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Loose or Snug Workout Clothes?

By Tom Herrin

Fortunately for all, people are a lot different.  That is, they have all kinds of preferences in the things they do.  When it comes time to get a little exercise, people have a variety of ways they prefer to dress.  It seems that for many years, the dress of choice was more the loose-fitting type. Sweatpants or gym shorts with a sweatshirt or T-shirt was usually standard attire.  Looking around at people today may reveal a different type of dress for the same exercise. Some is simply a matter of preference, and some may actually be what can best fit a given need.

Shirts or Tops

There are still plenty of options to choose from in shirts.  The old-style sweatshirt is still pretty good, especially in cooler temperatures.  They allow both insulation and airflow. Compression tops have become a little more popular recently.  They may help to provide a little support as well as help to reduce swelling. Some people feel as if they provide a measuring stick for their personal progress.  As people trim up, they can be happy about the image they begin to see, but it may take time.

Socks or Stockings

There is not much different about socks.  Many people have chosen looser socks or ankle socks.  They don’t feel so restricted when they wear them. On the other hand, compression socks have been used for many years in hospitals and other medical facilities.  Their primary purpose has been to maintain pressure against the blood vessels to prevent blood from remaining in areas that are a greater distance from the heart. When this happens, there is a greater risk of clots.  Compression socks can help alleviate this problem.

Shorts or Pants

Whenever I look around at people in casual or active attire, I see plenty of them wearing compression shorts.  They seem to be more common in things other than exercise clothing. I have worn the shorts with some favorable experience.  They may provide a little extra support for both the muscles and the joints, protecting soft tissue. They may also help prevent fatigue.  Depending on just how snug they are, they may improve airflow. Many people seem to choose to wear them for riding bicycles. They do a good job of saving the areas that make the most contact with the seat from excessive soreness.  If you are in the market for active wear and tend to have a few minor injuries, you may want to try compression apparel.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elk Grove, Calif.


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