Does Compression Clothing Really Work?

Does Compression Clothing Really Work?

Is compression clothing the newest workout-enhancing necessity, or just another fashion trend? With all of the brightly colored, shape-hugging shirts, shorts, and sleeves out there, it can be tempting to spend a pretty penny on the latest workout gear!

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The concept of compression gear is to apply pressure to a certain part of the body as a way to increase blood flow back to the heart.  For example, compression sleeves worn around the lower legs are intended to help prevent blood from pooling, resulting in decreased swelling. The most common benefit of compression clothing is seen during recovery. Many fans of the compression clothing line, specifically the leg sleeves, report less muscle discomfort after long endurance runs. If you’re expecting the compression gear to increase your speed or give you better endurance, think again. While they help with decreasing discomfort from swelling after running, there’s no proven benefit during your workout.

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