To start getting in shape at home, you will 100% need a mat. There were two different kinds recommended to me: a yoga mat and a jump mat. The latter being a bit thicker and used for more intense exercises like plyometrics and core work. It can also double as a yoga mat if you prefer a little more cushioning. Olivia Young, a certified yoga teacher and founder of NYC studio Box + Flow had this to say, "I like to sweat, so if I’m purchasing a mat for in-home use, that means heat on high. I personally love the Lululemon Reversible 5 MM mat. It’s extra absorbent and is so comfortable you can use it on any type of floor."
There's also the question of where to place your mat. If you have enough room in your bedroom, it can work. But experts will tell you to try and make the living room a space for fitness and leave the bedroom for sleeping. Robert Lemus, professional bodybuilder and editor of Simple Fitness Hub, recommends converting your living room into a workout space, "With a few quick changes, your living room can be converted into a home gym. Move big furniture to the side of the room, allowing you enough space to stand and have a yoga mat on the ground. This can be an excellent space to workout, especially if you like to exercise while binge watching Netflix."
The jump mat should be placed in an area that allows for plenty of range of motion. Fitness and nutrition experts Ryan and Alex, who "have been working out from home for the better part of a decade nearly every day," recommended this jump mat for more intense workouts like P90X and other plyometric programs. Daily Burn's Director of Fitness, Amanda Murdock, recommended the eco-friendly prAna mat, and as for me? I've owned a nice little $13 mat for three years (great for morning and evening yoga practices, but admittedly, I keep my workouts simple).