My yoga mat has revolutionized working out on the road. I no longer have an excuse of a dirty/cold/hard hotel floor. I just throw down my Gaiam travel yoga mat and get to work.
My mat was given to me by one very generous house-guest I hosted in Lima last May. She handed over many useful and thoughtful items from her suitcase before heading back to Los Angles but the mat proves to be the most valuable of these gifts.
One way the mat aids in my workouts is that I feel obliged to use it regularly if I am going to dedicate that space and weight in my impressively small backpack (we’re talking 35 liters!).
With exercising, like many things in life, getting started can be the hardest part. There is something about laying out my mat that helps me commit and move past any reluctance to get moving.