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Should You Wear Compression Gear for Your Workout?

By Sara Butler

Compression gear is popular among athletes of all skill levels, but are they really necessary? You may be surprised to learn that there are some solid reasons to wear compression gear, whether you’re simply taking a walk or doing plyometrics. There’s something every athlete can gain. Here’s what you need to know about compression gear and how it can aid your workout.

What is Compression Gear?

Compression gear looks a lot like traditional spandex. They’re items of clothing made from a very stretchy material that molds to your body and puts pressure on the muscles underneath. Many studies have shown that compression gear can have an impact on athletic performance as well as injury prevention.

The Benefits

There are numerous benefits to compression gear. Some of the most noteworthy are:

  • Reduced muscle fatigue -When you wear compression gear during a workout, it can help reduce muscle fatigue and soreness.
  • Prevention of strains – Compression gear can also reduce the risk of muscle strains since it helps to aid in recovery from strain as you’re working out. If you're prone to this type of injury, then compression gear may be for you!
  • Reduction in muscle soreness – Soreness after an intense training session can be brutal, but compression gear can reduce your risk of delayed onset muscle soreness after a workout.
  • Improved performance – Compression gear can help you improve your perceived exertion and help improve endurance. That adds up to better performance during your workout.
  • Improved comfort – One thing often overlooked but of great importance during a workout is comfort. You don’t want gear that is going to rub, chafe, and cause sore spots. Plus, it’s nice to wear gear that won’t ride up as you bend, jump, lift, or stretch.

Should You Wear It?

At the end of the day, whether you buy compression gear is a personal choice. There’s a lot of evidence that it can improve your performance and help you recover, so giving it a try may not be a bad idea. There are many brands out there as well as many different types of gear, from pants to socks to sleeves, so find one that works with your budget and your needs, then put it to the test! You may wonder why you haven’t been wearing compression gear all along!

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

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