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Some Exercise Clothing May Be Multipurpose

By Tom Herrin

People generally wear clothing for some basic reasons.  As seasons change, they usually want to wear something that works best with the given situation at the time.  When it comes to what they wear to be actively moving around, they may not need to be as concerned about the need to stay warm in the extreme temperatures.  For being active or doing some kind of exercise, the primary choices seem to be between loose-fitting clothes and snug-fitting apparel. Loose clothes can allow free movement and airflow for some.  Compression clothing may offer more support and still provide some good airflow. Some of it also wicks away moisture better.

Tops May Still Be Tops

While there have been some advances in the way shirts or tops perform, they may be the least specific of the clothing.  In other words, the compression tops function much like any other shirts, but they may provide a minimal amount of support.  In some cases, they may reduce swelling. When considering body types, those who are still in weight-loss mode may find themselves more pleased with the look created by the loose-fitting shirts.  They hide things better.

Socks May Have the Greatest Function

While other clothing items do a few good things, compression socks or stockings may have a very valuable use for many people.  For years, they have been used following surgeries or some other procedure that could put people at risk of blood clots. Wearing these socks can keep pressure applied to the blood vessels, helping the pressure to remain up enough to help force blood back to the heart.  They may also be helpful in the case of people with problems with their veins.

Shorts Are Quite Popular

It seems as if almost everywhere I look, I see people wearing compression shorts.  Moms picking up kids at school, shopping for groceries, or generally out running around can all be seen wearing compression shorts or pants.  Most of them are comfortable and can provide reasonable support. It may take some time to get used to the way they feel, but they can help to alleviate fatigue as well as help support some muscles and other soft tissue.  I have worn some and am reasonably pleased with the results. You may want to try one set and see how they feel. The fit may vary, so don’t buy an entire wardrobe at first. And remember, they work with what is there. They cannot turn bulges into something slim, so exercise caution.

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


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