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What Are Compression Clothing For-All The Hype Around It

Nowadays, everyone is so focused on the newest fitness trends and are all about eating healthy what they’re inputting into their body. It’s always about how their body feeling on the inside, which is no problem at all and is also essential, but what about the outside. Compression garments, also known as shapewear, are quite a popular topic, but still doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. What is it? How does it work? How can it benefit me? All questions you’re probably asking right now and in this blog will answer all of them. But in short, they’re garments that are tightly fitted around the skin that are commonly worn by medical patients and athletes that provide many benefits and comfort to your body to allow you to perform at your fullest potential. Plus, they can also be incredibly fashionable.

What Is The Purpose of Compression Clothing?

As I said before, compression clothing is tightly fitted clothes, and when worn, is said to provide significant positive results for the body. If you’re a fitness workaholic, you know that the worst feeling for your body is a day or two after a workout. Your muscles feel sore, tore down (which is true), and you feel so exhausted and lazy to the point where you don’t feel like doing anything. Trust me; I’ve been there. Well, what if I told you compression garments could change all that. Compression wear clothes specially engineered to minimize delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), improve your athletic performance, increase blood flow, and give you all the comfort you need to feel at ease. Its purpose is to facilitate a speedy recovery and enhance your athletic performance.

Many of you may ask how does it achieve this? To answer that, you must know the origin of compression wear. They were initially created for medical purposes; aimed toward patients who suffer from swelling and vascular disorders such as peripheral edema, pedal edema, and lymphedema. Doctors discovered that the garments’ tightness prevented blood clots from forming, resulting in smoother blood flow, which helped the sick patients. Even though it was initially used to treat patients suffering from afflictions, the pressure that the compression created positively impacted athletes and runners during and after their performances. For runners specifically, it was said that these clothes enhanced their jumping and running abilities. By promoting more blood circulation, your muscles recover faster, reinforcing, and magnifying your athletic skills.

To summarize, they decrease your efforts by synonymously amplifying your outcome.

Material They’re Created From

Compression wear is a mix of materials that ensure maximum compression and resistance by implementing a set amount of qualities such as flexibility for swift movement and restraint to constrict muscles mildly. The amount of pressure that wields depends on the mechanical structures and qualities of the fabric. They are created from the most common elastomeric fibers, such as Nylon, polyester, spandex, Elastane, magicotton, and more.

All these materials are breathable, sweat-wicking, lightweight, comfortable, durable, and tight. In theory, all garments should be seamless, but if not, they’ll be constructed with different types of flat seams. Out of all the fabrics I mentioned, Elastane is the most vital to maintain the garment’s recovery.

It’s important to point out that not all compression clothing provides stretch. As I said before, they’re a blend of materials, so one material purpose may solely be to provide maximum compression.

Types of Compression Apparel

Compression apparel’s goal is to aim at specific muscle extremities that need rehabilitation or more blood flow to it. The most common types of compression garments are socks/stockings, leggings, long sleeve/short sleeve shirts, tanks, shorts, and bodysuits.
 

Benefits of Compression Clothing

Comfort: Number one and by far the most important is comfort. All compression gear is breathable, lightweight, sweat-wicking, and is embedded with non-sweat technology fibers. All these features will equip you to exercise at your upmost potential with physical ease.

 Speedy Recovery and decreased muscle fatigue: The tightness of the garments narrows your veins, resulting in blood flowing faster and more efficiently to your heart, pumping oxygen-rich blood toward your sore, tired muscles. This gives all the healthy nutrients your muscles need to recover fast and swiftly.

Injury prevention: Compression apparel compresses your muscles, reducing micro muscle tears produced by muscle vibrations during exercise. Additionally, by regulating your body temperature and enhancing your recovery process, your muscles are less likely to be fatigued during your workouts, preventing trauma to them!

Heightened Performance: The pressure applied increases blood flow and reduces the formation or buildup of lactic acid, preventing soreness. Your body then naturally starts to have greater endurance, energy, and more substantial muscle power, resulting in better body functionality.

Increased muscle building: The increased blood flow escalates muscle growth by keeping them plump.

Supportive: The tightly woven apparel fits soundly on the body, restricting your bodily tissues from overexertion, providing support by properly holding them up.

Reduced body oscillation: Improves posture and body alignment by reserving energy.

Leaner body Look: The tightness and pressure shape your body in a certain way, creating the illusion that you’ve lost weight, essentially giving you a slimmer, leaner profile.

Normal Price Range

As always price depends on the brand you’re purchasing from. As you can see from the products that I’ve offered you, a brand like Under Armour is more expensive due to the high-quality tech they manufacture with, but remember this also means that offers more benefits. The clothing items will last longer, feel more comfortable, and offer a broader range of styles. The average price range can be from $20-$100.

Dress to COMpress!!

To sum everything up, compression gear functions by decreasing the vibrations that emit from your skeletal muscles, increasing your overall energy and endurance, and reducing muscle trauma vulnerability. There are several benefits that they offer to keep your body healthy and safe long term. They are technologically manufactured to have compressive and durable features. They’re usually worn post-exercise, but can be worn anytime you want. Lastly, there’s a variety of different types and styles that you get to choose from. I hope this article was useful for you and if you have any questions, please leave them below.

6 Comments

  • OlaBee

    I had no idea that compress clothing got so many purposes and provides so many benefits. I like Under Armour clothing but never knew all the details about that. Thanks for your informative article.

  • Jade

    Hi Aminah,

    Thanks for this article; it’s super informative! I am a novice when it comes to athletics and athletic-wear, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to get into into more, and I’ve seen a lot of compression products out there, but was admitedly very skeptical that they actually could make a difference.

    I will look into this further and consider getting my own compression clothing as soon as I find the time to get back into working out! Thank you!

    Jade

    • Aminah

      No problem, I’m glad that I could help. It’s important to research on different brands to find the best fit for you, so continue to take your time. If you have any questions in the future let me know!

  • Deb

    I was familiar with compression socks for diabetics but I didn’t know it was available in workout clothing. I was also unaware of its benefits while exercising. As a fitness entusiast that enjoys running, yoga, Pilates, free weights and Jui Jitsu, I am thankful for this information and will be giving compression clothing a try. Is there different types for specific workouts or can the same outfit do for many different types of exercise?

    • Aminah

      No, Compression clothing can be used for any physical activity. The material they’re engineered with permits them to be worn in many different types of exercises. I hope this helps and I’m glad that you enjoyed this article!

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