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.

Yoga Mats Are Not Created Equal

Yoga mats might seem like one of those dime a dozen products that you can pull of the shelf at any big box retailer, but if you’ve ever tried that before, you know there’s a little bit more to it than that. They get stinky after a few months of sweat, or they tear, or you slip on them, you name it. There’s a pretty surprising amount of stuff that can go wrong with a yoga mat, and with a practice like yoga, where concentration and control mean a lot, those are the sorts of things you really shouldn’t have to be dealing with when you’re trying to get stretchy, calm, and fit. Continue reading “Yoga Mats Are Not Created Equal”

The Best Yoga Mat for a Good Workout and Quiet Meditation

Think you can’t have it all in a yoga mat? Think again! Our Manduka Pro yoga mats are constructed to provide everything you could possibly need in a yoga mat: comfort and support. And did we mention they’re totally affordable with a Lifetime Guarantee from the manufacturer?  Continue reading “The Best Yoga Mat for a Good Workout and Quiet Meditation”

Yoga for Strong Bones

Ladies, roll out that yoga mat and you might not have to listen to your doctor tell you about bone density loss. Body weight exercise, along with many other lifestyle changes, can actually help to prevent bone loss, which is a major concern for women, though maintaining bone density is a concern for anyone who’s getting on in years. Fractures become more challenging to heal when we age and especially if our bones have become too porous due to the loss of density. So do the right, easy, and restorative thing: get your yoga mat out and give the old bod a whirl! Continue reading “Yoga for Strong Bones”

Keep Your Yoga Practice Going Strong

There’s nothing like a thick, supportive yoga mat to make a yoga practice even more inviting that it naturally is. Our Manduka yoga mats are so comfortable, you may want to consider taking your weekend naps on them. Seriously, these mats are constructed so well, your hands and feet won’t feel the direct pressure of a hard surface, your bum won’t mind the floor work, and your balancing poses will actually feel natural.  Continue reading “Keep Your Yoga Practice Going Strong”

Beginner or Not, Here’s Your Best Yoga Mat

Whether you’re new to the practice or have been doing yoga since the ’60s, the best yoga mat (and the last one) you’ll ever use is the Manduka Pro yoga mat. We get to make this outrageous claim because we use these mats ourselves and can attest to the fact that they meet all the needs any kind of yogi will have. Continue reading “Beginner or Not, Here’s Your Best Yoga Mat”

Happy Yoga-days

There’s no place like a yoga mat for the holidays. A twist on an old carol, yes, but true nonetheless. We’re all aware of how stressful holidays can be: travel, missing family members, tensions, financial burdens, and all that food! The one place you can count on for stress relief during the holidays is your yoga mat. Don’t have one? Maybe now is the time to get yourself a gift you’ll truly use. Continue reading “Happy Yoga-days”