Calling all avid runners! Have you tried wearing compression gear? Many people are wondering whether or not these items actually benefit your exercise or not.
Compression gear has promised runners and other endurance athletes alike that if you rock those tight knee-high socks or running capris that they will improve your performance—and the blood and oxygen flow to your muscles. This type of clothing can cost a pretty penny too—we’re skeptical to say the least.
After following a small group of athletes during two workouts—one wearing compression gear and the other not—a recent study found that there was no overall difference between the two workouts. Other studies have also shown that compression gear doesn’t help you run any faster or improve your fitness performance.
So is compression gear really worth spending $100 or more? You may find that it does help your workout, so there is no harm in trying. If it makes you feel better and boosts your confidence during exercise then we say go for it!