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Compression Socks: What’s the Deal?

When we first heard of compression socks, we immediately wondered “what’s the deal?” There always seems to be something “new” hitting the market, especially in the running realm. But “new” doesn’t always mean “best”. And it for sure doesn’t mean “tried and true”. Sometimes the trends are here to stay, while other times they are as fleeting as your runner’s high. One trend that has been around for a while, and not only in the running world, is that of compression socks. If you don’t already have a pair of compression socks (or seven) in your running wardrobe, keep reading to see why you may want to add them.

Benefits of Compression Socks

*Boosts Circulation. Compression socks help boost circulation in your legs. They do this by gently squeezing your legs in a way that promotes blood flow from the legs toward the heart.

*Quickens Recovery Time. With increased blood flow from the gentle “hug” compression socks give your legs, your broken down soft tissue can repair itself more quickly. When you recover quicker, that means you can get back to running or working out faster. It’s a win-win.

*Aids Against Fatigue. Whether you are a nurse, a teacher or a mom on the go, we are sure you are well aware of the toll being on your feet for long periods of time can take on your body. Wearing compression gear helps to combat fatigue by fighting the swelling in your feet and ankles that can occur after standing for hours at a time.

*Long Lasting Comfort. No matter if you are wearing compression socks after a hard hill workout, during your long run, while finishing 18-holes of golf or on a cross-country flight, your legs and feet will thank you for giving them the right pressure in just the right places.

*Adds Color and Personality. The health-care issued compression stockings seen around senior centers or hospitals may be boring, even if they do have medical benefits, but they have come a long way since their creation. Many brands make compression socks not only functional, but fashionable. They can be an accessory that not only helps you feel great, but look great too.

We have recently released a line of Sparkle Athletic’s Race Legs Compression Socks (made exclusively by PRO Compression) that we believe are the perfect way to get an edge and gussy up any running outfit. Grab a pair today and we are sure your legs will thank you tomorrow.

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