Is a thick or thin exercise mat better?
Thinner mats can help increase stability for styles of yoga with more active poses or balanced, focused poses. Look for mats with textured surfaces to maintain better grip when the poses get more strenuous. Thicker mats provide extra cushioning and are best for more therapeutic practices.
Can an exercise mat be too thick?
But for most of us who are either beginners, intermediate or accustomed to a certain standard of comfort when practicing, a yoga mat that’s too thick is just not acceptable; neither is one that is too thin. When your hands and feet start to sink into the surface of your mat you’ll know it’s too thick for sure.
Which mat is best for exercise?
Our Runner’s World editors also have a couple of mats to recommend, too:
- Best for outside use: Nike Training Mat 2.0.
- Best for portability: Lululemon The Reversible Mat.
- Best for high-impact training: Domyos Floor Pads.