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  • Compression Socks for Runners

    “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

    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. 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.

     

    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 Solidea Compression Capri - great to wear during or after a run, while traveling, or during the day to promote circulation. These high-tech capris utilize patented Micro Massage fabric to help stimulate lymphatic circulation and even helps to fight cellulite! These capri are made from a breathable fabric that is embedded with silver ions to prevent bacteria and odor. 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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  • 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.

    Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeves help to prevent and reduce the pain caused by shin splints. 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. Therafirm Athletic 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.

  • What's New On BrightLife Go?

    Say hello to two new brands on BrightLife Go - Allegro and Top & Derby. Allegro is our house brand on our sister site, BrightLife Direct. Allegro offers quality compression hosiery at an affordable price. Check out our exclusive Italian Collection below:

    The Allegro Italian Sheers:

    Available in Black, Mocha and Nude, these compression stockings are a must have for every fashionista. These extremely sheer knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose are designed in Italy out of only the finest fibers. The Italian Sheers provide 15-20mmHg compression, which is perfect for everyday wear, traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time.

    Allegro Italian Sheer Collection

    The Italian Sheer Collection keeps your legs feeling energized and prevent fatigue in style. These silky stockings are stretchy and durable to keep you looking and feeling amazing all day long. The thigh highs are made with a gorgeous lace band that has two soft wide silicone bands inside to keep them from falling down, without squeezing your leg. The pantyhose are available in plus sizes and feature a soft knitted waistband that slims the tummy area.

    The Allegro Milk Sock:

    Allegro Italian Milk Compression SockThis one of a kind sock is unlike any compression sock you've tried. This sock is so soft, it's hard to find the words to describe it! The Allegro Milk Sock is woven using milk fiber, a protein in milk called casein. Milk fiber, combined with viscose, nylon and spandex creates a sock so soft that you hardly notice the compression! The Allegro Milk Sock provides 18-22mmHg compression, which is ideal for traveling and everyday use. Great to wear with casual or dress clothing. Designed for men and women in Italy.

     

    The Allegro Wool Sock:

    The Allegro Wool Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to keep your legs energized and ache-free. Wool is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool is also antibacterial to prevent odor and germs, which is great for hiking and exercising. The Allegro Wool Sock features a non-binding top band to keep the sock from falling down. This soft sock is made with an anatomical right and left foot portion and a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

    Allegro Italian Wool Compression Socks

     

    The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks:

    Allegro Italian Cotton Compression Socks

    These comfortable, ribbed socks are made with soft, "no shrink" Italian cotton and are available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compression. These durable socks are made with a reinforced heel and toe and are perfect to wear everyday and while traveling to prevent swelling and fatigue. The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks feature a non-binding top band to keep the sock in place. Designed in Italy for men and women.

     

    Want more Allegro? Find what you're looking for here.

    New Travel Socks:

    If you are planning a trip, check out these eye-catching travel socks. Introducing compression socks by Top & Derby. These socks are designed for men and women with 15-20mmHg graduated compression to reduce muscle fatigue and energize legs. Wear these stylish socks while traveling to prevent blood clots and swelling. Available in three fun colors: "Coral of the Story", "Going Bare Black" and "Not Your Grannys Smith." Ideal to wear as casual socks or to add some personality to your office attire. Top & Derby socks are designed in Canada.

    Top and Derby Compression Socks - BrightLife Go

     

  • Compression Socks For Wide Calves!

    VIM & VIGR Compression Socks - BrightLife Go

    If you have large calves, you know the struggle of finding socks or jeans that comfortably fit. Finally, VIM & VIGR designed some fashion-friendly compression socks that won't squeeze:

    VIM & VIGR Nylon Striped Compression Socks - Wide CalfNylon Collection: Grey & Purple

    This adorable striped compression sock is made with nylon and spandex and provides 15-20mmHg compression. If you sit or stand a lot during the day or your legs feel tired and achy, this sock will help to take the edge off. These socks are great to wear everyday to keep your legs looking and feeling healthy in style.

     

     

     


     

    VIM & VIGR Wool Compression Socks - Wide CalfWool Collection: Black & Purple

    This cute, argyle-patterned sock is super smooth and soft. This sock is also thermo-regulating and provides 15-20mmHg compression, which helps to prevent swelling varicose veins and blood clots. It's important to wear compression socks when traveling (especially flying) to avoid blood clots or DVT's. Even professional athletes like Serena Williams have made this mistake!

     

     


    Cotton Collection: Black & Brown

    Featuring a polka dot pattern these compression socks are now in a wide calf and provide 20-30 mmHg compression. This level of compression is ideal for boosting athletic performance, managing Dysautonomia (POTS), and to wear everyday or for travel to protect your legs from swelling and fatigue.

     

     

     

     

     


    Allegro Sheer Compression Socks

    Finally, sheer compression socks with a wide calf! These affordable sheer stockings are a fantastic deal and are available in a variety of colors with a full calf size. These compression stockings provide 15-20 mmHg compression to keep you feeling energized and prevent tired, achy legs and feet.

     

     

     


    VIM & VIGR wide calf compression socks are sized for calves up to 22". If you are looking for more options, check out our sister site, BrightLife Direct for tons of wide calf styles.

  • TheraSport Gym Guide

    Not everything is black and white, but this fitness gear is! Here is your go-to guide for all your gym attire needs to help you meet your goals.

    Workout Basics

    It is important to stretch before working out, so make sure to bring your Yoga mat! This helps to reduce the risk of injury. Foam rollers are a great way to stretch out muscles and work out kinks. Yoga is a great way to warm up and get in the zone. Most gyms offer fitness classes, including cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing and more. Check with your local gym to get involved. If you have the time, stretch afterwards, especially if you have gained a lot of muscle or aren't as flexible.

    The only thing that's more important than stretching is staying hydrated. When you sweat you lose electrolytes. This can lead to dehydration or low sodium in the blood. Try to drink about 8-12 fluid ounces of water 10-15 minutes before you exercise and about 3-8 fluid ounces during your workout. This varies by person. Dehydration can take a toll on your performance, but it is also important to remember that you can overhydrate too, so make sure to drink what you feel comfortable with. There are lots of water bottles that filter tap water or are marked so you know how much you need to drink. Find the right one for you and don't forget to bring it with you!

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    Compression Socks

    First and foremost, compression socks are your must-have item for working out. The new TheraSport Athletic Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg graduated compression to improve circulation, which results in a shorter recovery time. Compression socks also help to prevent leg fatigue and blood clots. The TheraSport Athletic Performance Performance Sock provides 20-30mmHg and is perfect to wear while exercising. These soft, moisture-wicking socks help to keep your legs energized even during the toughest workouts.

    Comfortable Shoes

    You need comfortable shoes that support your feet without rubbing or pinching. You're not going to be able to give it your all if you're focused on shoes that hurt your feet. Thanks to Runner's World, you can take a quiz to find the best pair of running shoes for you. Runner's World gives you a whole list of shoes based on your preferences and even shows you where you can get them.

    Motivation

    Make a playlist of your favorite "dance like no one's looking" songs and get a pair of headphones that won't get in your way while exercising. Ideally, wireless or noise-canceling headphones are great for the gym, but it is all up to personal preference.

    If you're the competitive type, try out a Soleus Go Fitness Band to track your fitness goals, distance, average pace/speed, calories burned, step counter, sleep pattern and more. It even lets you set up alerts to keep you organized and updated.

    Support

    Whether you're looking for something to shape or slim, Solidea has you covered. The Silver Wave Anti-Cellulite Capri reduces cellulite and slims your thighs, hips, butt and tummy. Micro Massage 3D fabric stimulates circulation to reduce cellulite and water retention. These capris are made with a breathable, antimicrobial fabric, which is perfect to wear while exercising.

    Post-Workout

    Everyone has their own post-workout routines, but the things that most gym-lovers swear by are using foam rollers to stretch muscles, break up knots and improve flexibility. Make sure to slow down and give your body a rest before heading home to cool down. Taking the time to cool down (and wearing compression socks!) helps to prevent blood from pooling in the veins. Lastly, try to eat or drink something with lots of protein after you exercise to help speed up recovery.

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  • 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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