Disclaimer: I received free product to review through Pro Compression. I received no other compensation. As always all opinions are my own.
I recently had the chance to test out some compression socks from Pro Compression and wanted to share my thoughts on them with you, along with some alternative ways (outside of running) to take advantage of the benefits of compression socks! Keep reading to find out how I put my compression socks to good use and for details on how to enter my giveaway for a FREE pair of compression socks from Pro Compression!
So what are compression socks and how do they work?
Compression socks are used by runners in attempt to recover from hard workouts and races as quickly as possible. The snug-fitting, knee-high socks are meant to increase circulation and reduce lactic acid build-up, according to Runner’s World. Compression socks can be worn before, during and after a workout, depending on the personal preference of each individual runner. The true graduated compression in Pro Compression socks promotes circulation by squeezing fluids away from your feet and ankles toward your knees and core. This design reduces swelling and inflammation and provides critical support to muscles and tendons, according to Pro Compression.
Before athletes started using compression socks, medical-grade graduated compression socks have been used to combat the formation of blood clots for decades. By increasing the circulation and blood flow, research has found the socks to be effective for bed-ridden and inactive patients, according to Competitor.
Who can benefit from compression socks?
- Anyone can benefit, especially those who spend too much time sitting or standing! (flight attendants, airplane travelers, retail workers, waitresses, etc)
- Runners and endurance athletes
- Those suffering from varicose veins
- Elderly and/or handicap bed-ridden or inactive patients
My thoughts on compression socks
(Just to show you how much of a fan I was of this product before doing this review, I wanted to show you all of the pairs of compression socks and sleeves I already purchased with my own money.)
I’m a huge fan of using compression socks before, during and after long runs, but since my knee injury, I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to use my cute compression socks until I got better. One day after an exceptionally strenuous spin class, I decided to put on my compression socks and see if they worked the same after spin as they did for me after long runs. Do you want to hear something really exciting?!!? THEY DID!!! YAY! I didn’t have to retire my compression socks until I got back into running after all!
I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me sooner, but I’ve noticed a significant difference in how much less tired my legs feel after a couple days of back to back spin classes if I’ve worn compression socks or sleeves to bed the night before. That way I’m able to get back on the spin bike the next day with just as much power and strength as I had the day before! SCORE!
When I’m not injured and getting ready for a long run, I like to wear compression socks or sleeves around the house and to bed the night before the run, then wear a pair to the actual run and then wear them for the rest of the day and night after the run (all clean pairs, of course!). I find this really helps me feel back to normal much sooner than I would without them. Compression socks were a must for me leading up to my half marathon in January, when I was absolutely petrified that I wouldn’t be able to preform as good as planned, thanks to a cross country plane ride and three days of walking around Disney World before hand. I summoned my inner Tinkerbell and wore my bright green compression socks to bed the night before the race and woke up feeling ready to tackle my first half marathon!
Another thing I really like about Pro Compression socks is that they come out with a cute new design for their marathon socks and calf sleeves to match the season each month! This months’ design are these cute red, white and blue snowflake socks, which I included in my “Fitness Gifts Under $50” gift guide at the beginning of this month. Right now, you can get 40% off this sock of the month by entering the promo code “SNOW” when you check out!
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This giveaway is open until Tuesday, December 23th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will randomly be chosen from the comments below and announced on the blog Wednesday, December 24th.
Questions of the Day:
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Do you notice a benefit from using them?
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