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3 Benefits of Compression for Recovery

June 22nd, 2012

Break out some compression apparel like these Vitalsox compression socks for a quicker recovery.

You train hard and demand a lot of your muscles. Are you taking care of them afterward? Using compression gear can help decrease recovery time so that you’re ready for your next workout sooner. Check out some of the benefits of compression below.

1. Increased Blood Flow

Compression apparel for recovery puts consistent pressure on the muscles, which allows the arterial walls to relax. When the arterial walls relax, the diameter of the arteries increases, and more oxygen-rich blood is able to flow to the muscles. This increased oxygen flow speeds recovery time to get you ready for your next training session sooner.

2. Vein Support

The veins use a system of one-way valves to carry blood back to the heart to be re-oxygenated. When a runner is stationary for long periods of time, blood can begin to pool in the feet and ankles. Graduated compression (which is most compressive at the extremities and gradually becomes less compressive as it gets closer to the heart) helps move this blood back to the heart to be re-oxygenated.

3. Muscle Support

When muscles are engaged in activity like running, they vibrate as they absorb impact. Minimizing these vibrations during recovery can help the muscles to recover more quickly. Compression gear like graduated compression socks can help to minimize muscle vibrations during recovery so you’re ready to get back on the roads or trails with less muscle soreness.

See the Compression Apparel for Women and Compression Apparel for Men we carry at Running Warehouse to find the right products to help you recover and stay fresh.

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