Depending on where you work out, what type of exercise you do, and if you travel a lot, portability needs to be considered. Pilates studios generally provide high-quality professional mats to use, but it's unlikely yoga and group fitness classes will. So if you need to grab and go with your mat, the weight, thickness and length of it will matter a great deal. Some mats, like natural rubber, can be quite heavy and impractical unless you are driving or have a locker. Commuters on bikes and public transit will prefer a lighter weight mat that's easily rolled in a mat strap and slung over their shoulder. In these cases, thickness, cushion, and eco-friendliness, should be balanced with weight. PVC can be quite lightweight, and TPE, depending on its' thickness, is another option. It's also important to note, more professional mats are often denser and heavier which limits their portability. For thicker mats, a canvas mat bag or duffle style bag is best to protect your mat from the elements when toting it around along with extra gym gear and accessories. Professional mats are generally intended to stay in one location, lie flat or hang on a wall. If you do travel often, you will want to look at the mat's thickness and whether you can fold it into a suitcase.
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