When you're out for your run and you get to that point of fatigue, what do you do to help yourself keep going? Some people have mental tricks, others put on their highest energy song to keep with the beat, and a few can just turn off their mind and keep going. Regardless of what strategies you use to keep pushing harder, there comes a point in time where your body simply cannot physically endure much more stress. Lactic acid is flooding your legs, your breaths are getting shorter, and eventually you have to stop. You were THAT much closer to beating your previous goals, but came just short, and you felt like you've exhausted all the different methods of pushing yourself further. However, there is one thing you may be missing that could very well change the way you train forever. Compression socks! How would tight socks help you with running? Just these three reasons will help you understand why:
Compression increases proprioceptive awareness
Part of the muscle fatigue that occurs during running is due to the constant shock on your muscles and joints, especially when you're running on uneven surfaces or unpaved roads. This forces you to think more about balance, stability, and form. By applying graduated compression to your leg, you are reducing muscle wobble resonance, thus allowing you to focus on just running, and nothing else.
Compression promotes increased circulation
The worst thing that can happen while you're on a run is getting a cramp in your foot or calf. It completely ruins the rhythm, and even discourages you from continuing your run. Besides eating a banana prior to your run, putting on compression socks will keep your circulation flowing, ensuring that you won't get an unwanted cramp during training.
Compression reduces lactic acid buildup
Recovery is as much of an important part of training as physical activity itself. If you don't recover properly, then you won't be primed for your training or even worse, the actual event. By applying a lighter compression while you're resting, you are helping your legs flush out any excess lactic acid buildup, thus shortening the overall recovery time. You'll feel more well rested and ready to take on another work out sooner.
There are a number of different styles of sports compression, but only a handful of them are quality garments that will last through the toughest of workouts. The Sigvaris Performance Running sock is breathable, supportive, and stylish. If you don’t like wearing socks or run with those Vibram five finger shoes, try out a compression sleeve. CEP and Sigvaris both make really great sleeves, with plenty of fun colors. Finally, Sigvaris has a recovery sock that is a lighter compression in cotton, so you can rest and be comfortable after your workout. Have questions about measuring and fitting, or just need someone to talk to? Get in touch with us via email email@example.com.