I can’t seem to get that Old Navy commercial out of my head… “Don’t jiggle it, when you wiggle it…” They couldn’t have picked a better song to get me interested in compression active wear.
For hundreds of years, doctors have been using compression to reduce swelling from the inflammatory process. Recently, compression has become a performance enhancing technology in active wear knit clothing for athletes everywhere.
Compression clothing is designed to conform exactly to the body’s shape while the stretch fabric adds a small amount of pressure to the skin. Wearing this tight, spandex knitted apparel has been proven in multiple studies to increase blood flow by 30%. This helps to increase muscle power and stamina, reduce fatigue, and speed up muscle recovery.
Compression apparel is usually constructed from stretch fabric in a blend of different fibers. Synthetic fibers have finally proven themselves as superior alternatives to 100% cotton fabrics due to their ability to resist absorbing moisture. I prefer work out clothing with spandex in the fiber blend. Spandex helps the moisture to be evenly dispersed over the skin by increasing surface area, which leads to faster evaporation.