What is compression clothing? I’m glad you asked. Compression clothing by definition is a form fitting garment that is usually made from a spandex type material. Compression clothing can be made in shirts, shorts, tights, underwear and even hats. It is form fitting so that it can provide pressure over a specific body part to trigger accelerated blood flow, which will increase the oxygen levels in your muscle groups that are being worked to enhance their performance. This increased circulation will help your body reduce lactic acid, which builds up during exercise and causes soreness afterwards.
Compression clothing is also designed to keep your muscles warm to prevent you from getting a muscle strain and fatigue, and they will also wick away moisture to prevent chafing and rashes. Another great feature of compression clothing is that they will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and some brands are made with an anti-bacterial material. So even though you may be sweating your butt off, you won’t get that nasty body odor.
Many athletes favor compression clothing for all of the above reasons, professional and not. It is also recommended to wear compression clothing after a workout, as well as sometimes during. For the healthy athlete looking to sport compression wear, it will serve a bit of a different role. Using compression gear can reduce vibration in the skeletal muscle during training which causes less muscle trauma resulting in athletes experiencing less soreness, edema and experience faster recovery times.
For the everyday skier, a compression top and tights would be ideal for getting the blood flowing and not leave you feeling super sore after a long day of skiing. A good pair of compression socks is also a worthy choice for skiers looking to reap the benefits of compression.
With all those great features comes one more added benefit: compression clothing comes in multiple colors so you can show off your sense of style if you are into that sort of thing. So not only will you look good, but you will feel good.