Because I haven't practiced yoga and haven't had any professional knowledge about yoga mats, I still use a mat for daily exercise, mainly for two reasons:

1. Actions like sit ups or push ups should not lie directly on the ground, not only because of hygiene issues, but also because the ground is too hard and may harm the body and spine, so a cushion must be laid.
2. It's okay for my family to live on the first floor, but some people may live on higher floors. Some aerobic activities are more intense, and jumping directly on the floor can affect neighbors downstairs, so a mat must be laid.


When I first chose a yoga mat, like many people, I only considered thickness and softness, but in actual experience, I found that slip resistance is the most important.
However, it should be noted that for our sports and fitness, thickness and softness also need to be considered.
For yoga practitioners, thicker and softer mats may affect their movements, but for us, I recommend beginners to choose thicker and more resilient mats, but not too soft ones. In the early stages, you can do exercises barefoot on these thick mats.
I haven't counted the common yoga mat materials on the market. I have used three yoga mats myself, each with a different material, including NBR, TPE, and PU rubber.


NBR

The advantage of NBR yoga mats is their low price. Generally, a 10mm thick mat can cost around $20. My first mat was an NBR yoga mat.

Due to its thickness, moderate softness, and good resilience, running and jumping barefoot on a yoga mat is not a problem. However, the reason why I gave it up is because its anti slip effect is not good. My floor is made of relatively smooth ceramic tiles, which is fine for small movements. However, when doing larger movements such as "left and right small jumps", "lunge jumps", and "hook leg jumps", the mat is prone to slipping and moving.

Of course, if the floor in your home is not smooth, using this type of mat is still not a problem. Sweat can seep into the mat, and if not dried, it may persist for a long time, leading to the growth of bacteria.


TPE

TPE yoga mats are more environmentally friendly than NBR mats, but their cost is also slightly higher. For example, a 10mm mat would cost around $30.

YOTTOY's TPE yoga mat is my second yoga mat. Due to its much lower density compared to NBR, it has a slightly lower hardness. However, there is no problem with barefoot exercise, and most importantly, compared to my first yoga mat, it has much better slip resistance. There is also no problem with the mat sliding when doing large jump exercises. Currently, my mother is using it.

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PU

The mat I am currently using is Jepsen's PU rubber yoga mat, which is also the preferred mat for yoga enthusiasts. The thickness is basically only about 5mm, and there will not be a very thick specification of 10mm.

The two materials mentioned above prefer foam, while the PU material is natural rubber, which is not as elastic and soft as the first two materials. However, compared with the first two materials, the PU rubber is more environmentally friendly, and can hardly smell any odor. Moreover, because of the bionic coating on the surface, sweat will not soak into the mat.

For PU mats, it is recommended for experienced users to use them. When doing aerobic jumping exercises, do not go barefoot anymore. Instead, wear shoes and do aerobic exercises on the mat or the ground.

In conclusion, for sports and fitness enthusiasts, TPE material mats should be the best choice. However, if you are accustomed to wearing shoes for exercise (be sure to choose a comfortable sports shoe), you can consider PU rubber material mats. As for NBR material mats, if the budget is not limited, I really do not recommend them, after all, they will not become your last sports mat.

Lastly, let me talk about the issue of NBR material mats being non slip. I am not sure if the current NBR material yoga mats have optimized their anti slip properties, but experiencing three types of material mats gives me the feeling that the reason why NBR material yoga mats slip is because they are relatively light and easy to float on smooth surfaces.