Benefits of Compression Wear During Workouts
Compression wear is often associated with injury or illness, but many athletes swear by it for regular use. There’s more to compression gear than socks, though. We discuss the benefits of compression wear and how they translate to athletes.
Increases blood flow
Compression wear can reduce the amount of lactic acid build up after a workout. It improves the body’s blood flow and general circulation. Compression socks, specifically, are used by air travelers and sufferers of varicose veins because these socks reduce swelling caused by an increase in blood flow. Athletes can experience the same benefit.
Reduces muscle fatigue
Increased blood flow and minimized muscle soreness allow your body to recover faster. During a workout, your muscles get tired and their effectiveness reduces. Sometimes, your body will swell or shake when this happens. Supporting your muscles with compression gear reduces the amount of muscle fatigue you may feel and can extend the duration of your workout.
Minimizes muscle soreness
Wearing compression gear while working out can lead to reduced muscle soreness. This gear supports your muscles while you move, so your muscles can recover from a workout much faster. Compression wear essentially applies pressure to your muscles; this reduces swelling, regulates blood flow, and reduces muscle soreness.
Since compression wear supports your muscles and conforms to your body, it can also improve your comfort level. The breathable fabric helps you stay dry and allows you to move with ease. Men’s compression leotards, for example, can support your groin and maximize your comfort level while working out.
When you work out, your body can swell. With compression gear, you can reduce, or even prevent, swelling. For runners, strain on your feet might slow you down—compression socks can support your feet. The improved blood flow will also allow your body to regulate itself.
- Elyse Aufmann