Working Out At Home

Covid-19 has us staying home and staying safe. Getting
enough exercise without regular “gym time” has been a
real challenge for my clients who require a routine and
regimen to stay on top of their fitness and mental well
being.

If you’re fortunate to be able to designate a space for a
home gym, you need to start with a good foundation. Two
flooring types I recommend are rubber and cork.

Rubber and Cork are:

Water resistant: A water based coating allows you to
bring on the sweat! Simply wipe clean

Shock absorbing: Easy on joints (perfect for sensitive
knees)

Durable: 2-3 times more resilient than wood flooring
and vinyl plank

Fashionable: Available in several styles and colors
(vivid colors and unique pattern

Cork takes the edge over rubber in that cork is also:

Healthy: Naturally antimicrobial, it repels mold and
mildew and has zero harmful chemicals

Sustainable: The bark of the cork oak tree is harvested
every 9 years without harming the tree

Warm: A thermal insulator, it reflects your body heat
back to you Rubber and cork floors are available in tiles, planks, and rolls of various sizes. Most can be glued down or floated to
create simple or intricate patterns. As a designer, I am a
huge fan of the unique and different. So many options in
this category!

Yoga Studio at Home

More than a physical workout, yoga fosters a deeper understanding of your body, mind, and soul. If you’ve committed to a yoga practice, you may want to create a space in your home where you can listen to your inner self and take a break from running on autopilot.   Ideally, this space should be tranquil, calm, and separate from the rest of your home.

When I practice my yoga, I  need a good foundation. As an Interior Designer I can’t say enough about how awesome and underestimated cork flooring is!  Here is why I’m convinced it is the best flooring choice for your yoga studio:

Cork is…

Healthy; naturally antimicrobial, it repels mold and mildew and has zero harmful chemicals

Water resistant; a water based coating allows you to bring on the sweat! Simply wipe clean

Shock absorbing; easy on joints (perfect for sensitive knees), and for flowing in and out of poses

Sustainable; the bark of the cork oak tree is harvested every 9 years without harming the tree

Warm; a thermal insulator, it reflects your body heat back to you

Durable; 3 times more resilient than wood flooring and can last 50 years or more

Fashionable; available in several colors with an unassuming yet unique style

A yoga room should also have natural light and a soothing color scheme. You may want to light candles or incense to evoke a meditative mood. Remember, this is a place for slowing down, reflecting, and discovering the best possible version of yourself.   

Namaste.