What is with the compression craze? Why do runners wear compression socks/sleeves? What is the benefit? These are just a few of the compression questions I get on a regular basis.
A little about Zensah:
Based on the Italian word "SENZA" meaning to be "without" so too should athletes be "without limits." This mantra inspires us each and every day to create the most cutting edge sports apparel. All of our products are developed using seamless technology, simply meaning they are made without seams.
Zensah was created to help athletes at all levels improve their performance by utilizing innovative sportswear made with cutting edge technology.
I first learned about Zensah and compression socks/sleeves in 2011. I had major back surgery in January 2011 and during recovery researched products that would help with the side effects of the sciatica in my left leg caused by the herniated disc. The Sciatica left my left leg weaker than the right and I wanted to try anything I could that may help.
Since that moment, I started using a pair of Zensah Compression Sleeves during my training runs.
Compression sleeves and socks are designed to enhance blood circulation and oxygen flow before, during or after an athletic performance.
When I got my first pair of Zensah sleeves, I was using just the left sleeve while running to aid my damaged leg.
But as I did more research, I learned they also had benefits during pre-running prep and post-running recovery.
Now I use my Zensah sleeves and socks all the time. ;)
My first pair of sleeves were subtle - a nice black - that could blend in with my running pants.
But no longer - the brighter the better I say!
So I was pysched when Zensah offered up a pair of neon yellow socks.
Can you see me coming?
I took a casual recovery walk the day after the Boston Marathon and I took the Zensah socks along for the trip.
I could feel the aching and soreness in my legs slowly leaving as I wore the socks and kept my legs moving.
A few days after the marathon it was time to once again lace up the sneakers and go for a run. Again, I brought the Zensah socks along for the trip.
I had set out to run just a couple miles to shake the legs out, but wearing the Zensah Compression socks gave me the strength to run farther. My legs felt strong enough to leg out a 4 mile run - double what I had set out to do.
Not a runner or athlete, Zensah Compression socks can still work for you.
Since they are designed up help with blood flow in the legs, I love to wear socks under my pants when on a plane or around the house after a long car ride. They can easily fit under a pair of work pants so there have been times when I have rocked them under some work pants when I know I will be on my feet for an extended period of time during the day.
Or feel free to boldly wear them with whatever outfit you may be wearing. ;)
The Zensah Compression socks will run you $50, but it is a true investment. They are versatile and improve both athletic performance and general health of your legs.
Plus, who doesn't need a little color in their lives?
So head on over to Zensah and check out the many different colors and patterns they offer for Compression Socks and Sleeves.
Have you caught on to the Compression craze? When do you tend to wear them the most?