Product Type: Sainsbury's Fitness
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Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat
Member Name: jennikitten
Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat
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I bought this exercise mat at least a year ago to make some of my Wii exercise games more comfortable, and to use whilst doing yoga and pilates DVDs. This mat is unbranded and seems to be sold in most major supermarkets, including Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda. I seem to remember picking it up for around £6-8, as I figured that exercise mats are all the same and there was no point paying more for a branded one.
The mat is around 150cm in length; now I'm only 5'2", but this means I can't lie down fully on it without my head or ankles hanging off the ends. So if you're using this for full length floor exercises or stretching, then you won't find it particularly comfortable. The width I've never had a problem with - it's not quite wide enough for two people to lie down, but that's plenty of space.
The mat isn't massively thick, although due to its foamy nature it's not as uncomfortable as a floor. I tend to use this on hard floors and it does make them better for exercise. However, if you're working out to the extent where your palms and/or feet are sweating even a little bit, you'll be sliding around all over this mat (sorry, hope you're not eating breakfast!) which is both uncomfortable and dangerous. Although the mat has lots of tiny raised squares, they provide extremely little grip and even wearing shoes doesn't help much.
On one side of the mat it has a few diagrams with different yoga positions to try if you're doing your own exercise routine, which I thought was a nice touch.
The other thing I use this mat for is my Wii. I use it both with and without the balance board - for example it's nice to have something soft to step back on whilst doing step routines. When I'm doing a mixed workout with Wii Fit Plus or EA Active, I tend to fold the mat up which provides a thick surface for running or jogging on that doesn't hurt or strain my joints (it takes too much time/effort to put shoes on and take them off multiple times during a routine). For this the mat is perfect as it provides a nice squashy surface and the size isn't an issue.
Two further points: 1.This mat does get dirty very easily and I'm wary of putting it in the washing machine, although I might just be being silly, and 2. The edges of the mat rolled up slightly when I first unrolled it, but now they stay flat all the time which is a definite advantage.
The most important purpose for this mat in my house is as a cat bed/toy. My cats absolutely love to sit on it, pretend there's something hiding in the folds that they have to attack, wash themselves on it, play fight over it and fall asleep on it. They look pretty angry (and start complaining) if it's rolled up and stacked vertically, and prefer it to be folded up fairly small on the floor for them to sit on. From that perspective, it's definitely worth the money and cheaper than the cat beds I bought that they haven't used much!
- Easy to roll up and store
- Edges don't curl up by themselves after the first few days
- Makes exercise more comfortable
- Very poor grip
- Not long enough for comfortable full-length exercise
- Not easy to clean or keep clean
Summary: It's ok
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