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Wear the Right Clothes for the Activity, Maybe

By Tom Herrin

It has always been said that people should dress the part.  In other words, they should dress appropriate for the type of activity they will be involved in with something that either protects them or enables them to perform well.  In today’s society, one of those popular kinds of workout apparel is compression wear. It may not have completely replaced the sweats and gym shorts of the past, but it has made a pretty good run at it.  Not only is it seen at most exercise venues but also at the market, school activities, and generally around town.

The Socks Are an Old Standard

For many years, compression socks have been used for people who have had surgery or some other health issue.  Since blood may pool in places that are more distant from the heart, it is at risk of forming dangerous clots.  The socks can help to keep pressure on the outside of the blood vessels helping to return it to the heart. Some people with varicose veins have also worn them.  The track record for compression socks is fairly successful.

The Shorts Fit Like a Second Skin

Most of the shorts or pants people may be seen wearing are pretty snug.  They may provide support for muscles that may be slightly strained or overworked.  They are a popular choice for many who ride bicycles. They have been used for quite some time under other clothing as well.  One of their main selling points is that they often help prevent fatigue. They are also really comfortable unless they are simply too snug.  As long as they are not stuffed with more body than they are intended to hold, they are fine. In other words, they are not likely to hide anything.

The Tops Are Increasing in Use

Compression-style shirts have become a little more common in the last few years.  They come in a large variety of kinds and colors. Many people prefer to wear them during a workout while others choose to wear them after a workout to prevent swelling.  I have worn them some and enjoy them in the right circumstances. For those who feel they may be getting that sculptured look, it may be enhanced by a good compression top.  If that fits your style, you may want to pick up a cape to go with them; nothing like the superhero look.

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

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