Compression Socks—The Latest Trend in Running
“Run hard, be strong, think big!” – Percy Cerutty
If you enjoy running like I do, you probably can’t wait to join the hordes of lycra-clad runners soaking up the gorgeous B.C. scenery, and breathing in that West Coast air. With spring just a hop, skip, and jump away, the idea of taking a break from that stale old treadmill in a smelly, crowded gym is starting to sound pretty good right about now.
From zipping along the seawall to participating in one of the numerous marathons, I, like tons of Vancouverites, absolutely love to take my workouts outside. My calves, on the other hand, not so much. No matter how much stretching and strengthening I do, the long, hard runs always seem to get the better of me, leaving my legs sore and achy the next day.
Compression socks are taking off everywhere
Whether you’re a veteran marathon runner or a newbie to jogging, you’ve probably noticed that compression socks are popping up all over the place, adopted by runners of every level. So why are so many runners sporting compression socks these days?
What’s all the buzz about?
Primarily used for pregnant women, air travelers, older people, or anyone that has to spend all day on their feet, compression socks have been all the rage with many runners lately. And for good reason—the people who use them swear by them. These snug-fitting, knee-high socks are not only believed to stimulate blood flow, but also thought to help legs recover faster after a hard run.
For example, by compressing the veins, arteries, and muscles on the surface of the legs, compression socks make it less likely for blood to pool in the feet. For runners, that means better circulation, a reduction in muscle fatigue, and faster recovery times.
Another main reason runners use compression socks is to cut back on muscle soreness triggered by impact vibration. When we run, our legs pound hard on the ground, causing our muscles and tendons to vibrate. Scores of runners believe compression socks helps to minimize muscle vibrations, which in turn, decreases soreness of their muscles after running.
I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m far from a hard core runner, having only finished my first half marathon recently. But hey, if these trendy support socks can help ease my pain and give me the leg up I’m looking for (pun intended), I’ll take any advantage I can get.
Are you getting ready for the running season? Have you ever tried compression socks?
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