Exercise mats are essential for absorbing shock during different workouts. Many exercise mats are soft, thin and foldable. Due to their highly portable nature, personal exercise mats allow the user to exercise practically anywhere. Exercise mats are typically used for stretching as well as abdominal exercises, yoga positions and providing cushioning beneath hands and knees for various other exercises. Other exercise mats are more heavy duty and/or much larger and are meant to be stationary solutions for work outs in a single place.