After doing electrical work for 35 years, my wrists, elbows and knee's , have really gone through hell. I can now do my exercise routine with no pain whatsoever. The padding on this mat is perfect for situp's and pushup's. The 2 inch thicknes s protects my joint's during workouts. The length and width are also perfect. If you're an older person, this is the exercise mat for you and you can't beat the price. Buy with confidence!