Recently I invested the Lululemon yoga mat and my readers questioned why I would spend so much on a fitness accessory. As I started going to yoga more frequently, I knew I would enjoy the experience so much more if I had a quality mat. So I threw down $69 without hesitation.
Apart from my desire to not roll around in multiple people’s dried sweat, I have a list of reasons to justify the cost.
Over a decade a go, I bought my first pair of spin shoes reluctantly. I was spinning three times a week, and everyone insisted my ride would improve if I was able to clip into the pedals. After only a few minutes wearing the shoes, I could tell a BIG difference. The sturdy shoes with clips allowed me to:
- Feel connected to the bike
- Create a full circle pushing and pulling on the pedal
- Increase my speed
- Push more weight
- Use my energy more efficiently
- Move forwards and backwards with more confidence and power
- Raise and lower myself to and from the saddle gracefully
- Decrease the tension on my knees
Now I refuse to spin without them!
Likewise, the Lululemon yoga mat with its latex top has greatly improved my practice. Because it’s sticky, I:
- Don’t slip when I sweat
- Attempt more challenging poses without fear of slipping
- Don’t have to bring a towel.
I’m sure there are more benefits and I look forward to discovering them.
Here’s the best part about fitness accessories – THEY LAST FOREVER! I’ve had my current pair of spin shoes for five years. That number would be double if I hadn’t misplaced the first pair. The mat will last for years as well. Other equipment that won’t expire: hand weights, a bosu ball, and TRX bands.
So if you’re serious about your practices and want to grow your experience beyond the basics, I highly recommend investing in quality products to support it.