KEY FACTS TO BUYING YOGA MAT
The thickness of the mat has to be considered, keeping in mind the type of exercises you plan to perform on it. For example, a standard yoga mat is a thin exercise mat, typically about 0.125 inch. However, a general fitness mat would be slightly thicker, measuring about 0.5 inch, which would help you do dynamic movements such as sit-ups, with some comfort.
In case you plan to carry the mat along to the gym, a yoga studio or while travelling, a relatively compact mat, which is easy to fold or roll up is your best pick. However, if you plan on using the mat only at home, then a large mat that covers more space might be a better option, as it will allow for more elaborate and complex movements and forms.
A mat’s material is a critical element, as this impacts its overall texture and thickness. In general, yoga mat are made of either vinyl or rubber. Vinyl mats last for a considerable amount of time, while rubber mats, made of jute and cotton, are eco-friendly but provide less comfort, due to reduced sponginess. So, you may take your pick, based on your comfort.