sufficient, though I also have a very large towel that I use as a yoga blanket, so that's an option for padding (I've not needed it except as a bolster in yoga.)
  • pkpzp228pkpzp228 Posts: 146Member Posts: 146Member
    My advice is if you're going to be using a mat for both yoga and and exercise where you're using shoes get both. Depending on how deep your yoga practice gets, you may begin to view your mat as more sacred than something you want to be jazzercizing on. Besides that if it's a yoga mat you wont get as much life out of it if you're stomping all over it.
  • MelroxsoxMelroxsox Posts: 1,040Member Member Posts: 1,040Member Member
    I have a big, thick, cooshy mat but I have hardwood floors and the old bones can't take it on the thin ones. :) If I had carpeting I would probably be fine with a thinner one. Doing plyometrics on hardwood is hard for my body parts so I use the cooshy mat for that too. BTW, my spell checker hates the word "cooshy". :tongue:

    Hahaha I love the word "cooshy" lolll:happy:
  • MisdemeanorMMisdemeanorM Posts: 3,499Member Member Posts: 3,499Member Member
    one thing to keep in mind about exercise mats is that often they are somewhat stretchy. they don't work well for yoga or push ups or things like that because they are made for cushioning and not things that require pushing in opposite directions at the same time or they move. Yoga and exercise mats are not really interchangeable. A yoga mat could work for abs etc just to somewhat avoid the spine vs the hardwood floor issue but I'd recommend an actual exercise mat if you are not working out on carpet. An exercise mat generally won't work well as a yoga mat though - unless you get into the much pricier mats. I have a yoga mat and an exercise mat (I like it for abs and also when I did plyometrics barefoot - since I hate shoes!). Both from WalMart (or maybe the yoga mat is from Marshalls?). Each $10 or less.
  • masterbeanmasterbean Posts: 6Member Posts: 6Member
    I would say it depends on what you're wanting to do. If you're wanting to do Yoga, use a Yoga mat.
    I have both Yoga and exercise mats, I do everything but Yoga on the exercise mats as I have hard wood floors and the Yoga mats really don't have any cushion.
    For ab work-outs, I tried just a Yoga mat and it just wasn't enough cushion for my bum. I know, we all want to spend as little as possible...but look at it more as inspiration. We're far less likely to give up on something we've invested in.
  • EricPogamatEricPogamat Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
    I found a mat that is durable and oversize so you can do all types of workouts. pogamat.com
  • johnarnold66johnarnold66 Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    Looks good but well pricey... The pogamat strap is more expensive than the Kamachi mat I bought, and that came with a strap! Must say though, that on a tiled floor, the yoga mat is a bit thin for me, but I'm getting old and need some extra cushioning... Not going to pay that much though will look for a cheaper alternative such as HemingWeigh
  • gallowglasslassgallowglasslass Posts: 19Member Member Posts: 19Member Member
    I like the thicker folding mats, especially for anything that puts my spine in contact with the floor. Also remember that (if all goes as planned) your backside will be somewhat less padded in the future, and you may want a thicker mat by then. I don't see the one that I own listed on Amazon any more, but it is the Apollo brand of folding mat... not the cheapest but durable and relatively comfortable.
    I found a mat that is durable and oversize so you can do all types of workouts. pogamat.com

    Hmm. EricPogamat has mentioned Pogamat in 5 out of his 7 posts. Coincidence?
    BTW, my spell checker hates the word "cooshy".

    Try "cushy". :smile:
  • DeafGirl1993DeafGirl1993 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I have both. I got my workout mat on sale at Walmart and my yoga mat on sale at Kmart. I like my yoga mat more than I do my workout mat. Just because of the thickness. I use my yoga mat with or without socks but never with shoes unless they have Never been used outside. I never have a problem with sliding off or mat getting wet from sweating. I use my yours mat for both yoga and my at home workouts. I have used it on a carpet floor and a hard floor, never had any issues.
  • kenyonhaffkenyonhaff Posts: 1,304Member Member Posts: 1,304Member Member
    Cooshy cooshy cooshy!!!
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