A Review: The Bala Play Mat.

I don’t want to jinx it, but last night the weatherman said it would be a “chilly night,” so I slept with my bedroom window cracked. Dare I say, there’s quite a bit of chill in the air this morning?

I have my sliding door open (there’s a screen, so Blanche doesn’t leave me) and my windows open, and the AC is off! What?!

I always look forward to the time of year when my electric bill won’t be quite so high, and I can stop relying on the AC to keep me comfortable. I know we’ll probably get another heat wave before I can turn it off for good, but I’m grateful for the crisp air right now.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been making an effort to walk in the morning, and yesterday, I wore sweatpants and a long-sleeve shirt. Of course, I’m not going to complain about the chill in the air, but it got me thinking about what I’ll do when it gets too cold to walk outside.

I’ve considered just fighting through and continuing to walk — cold air is good for us, right? But, I also have a good collection of indoor workout equipment I can use.

This brings me to my Bala Play Mat.

I have been buying Bala products consistently since the pandemic lockdown started. I figured I could invest in my at-home workout equipment if I can’t physically go to a gym or studio.

So, at the start of this year, I added a new piece of Bala goodness to my collection: The Play Mat.

At first glance, it’s a yoga mat. But, it’s 8mm thick (thicker than a standard yoga mat), so it provides an excellent home surface.

I have wood floors in half my apartment and carpet in my bedroom — so there have been times I’ve struggled to find the right exercise space. But, The Play Mat has made such a difference.

I use it for yoga, of course, but I also use it for strength training and light cardio. I always hope that the mat absorbs any extra noise for my downstairs neighbors 🙂

This mat measures 71 ⅜” x 26 ½” x 5/16”, which — I think — is slightly larger than a standard yoga mat. I never feel like I’m at risk of stepping off of it.

I will say it’s heavier than any mat I’ve had. At first, I was a little shocked by how heavy it felt, but I’ve gotten used to it.

If you have a space that allows you to keep items out, this would be perfect for that (I can’t — my cat loves to dig her claws into my mats!). But, it’s not too heavy that you couldn’t take it to a class.

All in all, I love this mat! I got the pink one (most of my Bala weights are pink), and it’s a nice, subtle pink.

Have you tried any Bala products?

This review is not sponsored — nor are any of the reviews on this blog. I am a beauty and skincare junkie and enjoy sharing the products I love right here! For more reviews and similar posts, please subscribe to the blog by clicking subscribe on the right side of your screen. Cheers! 

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