Because of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, you’re probably spending a far greater amount of time cooped up at home (you should be). Coping via physical activity is essential, but tough, too, now that gyms across the country are closed. But while adds for pricey contraptions like Peloton and Mirror might have you thinking yourself priced out of a home fitness routine, we propose a wildly affordable alternative: a yoga mat.
Yoga isn’t only an excellent way to get a quick or long workout in a small space; it’s also highly meditative. And here’s a secret about yoga mats: you don’t have to use them for yoga. You can roll them out over your wood/tiled/uneven floor to make a comfortable surface for push-ups, squats and burpees — or combine them all for a quick HIIT workout. Combine a yoga mat with a set of weights and use a piece of furniture as a bench and voila! You’ve got a compact home gym.
Right now, you can find a small selection of yoga mats on sale at Backcountry for as much as 36 percent off. We’re fans of Manduka’s EKO Lite 4mm Yoga Mat for its grippy surface as well as Prana’s Large E.C.O. Yoga Mat for its oversized area. Both are roughly $50, which is probably less than a month of that gym membership you (maybe) just canceled.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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