You know that feeling you get when you first finish a marathon? That sense of accomplishment and pride is hard to beat, but 24 hours later, a new feeling emerges…er, lack of feeling. You realize that, while you made record time, you sacrificed a few toenails along the way. And, whoops, you’ve lost all feeling in your legs. Don’t worry, you’ll recover eventually — but you could recover a whole lot faster (or avoid the whole ordeal in the first place) by slipping on a pair of compression socks.
Once reserved for diabetics and airplane pilots, compression socks have now been picked up by runners, bikers, and hikers alike – and they don’t plan on putting them down anytime soon. Here’s why: compression socks stimulate blood flow, increase circulation, and reduce lactic acid buildup. The result? Faster recovery after your run or workout. On top of that, compression socks effectively minimize muscle fatigue and prevent leg cramps – allowing you to run farther and faster than ever before.
Let’s face it, bad socks can ruin your run. The wrong material will hold moisture and toxins against your skin — forming painful blisters and black toenails. A loose fit will not only allow blood to pool in your feet, but can result in marathon-halting chafing. The sound of your feet pounding the pavement might be music to your ears, but that pounding will likely result in swollen knees, shin splints, or stress fractures. Yikes! That marathon you’ve been training so hard for is starting to sound more like a torture device for your lower extremities.
Don’t let a blister get in the way of your goal. Whether you’re hitting the track, the trail, or the treadmill, compression socks will maximize your workout and ensure that you cross the finish line with no less than ten toenails (and a record time to boot!). Now that feels good.
Workout of the Day
ME Lower Body
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
135/95 Power Cleans x 5 reps
Push-Ups 10 reps