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The best yoga and exercise mats for home workouts

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Best yoga mats UK 2024: Expert-tested from just £11.99

<h2 class=”body-h2″>How to choose the best yoga mat </h2><p>There are key questions to ask yourself before you add a <strong>yoga mat</strong> to your cart.</p><ul><li>What level of grip does it have?</li><li>How much does it weigh?</li><li>Is the yoga mat<strong> </strong>portable? </li><li>How much cleaning does it require?</li><li>Do you want an antimicrobial yoga mat? </li><li>Do you like smooth or textured surfaces? How long is it? Will it work for <a href=”https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/fitness/yoga/g26062387/yoga-with-adrienne/” target=”_blank”>yoga flows</a>?</li><li>Are you looking for a sustainable yoga mat?</li></ul><h2 class=”body-h2″> What is the best thickness for a yoga mat?</h2><p>How thick your mat should be depends on personal preference. If you have <a href=”https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/gym-wear/tech/g31951458/best-muscle-guns/” target=”_blank”>joints that tend to ache after exercise </a>(or just generally), choose one with a thickness over<strong></strong> 3mm. This will ensure there’s enough cushion to support you while you move. If you like to feel the floor beneath you (some do for extra sturdy vibes), plump for a thickness of 3mm or less. </p><h2 class=”body-h2″>How to clean a yoga mat</h2><p class=”body-text”><strong></strong>Wipes or a cleaning spray applied in circular motions to both sides of the<strong> </strong>mat<strong> </strong>with a towel are a good call for a quick fix between classes, but at some stage you’re going to want to give it a deep clean. </p><p class=”body-text”> Some mats are machine washable (rejoice!), in which case giving it a thorough clean is as easy as throwing it in the machine, putting it on a cold gentle cycle with mild detergent and air drying it afterwards. </p><p class=”body-text”>Others require just a bit more effort (always check the label). The safest way to deep clean a yoga mat is by using a gentle cloth and warm water with either dishwashing soap or a mild detergent. Once you’ve washed both sides, make sure to use clean water and rinse the surface with the cloth before giving it a quick dry with a towel and leaving it to air dry. </p><h2 class=”body-h2″>WH Lab Approved<br></h2><p class=”body-text”>Keep an eye out for any mats that have our <strong><a href=”https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/lab/a40675174/testing-explained/” target=”_blank”><em>WH</em> Lab </a></strong>Approved logo<strong> </strong>proudly displayed on their picture, as these items have all been given our resident PT and yoga expert’s seal of approval. </p><p class=”body-text”>Our pros put a number of mats through their paces, seeing how each one performed during yoga, yoga nidra (a form of deep rest), <a href=”https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/fitness/workouts/a707801/hiit-workout-at-home/” target=”_blank”>HIIT</a> and even weights sessions (most yoga mats<strong> </strong>double up as exercise mats). They were scored based on how grippy, comfortable, portable and stable they were (with bonus points for eco credentials), and only their favourite few made it on to this list.</p><p class=”body-text”>Our<em> WH</em> editors (no strangers to a soothing stretching session) have also listed their top picks. </p>”/>

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