If staying at home is making you go a little stir-crazy, then it might be time to put down your remote, close the computer and actually commit to starting a new workout routine. Sure, working out at home might not offer the same feeling (or results) as pumping iron at the gym, but when you take advantage of some of the best exercise mats, you can enjoy a better and more comfortable home workout.
Working out at home will not only help you release some tension (which we can only assume is building up with the current uncertain scenario), it’ll also help you get in shape, which is something most of us are starting to worry about as we continue to stay indoors.
If you only plan on using your new mat to workout during your quarantine, you might not want to splurge but rather go with a basic mat that’ll do the job. If, however, you’d like to take your mat with you to the yoga studio after all is said and done, then you might want to invest on an easy-to-carry mat. Finally, there are interlocking exercise tiles that can let you turn an entire room into a home gym.
Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the best exercise mats for every type of fitness enthusiast. So stave off the #quarantinefifteen by taking advantage of these home exercise mats to help you break a sweat without breaking a leg.
1. BalanceFrom Extra Thick Exercise Mat
BEST PERSONAL MAT
Looking for a no-frills at-home exercise mat? BalanceFrom makes some of the most popular and in-demand exercise mats on Amazon, and their best-selling personal mats are an ideal pick if you’re stuck at home. These exercise mats are made from an extra thick 1/2-inch cushioned foam that will protect your feet, back and elbows while exercising on hard surfaces. Both sides of this mat have an anti-slip surface for a secure workout, and it comes in a number of colors. A free carrying handle is included, which means it’s easy to tuck this mat away in a closet when you’re finished exercising.
2. IncStores – Jumbo Soft Interlocking Foam Tiles
Made from highly durable EVA foam to provide a better, more reliable and longer-lasting mat, this IncStores model features a smart interlocking design so you can create your workout mat wherever you are. This is an ideal solution if you want to add exercise padding to an entire room (or a specific area of a room). Able to keep your floors safe from all the hustle and bustle of your daily workouts, it instantly transforms any space into a professional gym. Whether you’re doing yoga or need exercise mats to install underneath a treadmill or weight bench, try this interlocking foam exercise tiles.
3. ProsourceFit Tri-Fold Folding Thick Exercise Mat
BEST FOLDING MAT
This easy-to-carry mat features a tri-folding design so you can keep it compact and carry it easily under your arm. Available in five different colors, it utilizes a smart (and soft) vinyl build that’s designed to prevent tearing and help make it easier to wipe up after use. It also sports a very comfortable foam interior to help increase its shelf-value, and, you know, help make all those exercises easier on your joints.
4. BalanceFrom GoFit Exercise Bike Equipment Mat
BEST FOR EXERCISE BIKES
As dreary as it sounds, it looks like we’re all going to be stuck inside for a while. If you’re looking to ahead a treadmill or exercise bike — or if you already have one — this is the perfect mat to put underneath. This ultra-high-density design helps protect the integrity of your carpet or hardwood floors, which definitely adds a little peace of mind when you’re busy getting your workout on and can’t worry about whether or not you’re scratching up the floor. As an added bonus, these mats are also shock-absorbent, helping reduce all the excess noise caused by your workout equipment.
5. BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat
BEST FOR LARGE ROOMS
Like the IncStores model above, this BalanceFrom mat features the same interlocking design, only this model takes it up a notch. With 24 tiles and 48 end borders, it’s able to cover 96 square feet, which is more than enough for you and a plus one (or two). Each mat is made with an impressive double-sided high-density EVA foam and features a handy non-slip surface to help prevent your mats from moving with you. Each purchase also comes with a two-year satisfaction guarantee, which is definitely the cherry on top.
6. BalanceFrom GoGym All-Purpose
BEST ALL-PURPOSE MAT
As one of the highest-rated mats on Amazon, it’s no surprise this one showed up on our list. As an all-purpose floor mat, it works with virtually any and every type of workout, and measuring roughly 10 feet long by 4 feet wide, it offers more than enough room to get your workout on without feeling hampered. These mats also come with Velcro sides, which makes it easier to hook several of them together at once. Available in three colors, it’s definitely one of our favorite mats.
7. Gxmmat Extra Large Exercise Mat
For when you need an exercise that gives you enough run to run, jump and play, this Gxmmat mat is 8 feet wide by 6 feet long, giving you and your partner more than enough room to get your workout on without feeling cramped. Designed to work with most surfaces, it features a comfy 7mm high-density memory foam build that’s easy on your joints and even easier on your floors. It’s a great option for all your Zumba lovers and P90X followers.
8. Premium Extra Thick Large Exercise Mat
BEST FOR CARPET
If you’re ready to really turn your living room (or any room, we’re not judging) into an indoor gym, then this mat can help. Measuring 7 by 4-foot, it covers and protects your floors while providing you with the right amount of cushion to perform most workouts—from cardio to weight lifting to dancing and more. Plus, it’s large enough you can work out with a partner (as long as you’re both self-quarantining, of course.) What’s more, it comes with a towel, carry bag and two velcro straps to keep it from moving—perfect when you’re working out in a room with carpet.
9. Gaiam Yoga Mat
BEST TRAVEL MAT
This yoga mat is the perfect companion for the exercise-addict who’s always on-the-go. Sure, that might not be the case right now, but once you’re back on the road, or getting your sweat on after work, having this Gainam Yoga Mat in tow is sure to come in handy. Foldable, compact and extremely lightweight, it fits inside a carry-on bag or even gym bag. With a non-slip texture, it helps you stay in your position comfortably and perform your workout better. If practicing your poses is on your quarantine to-do list, this is one of the best exercise mats you’ll find.
10. Fitness Gear 5mm Fitness Mat
While there are thicker exercise mats on this list, this is the best exercise mat for the casual at-home workout. This $20 mat is 5mm thick, which is just enough cushioning to protect your body from hard surfaces during yoga, pilates or ab training. This mat measures 71” long by 26” wide and is constructed from durable PVC materials. Roll it up and pack it away when you’re done, because this mat is perfect for both travel and at-home fitness.
11. Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
BEST FOR YOGA
Aside from the communal bonding that comes from trying to contort into seemingly impossible postures with other people, the practice of yoga is pretty much the same at home as it is in the studio. It’s one of the only workouts at looks pretty much identical to its pre-COVID form, all you need is a solid mat to help your feet and hands grip the floor. This mat from Manduka is one of the best for a yoga practice because it’s easy to clean, grippy, long but not heavy and rolls up into a very slim, easy-to-store roll once you’re done. If you’re up for a couple of headstands during quarantine, this is the mat to purchase.
12. Rogue Fitness Comp Matting
BEST FOR POWER LIFTING
This mat from Rogue is a big heavier and bulkier than other options on this list, but it provides a steady, stable ground for lifting, training and working out using heavy-duty equipment. It’s 10′ long and extends far beyond most power racks or lifting rigs, but it can still be set up by one person if need be. The Flexi-Connect system makes it easy to roll and store, and it’s engineered for safety so you know you’re lifting on a platform you can depend on, while also protecting your floors.
13. Premium Stylish Foam Floor Mat
EASIEST TO CLEAN
This mat is not marketed as a gym mat specifically but we think it would make a great addition to a home gym as it’s made for children so it’s easy to clean, non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The squishy soft foam provides great support for your knees and hips while doing moves down on the ground. This mat is highly durable, easy to clean with a mop, broom or even Roomba, and is reversible so you get double the life out of it as you would with other mats.