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There Are Clothes for All Purposes

By Tom Herrin

People wear all kinds of things for various reasons.  Uniforms may represent some kind of group or help to make a task easier.  They may allow movement or provide greater protection in certain circumstances.  When it comes to general activewear, something that helps people to cool off may be useful.  For many kinds of exercise activities, compression clothing is pretty popular. People may be seen wearing them in all kinds of activities.  Are they more for style, comfort, or health? It could be that they can do all of those things but expectations should be realistic.

Compression Shirts or Vests?

Some people choose to wear compression clothing on their upper body.  It may be during or after exercise. Compression cloths may help a person to feel that they have extra support.  They may also help to reduce swelling when worn following a workout. For those who have the build for it, they are great for that superhero look.  More often than not, it may not quite do that. For those who have bulges where they would rather not have them, it may not be the best look. Loose fitting clothing may be a better way of hiding places that are not yet as fit as people would prefer.

Compression Socks or Stockings?

When it comes to something to protect the legs, especially the calves, compression stockings are a big help.  Anytime someone has had a surgery or other condition, blood may tend to pool in areas that are a greater distance from the heart.  The result can be blood clots. This can be a serious condition. Compression socks can help to apply pressure against the walls of the blood vessels.  This can improve circulation, moving blood back to the heart. There are a few other times in which these are helpful as well.

Compression Shorts or Pants?

Wearing compression clothing in place of pants or shorts may serve some some good purposes.  Many people choose to wear them when participating in some kinds of activities. They may help people feel that they have more support while exercising.  They are really popular with those who ride bicycles. I ride a bicycle but haven’t felt they were always necessary. I tried wearing them under my pants when riding a horse for several days while at a youth camp with pretty good results.  They seemed to prevent saddle soreness, which can be a great problem when people haven’t ridden for a good while. This is usually a problem with the muscles and soft tissue in the hip area. They also provide good airflow. This helped to prevent problems due to excess moisture from being in a saddle for hours.  

The bottom line on compression clothes is that they may do some good things. Try them and see where they help you, but don’t expect them to hide parts of your figure. Loose fitting clothes work much better for that.

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

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