Years ago, when you walked into any gym or health club, most people were wearing “baggy” clothing. You and your fellow gym-goers where usually sporting sweatpants and big t-shirts or sweat shirts. This style of clothing had the benefits of being comfortable as well as hiding those problem spots most of us were in the gym trying to get rid of.
At the gym today, we see most of the gym goers wearing tight, sleek and often very colorful gear. This gear is known as compression gear and just about any type of clothing pieces can be seen: sleeves, tops, tights and even skull caps. There’s even benefits of thermal compression wear for winter sports.
You probably have not thought of wearing compression gear outside of the gym. You probably only wear compression outdoors during the warmer months and/or on the outdoor field, usually during the warmer months. However, compression wear offers many benefits for the winter sports enthusiasts.
Benefits of Compression in Cold Weather
Compression gear is designed to keep your body at an optimal temperature during any type of workout, so it will be especially beneficial in the cold.
Compression clothing can be used as a base layer in colder weather. The form-fitting gear works well as an additional layer between any type of workout gear, including tracksuits and ski pants. These garments will not restrict your movement and will not impede your entire range of motions, all while keeping you warmer.
When your muscles are kept warmer, you will avoid pulled muscles and cramps. Additionally, compression gear increases your circulation so your muscles will be receiving an optimal blood flow.
Speaking of circulation, because compression gear increases circulation, your blood will receive more oxygen, which will help your performance, and keep you a bit warmer.
Compression gear is constructed with materials that can eliminate moisture, eradicate or retain body heat to provide the wearer with a dry, comfortable solution, no matter the weather.
Compression gear can also help you avoid possible chafing that can happen with sports such as running and skiing in the winter months.
Finally, compression gear, in addition to providing many benefits during a workout, can help with a faster after-workout recovery. Because one of the main benefits of compression provides is higher circulation levels, compression gear can help eliminate lactate build up in the muscles. It is this build up that often leads to soreness in your muscles.
Many compression wearers indicate that compression tights are one of the most popular gear types for cold weather. However, you can also try wearing shirts, socks, stockings, and sleeves depending on your sport and your compression needs.
If you want to know more about the benefits of thermal compression wear for winter, or just have general questions about what type of clothing will work best for you, we invite you to give us a call at ZeroPoint Compression and we will help you find the very best compression for you!