Ramp Up Your Home Gym & Work Off that Extra Stuffing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the looming threat of extra pounds associated with heavy festive eating can be unsettling. In fact, an estimated 75% of the average American’s total weight gain typically happens in the last three months of the year as a result of the celebratory feasts. To combat this, people all across the country are taking extra precautions during the holiday season by bolstering their home gym in order to ward off (oftentimes) inevitable holiday weight gain.

Holiday Weight Gain by the Numbers

No matter what your lifestyle is like for the first nine months of the year, extra holiday poundage can sneak up. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Americans on average gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas party treats; and while that may not seem like a lot, one to two pounds a year, means that much of midlife weight gain can be explained by holiday eating.

Even though everyone is susceptible to extra stuffing around the most wonderful time of the year, that doesn’t mean it is unavoidable. Quick, 10-minute workouts, walks, or yoga sessions can make all the difference this holiday season and what better way to motivate yourself than by investing in your home gym?

The Key to the Perfect Home Gym

To avoid holiday weight gain and maintain regular workouts as you head into the New Year, it is essential to have a place where you can exercise effectively and efficiently. The secret to an awesome home gym is to commit one specific place in your home as your designated exercise area. By clearly designating your home gym, your body will be prepped to work out

A great way to define your exercise space is by laying down fitness mats, granting you an optimal surface to complete floor exercises and yoga. At We Sell Mats, there are several different mat styles to choose from that will inspire you to create your perfect home gym.

Taking the Gym with You

Traveling for the holidays? While it may be too cumbersome to bring several square-feet of foam tile floor mats with you, We Sell Mats also sells has a great selection of La Baleza yoga mats, perfect for doing digestion-aiding yoga routines.

However you plan on avoiding extra pounds this holiday season, We Sell Mats is ready to help you create an inspiring space to accomplish your goals. That way, rather than worrying about your waistline, you can focus on what matters most during this time of year, spending time with loved ones.

The Best Exercise Mat for Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is about the easiest home workout you can do, especially when you have our fitness mats to back you up. If you are not looking to become the world’s strongest person, but just want to make sure you can go through life healthy and prepared for daily demands, functional fitness can help you do that. Our job is to make sure your functional fitness routine is able to be done at home in safety and with as much comfort as possible. Continue reading “The Best Exercise Mat for Functional Fitness”

Fitness Mats for Everything…Really.

You know, fitness mats get a bad rep. They all get lumped into one box (sometimes literally). But there are so many different kinds of fitness mats that serve different purposes. Some are for taking to a class, some are for use at home, heck – some even go under your fitness equipment. So let’s be honest: not all fitness mats are the same. Continue reading “Fitness Mats for Everything…Really.”

Fitness for the Frazzled

Too many of us are tired at the end of the day and we don’t want to go to the gym, so the best solution has got to be having a home gym or workout space that you can use whenever you want to. Seriously, if your machines and weights or floor work could be done in the comfort of your own home, wouldn’t you be more likely to do that workout routine even when you’re frazzled from the workday? Continue reading “Fitness for the Frazzled”

What’s Your Motivation?

For many people, access to a gym is too costly, and getting motivated to work out on your hard, cold, living room floor, for which our fitness mats are a perfect fix,  just doesn’t do it, so many forgo the workout. Fitness mats are big enough to do a full workout on, foldable and compact enough that they don’t have to become a permanent fixture in your home, padded enough to keep you from joint pain and fatigue, and affordable enough you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy one years ago. Continue reading “What’s Your Motivation?”

Sneeze-free Fitness

In certain parts of the country, if you take your personal fitness mat outside to enjoy the warm air and sunshine, you may find you’re sneezing like crazy. And when you bring your fitness mat inside, the yellow film on it keeps you sneezing all day long. Here’s an idea: create a space in your home just large enough for your personal fitness mat, and keep it there until pollen season is over! Continue reading “Sneeze-free Fitness”

Floors for Fitness

Fitness flooring is different from the flooring in you living room. It’s different from the floors at the mall and in the locker room. Fitness flooring is different because it needs to meet specific needs that frankly, you don’t have in your living room or the mall. When you’re using free weights or doing plyometrics or HIIT, your floor needs to be able to take it. A nice berber or ceramic tiles aren’t going to work. Continue reading “Floors for Fitness”

What’s Your Fitness Motivator?

Wondering how your fitness goals will be set back before January 1st? Well, one glass of champagne contains about 95 calories. Christmas cookies? About 70 calories – and who stops with just one Christmas cookie?! The hors d’oeuvres that you’re going to pick away at on December 31st? No telling. What is all this consumption going to do to your fitness goals? Well, it isn’t going to help, let’s just say that. Continue reading “What’s Your Fitness Motivator?”

Customize Your Fitness Mat

When you’re doing crunches or push-ups and your tailbone and wrists are begging you to stop because of the hard floor you’re working on, it’s time to get a fitness mat. We’re not talking a huge investment here, but one that could save you from joint pain, bruises, and maybe a premature end to your home workout. Continue reading “Customize Your Fitness Mat”

Tailored Fitness Mats

If you’ve read any of our posts in the last, uh, ever, you’ll know that we’re all about EVA mats for every purpose from fitness and home gyms to commercial flooring, but you wouldn’t be the first if you said you were in need of a more specialized fitness mat to keep your workout going no matter where you go. That’s why we carry folding mats designed specifically for fitness junkies, built to withstand the rigors of your workout. Right next to ’em on our site, you’ll find some stuff by Gaiam, who we trust with 100% of our yoga products. If you need to take a mat to a class or on the road on a semi-regular basis, these are the exercise mats you want. Continue reading “Tailored Fitness Mats”