I love my compression socks, sleeves (and leggings too!). I have about six different pairs of compression socks and three different pairs of compression sleeves. By far, the best pair of socks I have are the Zensah compression socks that I won in a #runchat tweet chat a few months ago. I recently bought a pair of Zensah sleeves that I love, too.
Why does compression gear work? Zensah’s got a great blog post on it, but here are some main points:
- Compression improves circulation and oxygenated blood flow to improve performance and enhance recovery.
- Improved circulation reduces the buildup of lactic acid
- Enhance athlete’s warm-up by increasing the temperature of the skin and the muscle
- Provide an extra support to stabilize the muscle tissue, reducing inflammation and micro trauma
I mostly wear socks for recovery, but I’ll use my Zensah sleeves during ballet and sometimes while running.
Chilling in my Zensah socks in my messy room