You’ve come to love Pilates and know the time has come for you to purchase a mat. Finding the ideal mat for your Pilates practice is key, and when you do, you’ll find a new world open up in your workout routine. A thicker mat is the best choice, one that is at least ½” but up to ¾” is even more beneficial because it causes less back irritation to the tailbone and skin on your lower back. Not only does it do wonders for the irritation many beginners experience, but it also provides more cushioning as you become more advanced in your practice.
When choosing a Pilates mat it is best opt for one made of eco-friendly materials like those made of rubber or TPE (a PVC alternative). In doing so you ensure you’re not exposed to the toxic chemicals that are found in traditional mats made of PVC. You’re also doing your best to be an environmental steward by choosing the best for yourself and the environment. There are a host of different mats that are designed specifically with your health and environmental sustainability in mind. Mats made out of sustainable materials tend to cost a few dollars more than cheap PVC mats, but the investment is truly worth the health of you and the planet.
Choose a mat that is at least ½” thick and also is long enough to accompany your body and particular routine. Roll up mats are optimal and can be found as short as 56” and as long as 86”. A thicker mat will ensure that you have more cushion for pressure points like hips, knees, and elbows as you support your weight. The Kuale 8mm mat is an excellent choice for Pilates students of all abilities and will provide the support when and where you need it most. No matter what mat best fits your needs, roll up mats are recommended as they’re easy to carry and a lot lighter on your load. You can also by straps that will attach to your mat for easier transportation to and from your Pilates class
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