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The Importance of a Good Yoga Mat for Training

A lot of people do not understand how important it is to get the right yoga mat for their training. It does not matter if you practice pilates, yoga routines or just simple workout.

Here are three main reasons why you must get a thick yoga mat right now:

  1. It works great at the gym as a division of your personal training space. It will make you feel more comfortable and safer.
  2. It reduces the impact on your knees, hips, spine, elbows and feet while training.
  3. A yoga mat increases your stability and balance giving you a best training quality.

Do not forget that a better training will always give you better results. After you feel the balance and traction you get by using this mat you would never want to go back to the hard floor again.

Which Yoga Mat Should I Buy?

My personal favorite is and will always be the Reehut Exercise Yoga Mat because of the quality of its material, the attached strap and the 1/2 inch of thickness.

I made a few mistakes in the past when I was looking for the right yoga mat for me.

Reehut Useful Yoga MatFirst I got one that did not include a carrying strap or a travel bag. It was a total pain to carry it around. Sometimes it would unroll out of nowhere! It was a total nightmare!

Then I got another one that was really lightweight and thick enough to forget about the hard floor. The problem is that it was just impossible to clean. After a couple of weeks I was ashamed to use it in public again because of the stains!

None of these were an issue when I got the Reehut yoga mat. It is 71″ x 24″, just enough to be useful in any kind of training. This actually changed the way I felt while training. I noticed that my energy lasted longer as it reduces the exercise impact on my joints.

The best of all is that it is super easy to clean. A small amount of soapy water or diluted white vinegar and a dry towel will do the work for you in no time.

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Have You Tried the 7-Minute Workout?

This is one of the fitness routines that I recommend to a lot of my friends who want to start training for the first time. It takes only seven minutes of your time to start transforming your body.

Some of my friends often ask me, Why do you keep recommending this? Isn’t it better to go directly to the gym? My full explanation for this could go for hours and hours but I’m going to give you the short version:

  • If you are a really busy person, seven minutes of your time is not a lot.
  • Going to the gym without proper guidance will get you to the frustration-zone with no results.
  • This training was developed by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. They know what they are doing.
  • The intensity of this training is adaptable to each person instantly.
  • You can learn this routine in less than ten minutes.
  • This is a training that you can do anywhere at anytime.
  • You don’t need any kind of equipment to do it. (just a chair)

So I leave you here with a video showing you the full 7-minute routine that you can download to your phone and have it with you at all times.

This 7-Minute Workout consists of 12 exercises that you have to do for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in-between: Jumping jacks, wall sit, push-ups, abdominal crunches, step-up onto chair, squats, triceps dip on chair, plank, high knees running in place, lunges, push-up and rotation and side planks.

Do the exercises at your own pace. It is more important that you complete the full routine than running out of energy right in the middle. I can assure you that you will be amazed at your results.