Many people hear the words “compression socks” and immediately think, ‘I’m way too young for those!’ What they don’t realize is, no matter your age, background, health or fitness level, compression socks can provide amazing benefits to many people…. athletes, expectant mothers and nurses alike!
Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Wear Compression Socks!
1. You sit all day at work
There’s a reason why people refer to the calf muscle as the “second heart.” This is because the calf acts as a steady pump during movement and pressurizes veins in the lower leg, allowing blood to properly flow back to your heart. However, if you sit at a desk all day, these muscles are inactive and can cause blood to pool in the lower legs leading to a whole host of other issues.
Walking and running encourages more blood flow by using the calf as a muscle pump for your veins, but standing in one position can turn this pump off, forcing your heart to work harder and your legs to suffer. This is why teachers, hair stylists, retail employees, trade workers and hospitality staff are all great candidates for using compression socks! Your legs will feel less fatigued, less swollen and less achy when your shift is done.3. You workout!
If you workout, achieving fast muscle recovery and reducing muscle soreness are probably pretty important to you. Studies have shown that wearing compression socks during exercise and recovery can lessen muscle soreness in the legs and calves, helping you complete your next workout with more power and intensity!
Unfortunately, prolonged sitting while flying increases your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis – or blood clots. But when you wear compression socks on your flight, you’re increasing your blood circulation, drastically reducing the chance of swelling, blood pooling, soreness and fatigue!
Funky or athletic, business casual or fashionable, both medical and off-the-shelf socks come in a variety of materials, patterns and styles. Whether you need something sharp for work or enjoy the ‘athleisure’ aesthetic, compression socks will look as good as they feel!