I have started some exercise programs at home such as P90X and Insanity. However, I have found that working out on my carpet has proven to be difficult in a number of ways. For example, when jumping around, I will often get carpet burn injuries on my feet. When doing the various forms of pushups I, again, will sustain burns to my hands. These can become really painful and have limited my success in these programs. What are some methods that I can use to help prevent related injuries when working out at home and on a carpeted surface? Additionally, I sweat a lot during these programs and am worried if the carpet my start to take on a smell or become more difficult to clean. Are there any suggestions for this as well?
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I did exercise on carpet before, and never had problems with skin-burns, but using an exercise mat should help with your problems.
I bought a mat myself a few months ago - mostly because of sweating, as the floor in my room is some sort of PVC. It is easier on the hands now, and the strange feeling when touching the floor with wet skin disappears, too.