Let's be real here. Workout gear can get pretty pricey. And when you're trying to stock up on everything you need for your fitness routine—leggings, weights, mats, resistance bands, etc.—it can all add up. While we won't say no to those workout gear splurges (since most of them are expensive for a reason and you're getting quality, long-lasting products), we'll always be down for a deal. Plus, it doesn't mean that these more-affordable finds are crappy quality. Some are just as good as their pricey counterparts.
And because there's nothing better than the thrill of saving some money, we took it upon ourselves to do some research and find affordable workout essentials for your yoga practice. We're talking mats, blocks, towels, leggings, and more under $25. Yes, $25. Take a look at our discoveries below.
When shopping for yoga essentials, you're going to need to start with a mat, of course. This one is highly rated on Amazon: It has over 14,000 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 stars. And it won't cost you more than $20. It also comes with a handy strap for easy transport. I have this mat at home, and I find it's cushioned enough and has a good, nonslip grip.
If you need a little bit more cushion, AmazonBasics' extra-thick mat will provide additional comfort. It may be a half-inch thick, but that doesn't mean it's not lightweight. You can also use it for other mat exercises such as Pilates.
You can use the alignment lines on this mat to make sure your form and positioning is correct, which is helpful if you're practicing at home and don't have an instructor to help you. The mat is reversible and has a nonslip surface.
A towel can come in handy if you want extra grip or want to soak up sweat. It's especially helpful in hot yoga classes, which can leave you extra sweaty. This microfiber towel is absorbent and can be thrown in the washing machine.
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