Save vs. Splurge: Yoga Gear
Yoga gear comes in all price ranges, but it can be very expensive. There are many great affordable options for yoga equipment, so there are areas that you do not need to spend a lot to get good quality. We also know that there are areas that you need to spend more.
Yoga Mats – Save or Splurge
The cost of a yoga mat varies greatly. However, you should not be spending a significant amount on a yoga mat. A $10 mat will allow you to do most types of yoga. If you are doing power or hot yoga, you may want to spend just a bit more to get a mat with more grip and support. The lifetime on the mat will depend on what the mat is made from and its thickness.
Sports Bra – Splurge
A general rule is that you should be willing to splurge on a good bra, which includes a sports bra. A supportive sports bra can prevent sagging. Many times, cheap sports bras become uncomfortable and lose their elasticity quickly.
Tights and Leggings – Splurge
Tight fitting clothing is worth the cost. Cheap tights and leggings can be uncomfortable and may need to be adjusted regularly. There is also the risk that the fabric will be sheer or the seams will rip. Nicer leggings hold onto their elasticity and will fit better. Some also will reduce chaffing, and removes sweat.
Tops – Save
Unless you are buying a top with a built-in bra, you should buy cheaper options and use your savings to help buy a new sports bra. A good fitting tank top or t-shirt from Target or Wal-Mart will work the same as a more expensive shirt. If you want a brand name top, you can save money by buying them second hand.
Bag – Save
A workout bag does not need to be expensive because it is just there to carry your items to and from the studio or gym. Most of the time, these bags will end up with a smell and need to be trashed after a year or two. Washing can help extend the bag’s lifespan, and should be done at least once a month. The best option is to watch for clearance sales because you may find a great yoga bag without needing to spend a huge amount of money.
Activity Trackers –Save
Activity Trackers have taken off in the last few years. These electronic devices can help you monitor your activity and recovery time. There are many models available today, but you should look at the features that you are really going to use before buying one. Most people do not use all the features of the super expensive trackers. So, you may be better off using the apps on your phone because most of them are free.
Yoga gear does not need to be expensive, but buying the cheapest option may not always be the best option. Some cheap yoga items will wear out quickly and will cost you more in the long run. You can find high-quality yoga pants at a good price if you are looking in the right places.