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  • Compression Socks for Runners

    Zensah argyle compression socks“If you're not fast you might as well be stylish,” one of my family friends tells a stranger as he stops to ask us about our socks. We were standing in the metro sweaty and heading back home after a five mile run through DC. Indeed we were quite a site to see, me in a purple outfit with Zensah Argyle compression socks in a checkered pink and gray pattern and her with bright red knee high socks (she is a huge University of Arkansas Razorbacks fan). During the run we ran the huge, mountainous hill right by the capital. I mean it's a beast and at that point we had already run up to four miles. I know for most runners four miles is a breeze, but like we established “we might as well be stylish.” Anyway, I am not sure if it is me building up my endurance or the compression socks, but we flew up that hill. I mean we charged it like Bunker Hill flying past the men and women heading home from work. As we finally reached the top of the hill my legs were tired, but not like they normally would be and I attribute that to my compression socks.

    That's because compression socks are designed to improve circulation to flush out lactic acid for a shorter recovery time, boost performance and provide protection and relief from injuries like shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Many professional athletes swear by compression socks and calf sleeves to keep their legs energized during a race or while training. Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi proudly sports his CEP compression socks while competing in marathons and during training. CEP offers a wide range of performance socks and sleeves in bright blues, greens, pinks and purples for men and women, as well as classic white and black.

    Meb Keflezighi, a 38-year-old immigrant from war-torn Eritrea, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years, crosses the finish line. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon and the first since the bombing at the finish line last year on Monday, April 21, 2014. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

    If you want to enhance performance, keep your legs energized with 20-30 mmHg compression. This level of compression is ideal if you want to push yourself during your run. Graduated compression also helps to stabilize and support muscles to reduce fatigue as well as soreness and swelling. Performance compression socks are very popular among runners to run farther, faster without the pain. Most athletic compression socks are made with a breathable, lightweight fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you cool and dry.

    In this photo released by Disney, Adriano Bastos, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Bastos won the 26.2-mile race through all four Walt Disney World theme parks with an official time of 2:22:08. (AP Photo/Disney, Matt Stroshane)

    Most marathoners and #runchat lovers have heard of notorious athletic brands like CEP, Zensah and 2XU. Why? Because they work. Many professional athletes religiously rock these brands while competing, most noticeably due to their bright colors. Zensah compression socks and leg sleeves come in a ton of colors. It's like opening a box of Crayola crayons and taking your pick! These compression garments feature a simple colored background, so they can easily be paired with any workout gear or hidden subtly under clothes at work. They're also great for matching the perfect outfit for themed races. Zensah also offers a couple pairs of cute patterned travel socks to wear on the way to your marathon to keep your legs fresh. The Zensah plantar fasciitis sleeve is a crucial item to have at the ready since it is such a common injury among runners. It fits comfortably in your normal socks and shoes so you can get back to running in no time.

    2XU is the official compression sponsor of some of the world's best professional teams and champions, and is also a proud sponsor of Ironman. 2XU stands for "two times you" and these products do the name justice. 2XU compression socks and calf sleeves are lightweight, made from an antibacterial and moisture-wicking fabric that even provides UPF50+ sun protection! These high-tech socks provide muscle containment to reduce fatigue and damage. Unlike most compression socks, 2XU socks are safe to sleep in, so if you're a runner that swears by sleeping in your socks, these breathable socks are a great choice for you.

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    If you're looking for the perfect "all-in-one" performance and recovery sock, try a pair of socks that provides 15-20 mmHg of compression, so your legs stay energized and heal quickly. This level of compression is also recommended for travel and everyday wear, so you can even wear them to work so your legs are rested for a run afterwards. If you need all-over coverage, try a pairing your socks with the Zensah Recovery Capri - great to wear during or after a run, while traveling, or during the day to promote healing. It is made with an anti-odor, moisture-wicking fabric that thermo-regulates to keep you comfortable at any temperature. This high-tech capri even prevents chafing and stabilizes muscles to prevent injury. You can see why a lot of runners have started wearing compression tights and capris!

    We all know that feeling when you over-do it and your legs are screaming. Luckily, there's an easy fix. After getting back from a long run, throw on a pair of recovery socks so you can get back out there the next day. If you suffered from shin splints in the past, compression socks can help prevent and relieve the pain, so an injury doesn't slow you down. To get the maximum recovery benefits, wear compression socks instead of sleeves. If you're wondering if you should try leg sleeves or socks, it's mostly up to your personal preference. Learn more about the difference between compression socks and sleeves, and see our recommendations in both styles for performance and recovery.

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  • Compression Socks or Sleeves? What's the difference?

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    Compression socks and sleeves are often worn by athletes to recover faster, energize legs and alleviate the pain from common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, cramping and Achilles strains. Graduated compression provides support, the stabilization of muscles and joints and helps to decrease fatigue, swelling and soreness.

    What's the difference between socks and sleeves?

    For the most part, wearing socks or sleeves is a personal preference.  Leg sleeves are made without the foot portion of the sock and provide the same amount of compression as socks.  If you have a lucky pair of ankle socks or sandals, you can still comfortably wear them with calf sleeves. Compression sleeves are also great for triathlons to keep you moving when switching from swimming to cycling. If you are experiencing swelling, you should not wear compression sleeves.

    To get the full recovery and performance benefits of compression, knee highs are ideal. If you are traveling, you should wear compression socks instead of sleeves to prevent blood from pooling in the ankles and feet. Compression socks are more effective in preventing blood clots (DVT) when flying or long periods of inactivity.

    What should I wear for performance or recovery?

    Zensah Compression SocksBoth compression socks and calf sleeves can be worn for performance and recovery. After a long run or tough workout, try 15-20mmHg compression socks to recover faster. To enhance performance, wear socks or sleeves that provide 20-30mmHg compression to boost endurance and to keep your legs feeling energized mile after mile. If you're looking for a sock or sleeve that you can wear for performance, recovery and travel, choose one that provides 15-20mmHg compression.

    Performance:

    1. 2XU Performance Run Socks and Sleeves are designed with a zoned breathability panel for increased air flow and provide UPF50+ sun protection. Made from a lightweight, antibacterial fabric, these socks stabilize muscles to reduce damage and fatigue.
    2. TheraSport Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 20-30mmHg compression and are made from a stretchy fabric that's easy to get on and off. Made with a moisture-wicking fabric to keep your feet cool and dry. Also anti-microbial to prevent odor.
    3. Sigvaris Performance Socks come in lots of bright colors and provide 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance and protect you from injury. Made with high-tech fibers for thermal and odor control. Stabilizes and reduces vibrations of active muscles.
    4. Solidea Micro Massage Leg Sleeves are made with a fabric that is activated as you move to massage your leg and reduces excess fluid [to help speed up recovery]. Made with a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that contains silver to reduces odor.

    Triathlons: The Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve provides 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance. They also dry quickly and are made with a fabric that won't deteriorate in salt, chlorine or fresh water. This style is also available in a 20-30mmHg compression sock.

    Marathons: CEP Progressive Run Socks are some of the most popular running socks out there. Many athletes like Meb Keflezighi are seen competing in them. These socks come in a variety of colors and provide 20-30mmHg of graduated compression so you can run farther, faster with a reduced risk of injury. Also available in calf sleeves.

    Recovery:

    1. Sigvaris Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to remove lactic acid and reduce delayed muscle soreness to speed up recovery. This sock is made with patented DriRelease fabric to eliminate odor and moisture, so you can wear it working out too!
    2. 2XU 24/7 Recovery Socks are designed with additional cushioning to the heel and balls of feet. These socks are safe to sleep in, so you can wake up rested and energized.
    3. CEP Recovery Socks provide graduated compression to reduce lactic acid and decrease muscle soreness. This style is also available with an open toe to wear with sandals.
    4. Therasport Recovery Compression Socks provide 15-20mmHg compression and are available in a variety of fun, eye-catching colors. This style is also available as a leg sleeve.

    Shin Splints: If you have shin splints, these Zensah leg sleeves are designed with wide ribbing for shin and calf support. Made from a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric with silver ions to reduce moisture, bacteria and odor. Great for runners, cyclists and triathletes.

    Plantar Fasciitis: Runners often suffer from plantar fasciitis. Get relief with the Sockwell Plantar Ease Ankle Sock. Made from anti-bacterial and thermo-regulating wool and features a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation. This ankle sock provides 20-30mmHg compression surrounding the arch to minimize pain and reduce inflammation.

    See for yourself! Zensah created a great chart to help you decide if you should wear calf sleeves or compression socks. What is your preference?

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  • Shin Splints - What You Need To Know

    The Basics

    Shin splints refers to pain, soreness and tenderness in your lower leg along the shinbone. Symptoms can also include minor swelling as well. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is caused by stress on the shinbone, which causes you to feel pain during physical activity, but in more serious cases, the pain is constant throughout the day. Shin splints can occur on the inside of your leg (medial shin splints) or on the outside of your leg (anterior shin splints).

    You may be at risk of shin splints if:

    • - You barely stretch or don't at all
    • - Run on uneven surfaces
    • - Have flat feet or high arches
    • - You are new to running or are running long distances
    • - You start exercising more frequently and/or intensely
    • - Wearing worn out shoes or shoes that lack support
    • - Have had shin splints in the past

    Shin splints is very common among runners (especially beginners) and develops when runners switch up their routine, or are running too far, especially on uneven surfaces. Usually, your most dominant leg is affected. This pain can feel so severe that it will keep you from running or working out. If you are a new runner, make sure you don't push yourself! You want to increase the distance you are running gradually to avoid injuries like this.

    Prevention

    "Pounding the pavement" quite literally can cause shin splints. Running downhill puts a lot of stress on the leg and can cause pain and swelling. Beware of running on uneven surfaces. Shin splint symptoms can come on gradually, so pay attention to what your body is telling you so you know the difference between fatigue and an injury.

    It is extremely important to stretch. Also, make sure you are wearing comfortable, supportive shoes. If you already are wearing good running shoes, try getting shoe inserts for additional comfort and protection. You can also wear compression socks or sleeves to protect yourself from shin splints. Compression increases blood flow and helps to reduce swelling, pain and fatigue.

    Zensah Tech+ Hot Pink Compression SocksZensah Tech+ Compression Socks help to prevent shin splints by targeting compression to provide muscle support for your shins and calves. These socks are designed for men and women and feature a lightly cushioned toe and heel. Zensah Compression Calf Sleeves are also great for shin splint relief and are designed with wide ribbing in the front to provide shin support and are available in a variety of colors. These are great if you already have a comfortable pair of ankle socks that you swear by - you can still wear them with these sleeves.

    Treatment

    If shin splints go untreated, the pain will get worse and could result in a stress fracture. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to relieve the pain and feel better, fast. The most important thing you can do is rest. Even if the pain isn't stopping you from running or exercising, it's important to take a break and let it heal. It's definitely worth missing a couple days instead of a couple months if your injury gets worse!

    A great tip for instant relief is to put ice on your shins to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Try icing your legs between 15-30 minutes every three to four hours for a couple days or until the pain subsides. If you are in a lot of pain, try an over-the-counter pain reliever.

    You can do exercises to strengthen, prevent and recover from shin splints. One exercise is to trace the alphabet on the floor using your toes to strengthen and stretch out your calf and shin muscles. Do this with both of your legs four times in a row about three times a day. This exercise is great for recovering and prevention. To strengthen your shin muscles, try doing toe raises (2-3 sets of 10 to 20 reps). If you're looking to strengthen all of your lower leg muscles, do calf raises.

    You can also wear compression socks or calf sleeves to speed up recovery, reduce swelling and fatigue and provide relief for aching legs. 2XU 24/7 Recovery Compression Socks are great to wear to recover after a long run and from injury too. These socks are designed specifically for men and women to provide the relief you need when training.

    If you haven't already, invest in a foam roller to "roll" out kinks and break up muscle adhesions or knots. This also helps to increase blood flow. If you have had a stress fracture which caused your shin splints, it is advised that you do not use a foam roller. Check out this video for tips!

    Once you are feeling better, remember to gradually lean back into your workout. Slow and steady wins the race!

    Still have questions about shin splints? Comment below to get answers.

  • New Colors for 2XU Compression Performance Socks!

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    2XU Compression Performance Socks and Sleeves are now available in new colors for men and women, including red, purple, green, blue, black, pink, white and navy. 2XU stands for “Two Times You” to represent the multiplication of human performance. 2XU Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which is ideal for athletes who want to enhance performance, decrease post-workout soreness, speed up recovery and prevent injury like shin splints. It is also great for traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time to reduce swelling, prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or other conditions.

    2xu-running-1-cI recently tried out a pair of the Ice Green 2XU Women’s Compression Performance Socks. I went for a run before heading to the gym. My legs felt energized and fresh my whole workout. A lot of the time, my legs will ache after running on pavement or a tough work out at the gym, but after wearing these socks the next day my legs didn’t feel sore at all. These socks provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which means that the most pressure is felt at the bottom of your leg and decreases going up towards the knee. The graduated compression helps with muscle containment and improving blood flow, which is why you recover faster and don’t feel as sore the next day. If you are training or regularly work out, these socks are for you. Plus, they’re safe to sleep in so you don’t always wake up limping!

    2XU Performance socks are extremely lightweight, made with a zoned breathability panel as well as seamless stitching for airflow. This material is truly breathable and is perfect for hot weather. Many people shy away from wearing compression socks or sleeves during the summer because they can feel hot or constricting, but thanks to 2XU, you can wear them year-round. These high-tech socks also provide UPF50+ sun protection and are antibacterial. They are made with medical circular 360 degree knit construction from 72% Nylon and 28% Elastane.

    2xu-sock-image-3Another great feature is that the socks are marked with either “L” or “R” so you always know which foot to put it on. They also have the size written on the bottom of the foot, which is nice so you don’t have to figure out what size you are later on. If you have sensitive feet or have a hard time getting compression socks on and off, you should consider the 2XU compression performance sleeves. Calf sleeves are a great alternative to wearing compression socks because you can wear them with any sock or shoe you want. I would highly recommend 2XU Compression Performance Socks or Sleeves to anyone who wants to get or stay in shape. To learn more about 2XU and how these products are made, click here.

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  • Serena Williams' Road to Victory

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Serena Williams of United States of America poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after victory in the Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia  during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Serena Williams has been making headlines as she beats out her opponents, including her older sister, Venus, at Wimbledon this year. This is Serena’s 15th time beating Venus out of the 26 times they have faced off. The sisters have been making history for years, but now it is Serena’s time to shine as she works her way towards the finish line. It’s hard to think that a few years ago, Serena felt like she was on her “death bed” when she developed a blood clot after a cross-country flight to see a doctor about her recent foot surgery. She was treated for a hematoma and pulmonary embolism (PE), which happens when a blood clot is in the lung.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside a vein. If part of the clot breaks off, it can travel into the lungs and block the flow of blood. This is a complication of DVT known as pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal if it is not caught quickly. Luckily for Serena, she discovered the clot after a trip to New York to see a doctor about her foot injuries. After having two surgeries on her foot and traveling back and forth between Los Angeles and New York, her risk of developing DVT and PE significantly increased. Surgery can slow down your blood circulation more than usual and being immobile during the recovery period may have contributed to her clot.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 300,000 – 600,000 people develop blood clots annually. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood institute, there are about 100,000 cases of PE that are reported each year. You are more at risk of developing DVT if you have recently had a major surgery, sit or stand for long periods of time without moving around, or from increased amounts of estrogen in the body. Other factors include your family history, pregnancy, age, obesity, smoking or chronic medical illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and its treatment.

    be8d38c714c33b1b9a93c05fb8133326Many athletes are at risk of developing DVT and PE, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Jerome Kersey, a former forward for the Portland Trail Blazers also developed pulmonary embolism when a blood clot developed in his leg and traveled into his lung, later killing him. Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh also suffered from pulmonary embolism after a road trip with the team. The symptoms of PE include shortness of breath, sweating, anxiety, sharp chest pain, increased heart rate and coughing.

    Why do athletes develop DVT when they are healthy and exercise? Between injuries, surgeries, long flights and tough work outs, athletes can be hard on their body. If you are dehydrated or have a low heart rate (a resting heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute), you are also more likely to develop a blood clot. When you are dehydrated, the plasma in your blood decreases, which makes your blood thicker and stickier.

    britain-wimbledon-tennis-70-630x332Since her blood clot, Serena Williams has battled her way to becoming one of the most notorious female tennis players today. She has won 34 total grand slam titles, 67 singles titles, 5 Wimbledons, 4 Gold Medals and many more honors. Not even a life-threatening blood clot could stop her from achieving her dreams. If you have had a blood clot, DVT or PE, or you are at a higher risk of developing one, you can wear compression socks or sleeves to help prevent them. Compression socks increase circulation to reduce the chance of a blood clot forming. Wear them while you travel or while you work out to enhance performance, speed up the recovery time, reduce swelling and prevent injuries like shin splints.

    Resources

    About Serena Williams

    Serena’s Schedule

    DVT Facts, Prevention, Symptoms and Risk Factors

    Are You At Risk For Varicose Veins?

    My Pulmonary Embolism Story

    Preventing Complications After Surgery

    The Downside of Low Heart Rate: Athletes Who Get Blood Clots

    The Risk Of Blood Clots On Long Flights

    Health Lessons from Serena Williams's Pulmonary Embolism

  • 2015 Stylebook: Rock n Roll Marathon – Look 7

    Rock n Roll DC Marathon

    Hey runners! Don’t forget to sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Whether you are running the 4th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, the half marathon or taking on the 5K, RnRDC is not something you’re going to want to miss! With live music, cheerleaders and prizes to win, what’s not to love?

    Get Involved

    If you are planning on running, don’t forget to sign up ASAP. Online registration ends March 8, so make sure you register soon!! Want to sweeten the deal? There will be cash prizes for the marathon (1st - 3rd place) and half marathon (1st - 5th place). Additionally, a performance bonus will be granted to all participants based on time, regardless of place. All participants finishing the marathon under 2:18:00 (men) or 2:43:00 (women) will receive $1,000. Yes, you read that right, so run fast!!! If you are competing in the half marathon, men must beat a time of 1:05:00 and women must finish under 1:15:00 to be paid $500 regardless of their place. Check out the CEP section below for some great running tips.

    Are you interested in running for charity? Join a charity training program to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Project HOPE and more. If you have a charity in mind that is not listed, you can even fill out an application to run for a charity of your choice.

    Like all major events, volunteers are the key to success. If you want to help out behind the scenes as part of the Race Crew or as a Medical Volunteer, you can sign up here. With thousands of runners participating, every volunteer makes a difference!

    Entertainment

    If you’re not big on running, there’s something to do for everyone. Between the live music on the course and the double platinum Better Than Ezra band headlining, you’ll be rockin’ your way to the finish line. This band has been featured on Desperate Housewives and Taylor Swift even played a cover to their song “Breathless!”

    If you are a high school cheerleader or you're on the dance team, get involved in the Spirit on the Course Competition to cheer on runners every step of the way. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three cheer teams!

    Pictures will be taken of all participants. If you want to see yours, all you have to do is enter your last name to check out your pictures and order them! That being said, make sure you look and feel your best. Check out my style below to see my must-have items for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Run Marathon.

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    The CEP Advantage

    CEP is one of the official sponsors of RnRDC for a reason! If you want to get that cash bonus (which is solely based on your time), don’t forget your compression socks! With over 60 years of research and development experience, you will fall in love with how great these CEP socks make you feel. Grab a pair of compression socks or calf sleeves to run longer, train harder and recover faster than ever before. CEP is proven to increase performance by 5% and prevent injuries like shin splints, calf cramps, Achilles issues, pulled muscles and more. Impress your friends, family and especially yourself when you beat your best time crossing that finish line in style. Plus, you’re going to need an extra push when you get a look at the course map!

    Not enough hours in the day? Train day or night with CEP Progressive Night Socks for men and women. These socks will give you all the energy you need after a long day and will help you to be more visible in the dark with the built-in reflectors. Features 20-30mmHg of graduated compression to increase circulation and is made with a hydrophile finish that effectively wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and cool. The Night Socks are also available in a calf style for men and women as well.

    CEP Men's Recovery Socks are great for those days you pushed yourself just a little too hard. These socks decrease muscle soreness be reducing lactic acid in the lower leg. Throw on a pair after a long run or tough workout and get back out there in no time so you never waste a day of training. Click here for Women’s Recovery Socks.

    If you have a lucky pair of shoes that are a bit worn but you can’t run without, don’t worry about them rubbing your compression socks the wrong way. Try a pair of CEP calf sleeves to wear with any type of shoe. These sleeves are made with silver ions that are antibacterial and odor-reducing, making them perfect for triathletes and runners. Available for men and women in a variety of colors.

    The Look

    Chaser "Rock n Roll Flag" – Hoodie

    Marshall Minor Earbud Headphones

    Freestyle Unisex Cadence Workout Watch

    Ramones Rock 'N' Roll Bracelet

    Puma Gym Actv Power Short Tight

    Nike Studio Trainer Women’s Gym Shoes

    Love Rock N' Roll iPhone Case

    CEP Women's Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and show us how you’re preparing for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! #RNRDC

    Thanks for reading. Happy running! :)

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  • 2015 Stylebook: Gym Glam - Look 5

    Ladies, now is the time to get back in the gym and kick butt! With summer just around the corner, it's never too early to start toning. First things first - clean up your diet. You can run for miles and miles, but if you sit in front of the T.V. mindlessly eating afterwards, you're not going to see much of a difference. Eating foods like avocados, nuts, berries and low-carb string cheese are great snacks that take the edge off without packing on the pounds. When you are consuming the right foods, your body has more energy and you are more likely to make it to the gym.

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    When you're starting out, think about what your goals are. Weight loss, toning, strengthening your muscles or training for competitions, etc. It is extremely important to be realistic with what you can achieve in the given time period, so you don't get discouraged. Designate how many times a week you want to go to the gym and try and stick to it. Don't beat yourself up if you can't make it one day, just make up for it another day or do some exercises from home. No matter what pace you take getting back in shape, you are always further ahead than the people on the couch.

    Need some motivation to get started? Get yourself some cute gym clothes! What better way to look and feel your best than with a great gym wardrobe? The most essential item to have is a pair of compression socks or sleeves. Grab a pair of Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeves to enhance performance and to prevent injuries like shin splints and leg cramps. Most important? Wearing compression sleeves or socks after a workout speeds up your recovery time so you can get back out there in no time. Featuring 20-30mmHg of graduated compression from the ankle to the knee, these sleeves increase circulation and improve blood flow. They are perfect for working out, training for marathons or triathlons, and also for running long distances. Compression sleeves and socks are vital to keeping your legs healthy and energized, especially when you are first starting out.

    It is important to work in cardio and weight lifting each week. There should be a balance between the two based on how often and how long you work out and for. If you only go a couple of times a week, you should consider doing a total body workout each time. This is where you hit all of your muscle groups in one session, and if you have time, add in about 20 minutes of cardio after. If you plan on going 3-5 times a week or more, you should try dedicating each day to targeting specific muscle groups. For example, spend one day focusing just on your legs, and another only doing back and tricep exercises to work the muscles more thoroughly. If you want to tone your body, the best way to do so is through resistance training. Grab a pair of resistance bands and try some of these exercises.

    Check out these customized workouts by Women's Health Magazine that are based on your specific body type. Make sure you listen to your body. Try keeping a food and exercise log to see your progress. This helps to catch patterns that may be preventing you from reaching your goals faster. No matter what kind of exercise you do, the most important part is that you're out there trying. Don't give up!! Remember, the real workout begins when you're so tired that you want to quit. Mention us on Twitter at @brightlifego and show us your progress!

    The Look:

    Chanel Weights

    Facial Gym Cleanser

    Pink Resistance Bands

    Under Armour Logo Hoodie

    Jordan Dominate Gym Sack Bag

    New Balance Women's Gym Shoes

    adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Mat

    Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve 20-30mmHg

    Thanks for reading :)

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