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Compression Clothing: Style, Comfort or Support?

By Tom Herrin

Many people feel that in order to get a good workout, they need to dress the part.  At least, it often seems to make them feel as if they are successful. A valid question may be exactly what does a successful participant look like?  Dressing for success may work and do some good things for health as well as be a little stylish when done with good judgement and taste. In today’s world, one might think that compression clothing is the order of the day rather than only for exercising.  It seems that people may be seen in all kinds of casual settings wearing them.

Compression Tops

Some of the shirts and vests available that are compression type have become increasingly common.  They may allow better air supply to the body as well as help to prevent some swelling following exercise.  They are not a magical cure for sculpting a body. They may not be complementary for those who are still in phase 1 of a diet and exercise program.  The superhero look may fit some people but be a good thing to avoid for others.

Compression Legwear

For many years, people have been given compression socks or stockings following surgeries or for other health issues.  They can help to move blood away from the extremities and back to the heart by applying pressure on the blood vessels. This can help to prevent blood clots that often form under certain conditions.  People with some kinds of circulatory issues can have good protection when wearing these.

Compression Shorts

The number of people who wear compression shorts or pants seems to be growing.  Many people feel that they provide support for the muscles and joints. They also allow for good air circulation which can keep people cooler during activity.  Many people wear them for not only working out but also for everyday activities. It is not uncommon to see women wearing them while taking their kids to school, shopping for groceries, or any other everyday activities.  I wear them on occasion and feel somewhat comfortable with them. They can be good for exercising. I would not advise going out and buying an entire wardrobe without trying a pair first. Just how snug you want them will vary.  What may seem comfortable for some will unpleasant for others.

And one more thing, don’t buy them believing they will hold everything in place where you want them. Take a good look in a mirror before deciding to wear them out and about.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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