Compression Gear

For those who enjoy running one of the many aids to consider is compression gear. Compression gear to the uninitiated is clothing that exerts a specific amount of pressure when worn at key points in the body. The gear applies pressure on your body similar to that applied during a massage and therefore keeps the muscles warm during your exercise regime preventing muscle strain and fatigue. It is also said to reduce lactic acid build up in your body.

Wearing an upper body compression shirt can reduce inflammation and swelling. Wearing compression short squeezes blood back to your heart reducing fatigue. Compression socks help reduce swollen ankles which can occur during exercise but also on flights and just plain sitting.

There are many brands that make compression gear including skins, nike, CW-X and orca among others.  Research has shown that compression gear is most useful when worn for an entire day after the work out. It is also useful for those involved in short explosive movements. Personally, I feel more stable when I am wearing compression shorts but have not really found it helpful so far for fatigue or strain. Compression gear also wear out quickly when you wash them as the exact amount of pressure needs to be applied to each body point to be effective.