Giving your all in the gym or out on the sporting field doesn’t have to be so hard on the body. By taking a few steps to promote recovery and using compression clothing, working out will be your new favourite activity.
The importance of recovery
Most athletes and fitness conscious individuals will know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential for performance and recovery, yet guilt over taking a day off kicks in and they end up overtraining. What you don’t know is that taking time off from training is essential as the body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts.
Recovery allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair any damaged tissues that exercising may have caused. By not allowing yourself time off from training, you’re not allowing the body enough time to do its job which could lead to injury or decreased performance.
Another major focus of recovery has to do with the process the body goes through to remove the chemicals that build up throughout the body as a result of cell activity during exercise. By scheduling workouts back to back, the body doesn’t have enough time to go through its natural recovery process.
More factors influencing recovery include sleep and mental fatigue-stress levels. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is crucial to recovery as it promotes the production of growth hormones which stimulates tissue growth and muscle repair. While mental fatigue decreases endurance and cognitive performance.
Benefits of compression clothing
Wearing compression garments can reduce muscle fatigue and injury. The design of compression wear clings to the body and reduces muscle oscillation (vibration that occurs in the muscle on impact) as legs strike the ground. The higher the frequency of muscle oscillation during a workout, the higher the chance of soreness and muscle fatigue after a workout. Compression wear almost sounds too good to be true, but a recent study has shown that track athletes who wore lower-body compression garments, reduced the muscle impact upon landing by 27 per cent.
The benefits of compression wear also extend to post-workout. After exercise, muscle soreness and weakness can be indicative of tissue damage, however, studies have shown that full-leg compression sleeves are effective in reducing symptoms of exercise induced soreness and muscle weakness. Compression wear has the ability to do this by speeding up the body’s recovery through the removal of lactate acid which can sit in the muscles and cause soreness.
Experts call wearing compression garments recovering the easy way, because just by wearing a piece of compression clothing, individuals can promote muscle relaxation and stimulate blood flow to and from the muscles. The design behind compression wear helps transport more blood into the calf muscles which reduces swelling, pooling and the gathering of lactate. Compression clothing works best when worn in the 12 to 48 hour window after exercise and can even be worn to bed.
Another benefit of compression wear is its ability to aid the injury recovery process. When you experience an injury that doesn’t involve a break, the advice is to rest, apply ice and compress the injured area- enter compression wear. Even an injured knee can be supported by compression wear as it could help take the stress off the injured knee when coming into contact with the ground.
Compression shirts are tops that tighten in certain areas of the chest to strengthen the body. Short sleeve tops are designed to tighten the upper body and chest specifically whereas long sleeved tops tend to tighten in the extremities to increase blood flow back to your core.
The various designs and targets of short and long sleeve compression wear makes them beneficial to anyone sitting or standing. You don’t have to be running or even moving for the compression tops to effectively do their job of reducing swelling and inflammation in the upper body.
When purchasing a compression top, the shirt needs to be close fitting to ensure that the benefits of compression technology can be felt, without being too tight.
Pants and Leggings
Compression bottoms are specially designed to fit like a second skin. They offer more support than activewear and more benefits to your workout and recovery process. Wearing compression pants or leggings improves blood flow to help with any circulation issues which means that more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the muscles to prevent swelling.
Compression pants aid in the prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis and varicose veins while also reducing delayed onset muscle soreness which can hinder subsequent performances or workouts.
Compression clothing is not only a great way to promote recovery, but also a good means to ensure that physical activity doesn’t hit your body any harder than is necessary.
Choose The Right Compression Gear
Are you looking to add high-quality and comfortable compression wear to your exercise wardrobe to help you recover from a tough workout? Canterbury’s latest range of compression wear includes all the latest technology to ensure that you recover faster than ever before.