Compression confession…

Blog hijack by my boyfriend! Boy stuff! 

So with Hannah constantly writing this blog I thought I would chip in every once in a while – fingers crossed for more likes than her. For my first post I want to talk about something that everyone has probably thought/looked at and moved on from… compression clothing. 
From my experience a lot of people see compression clothing as something that top athletes wear, tops for guys in the gym to show off with and the most common the thought of ‘how am I ever going to get into something that small…’ 

 

Compression top and pants
 
Compression tops and pants do take a bit of getting use to (especially as they are so tight on the body) but once you start wearing them in the correct situations suited to you, you’ll probably never go back. I normally always wear compressions tops and shorts under my clothes when I go out for run or do an outside activity and occasionally in the gym. I find it helps keep me warm in the winter and even though there is no scientific explanation I do find it helps my muscles work better, improves my posture and even saves me from injury (esp my legs). Yes this could all be in my head but as a lot of exercise is getting over a mental barrier it helps me a lot more. I find when I don’t wear it, my legs fatigue quicker and I don’t do as much. 

 

Cold weather running outfit
 
Obviously compression tops and pants are pretty expensive, especially if you go for the tops brands like Nike, Adidas & Under Armour but my tip if you want a cheap pair to try out – Decathlon. They have a really good brand called Kalenji – they’re pretty cheap and good quality for the price. After trying the shorts out I decided to spend a bit more (in the summer sale) and splash out on a long pair of Adidas leggings – mainly designed for the winter. I was particularly glad of them last week when it was freezing and I went for a run but they were excellent and really helped. 

  

Decathlon bargain
  
Adidas top- obviously sucking in
  
My favourite nike top
 
 
You’ll also find that there are a lot of different styles ( tops come in a vest, short & long sleeve options) and colours to choose from. As I wear mine under tops I’ve got a few different styles and colours with my favourite being a blue Nike Pro Combat and an orange Adidas Tech Fit. Under Armour even do some superhero ones, so if you want to run along appeasing your inner geek as Captain America or Iron Man then certainly take a look at those!! 

 

Captain America under armour
 
 http://www.underarmour.co.uk/en-gb/mens-under-armour-transform-yourself-captain-america-compression-shirt/1268262.html?dwvar_1268262_color=410

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