What are compression tights?
There are workout gear trends that come and go due to their gimmicky nature (remember sauna belts, anyone?). And then, there are clever, innovative approaches to fitness attire that are here to stay.
Imagine if we told you that one simple garment could help improve circulation during workouts, hence potentially increasing performance, as well as assist recovery? Fortunately, such garment exists, in a form of compression tights.
If you’re not quite sure what compression tights are, we’re happy to elaborate! Basically, compression garments are clothing items that fit very snug around the skin, therefore “compressing” the body. Historically, compression attire has been prescribed by medical professionals to help improve circulation in extremities, especially in the legs. These prescription items can help prevent serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, as well as relieve pressure and pain in individuals who spend a lot of time on their feet at work.
However, today compression tights are successfully used in a variety of sports, thanks to emerging research demonstrating the benefits of compression garments for:
- Improving venous return
- Preventing excessive muscle tissue damage
- Increasing endurance
- Facilitating recovery via rapid removal of lactic acid from muscles
- Promoting efficient thermoregulation
- And more!
But just how different are compression tights from your average spandex pants? The short answer is – very. Made of much tighter elastic which is strategically manufactured, quality compression tights create gradual pressure in all the right places. Quality is very important, and simply purchasing any leggings won’t cut it.
Once you found a good pair, make sure to pick the right size for you to reap the benefits – otherwise you’re risking cutting circulation and jeopardize performance. Quality compression tights are snug, but not excruciatingly so, and still feel great and stretchy. For some excellent suggestions, feel free to browse our catalogue!
Hope this material was helpful, and welcome to the world of compression attire!