Compression Clothes: Right for You?
By Tom Herrin
As people seek to expand or change their supply of clothing, most want to look good. There are plenty of things that are flashy, sporty, or simply sharp. As for exercise clothing, the current thing may be compression apparel. Passing by the local park can mean the opportunity to see some of the widest variety of such. People may be seen jogging, walking, or otherwise playing. The same may be said of a visit to an elementary school as moms pick up their children. Ditto for the grocery store. What was once considered exercise clothing is now active wear in general. With the wide range of these clothes available, there should well be something for everyone.
Compression Socks Are an old Standard
While they may not have been originally designed just for exercising, compression socks were designed to protect health. They are often given to people who have had surgery or experienced some other health problem. Many times people experiencing these issues can end up with blood accumulating in areas that have the greatest distance from the heart. This may result in blood clots that can then travel and cause serious problems. Compression clothing can help to maintain adequate pressure on the blood vessels to help keep the blood circulating.
Compression Shorts Are Increasingly Common
Shorts and pants in materials made for compression are frequently seen in all of those settings mentioned previously. Many people wear these when exercising, but many wear them throughout the day for other activities. They are comfortable and generally supporting. They may provide a feeling of freedom of movement. They also provide good air circulation that can be a great help when people are engaged in activities that produce heat. They can help people to avoid fatigue.
It seems that I see more people wearing various kinds of tops made of compression materials. They can help provide a little support and may keep down inflammation. For those of us who seek to improve our overall condition, a snug-fitting compression shirt can make us feel as if we are making progress. For those who are not yet ready for these, a loose-fitting top can be much more complimentary and provide for better self-esteem. If you haven’t already, you may want to pick up a set and give them a try provided you've got the body for it.
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