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How To Artistically Express Yourself Through An Exercise Mat
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How To Artistically Express Yourself Through An Exercise Mat

Every time I have gone to the gym, the first thing I notice, is the overwhelming number of dull, unimaginative, looking exercise mats on the floor. Everyone who steps foot in to a gym is an individual and the plain blue or black colored mats are a limited color of expression for an individual looking at articulating their personality.

With this in mind, it got me thinking; why don't I create my very own exercise mat that portrays my own personality? All you will need is fabric and an hour to spare where you can create some funky designs, colors and shapes. I went online and bought in my material in bulk and then went about the house collecting as many materials as I could fine, one being my ancient Union Jack cushion.

The cushion was very large and I felt that I could cut out the design and sew it in to my exercise mat. So, I headed over to where the scissors were and cut out the flag.

Regarding the mat, I bought a bright purple colored one from a yoga shop to represent my level at Judo. I have been burning calories in the gym for over two years now and the majority of my weight loss was down to my passion for Judo. I hope to eventually get to black, so the mat may be having a new color on it in the not so distant future.

After a few hours of sewing and cutting my mat was finished. Once my exercise mat was ready, I was able to partake in my daily exercise routines and work outs feeling that my personality was being expressed to the people in my group. Exercise is not only great for staying healthy, but it is also a great excuse to make new friends and motivate yourself with other health conscious people. Apart from being really interested in keeping fit and exercise, my other passion has also been art and I'm really fascinated by combining sport, exercise and art.

One month before I started my exercise routines, I was in London and I visited the South bank installation with friends. The South Bank enabled me to speak to the artists involved with the famous Hayward Gallery who put me in touch with a fabric company where they got their materials from. It also got me thinking about creating my own mini fabric art exhibition, displaying a selection of personalized exercise mats.

The mat acted as a conversation starter and by the end of the week’s exercises I had many people coming up to me asking how I made my mat. Since then a few more people have custom made their mats and I have learned a great deal about their life, which makes gym time a lot more enjoyable as I can catch up with my new friends.

I got my material from the website called Cutfoam which has been an inspiration to may artistic minded people. Since then many different people from different cultures and backgrounds at the gym have spoken to me about my mat and shared things about their own backgrounds and hobbies. I feel that everyone who has an exercise mat, should personalize it with a design or message that says something about their life.

You’ll be surprised to find that exercise and art can actually work together. Every time I watch the boxing I see athletes in colorful, flamboyant shorts or footballers wearing the latest fashions on and off the pitch. For me I created my very own uniquely designed mat to show off my personality but if you are a hidden showman why not create something funky to wear next time you participate in your sport of choice.

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