Compression Stretch Fabrics

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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.

(http://epicself.com/move/7-trends-that-are-redefining-active-wear-and-your-workout/)

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