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Working out at home is a lot easier than venturing into the wild and working out outdoors. With no wind, snow, rain, or mud, you have very little use for terms like SmartWool, Gore-Tex, or Synchilla.Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 4.16.46 PM

Working out at home is also less intimidating than going to the gym. With no one to impress, you don’t need to seek out the latest fashions from prAna or Nike, either. So you’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal with home workout gear?”

At home, you have the same physical parameters affecting your workout that you do outdoors. How to get warm, stay cool, fuel up, and not allow your body to change temperature too fast—all these issues still matter, even when you’re in your living room. Sure, they’re easier to control at home than when you’re out in the tundra, but you still need to plan for them. Working out at home is generally more efficient than training elsewhere. Having a kitchen, a shower, and a closet nearby add a technical advantage that you may not have realized. Let’s take a look at some of the most important considerations for getting the most out of your home workout.

1. Get a mat.
One thing that doesn’t change at home is the importance of the platform you work out on. Your shoes—and what they’re standing/jumping on—are your most important pieces of home workout equipment. Most of us have limited space options, and we’re probably stuck with whatever happens to be the floor surface of the one room that’s most ideal for our workout. Owning a workout mat, or two, should be a top priority. The minimum is a stretching (or yoga) mat (try the Beachbody Yoga Monster Mat—great for all Beachbody programs). These are pretty thin and designed to pad your joints during floor workout movements. If your floor is unforgiving, like cement, you should also consider aplyometrics mat. These are made to withstand the rigors of jumping, like the kind done inP90X and THE ASYLUM. A good mat will absorb shock and also improve the effectiveness of your workout while helping to reduce your chance of injury.

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