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RecoFit: Ice Cool Compression

When I first started running (a little seriously) last year, my calves suffered the most. I am a forefoot striker (very) and back then, my strides were very wide.

It had gotten to the point where I had to take 1 week off from running for it to recover. That was when I sought after every possible recovery/injury prevention method known to man. My friends suggested that I try compression garment.

IMG_9421 The compression garment that I was using certainly helped in supporting my calves and enhancing the recovery. I wore them during my runs, races and even to sleep. But after a while, I stopped because I had some skin irritation.

It was also around the same time when I started piling on the mileage in preparation for the marathon distance. With the increase in mileage, I increased my cadence and decreased my stride length. Since then, my calves have been A-Okay!

Until……

This year! 2015! They were still doing great for the first half of 2015.

After the dengue attack which left me mileage-less for 2 whole weeks, my body had to “relearn” a thing or two. All my “old” pains and injuries started cropping up again, especially those that I suffered from when I first started running!

RecoFit to the rescue!

And then, RecoFit compression sleeves came along.IMG_9423 RecoFit is designed by Susan Walton of Move Sport. As an active person, she was battling injuries too (shin splints).

She decided to create her very own product by cutting and sewing this sleeve using carbon based performance textile from Italy (Resistex). This product offers gradient compression and post exercise recovery treatment with ice packs!

Susan basically stuck with the R.I.C.E healing concept.

R-Rest

I-Ice

C-Compress

E-Elevate

As she suffered from shin splints, the design of this product was geared towards that. For runners suffering from calf strains, you can just turn the sleeve so that the ice pack sits behind your calf muscle. You will know what I am talking about after you watch the video!

My Thoughts:

Very innovative. Compression garment WITH ICE PACKS?! WIN! I love putting them on after hard training or after a race and it feels SO GOOD!

It fits like a glove. It doesn’t suffocate your muscles and most importantly the seams are soft and they are light on your skin. I have slept with them without skin irritation.

If you happen to suffer from calf or shin splints, you can check them out.

The best part is that there’s a DISCOUNT for my readers!

The Details:

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*Valid for one month from the date of this blogpost*

Address:

ION Concept Store,

Lot G-10, Ground Floor, Jaya Shopping Centre,

Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14,

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Tel no.: 03-7931 4662

Where: Look for the Recofit rack inside the store!

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Official Website: https://recofit.co/

Post-Workout Slush

After your run/workout, the last thing you want to do is chow down on solid carbs or steamed chicken breast. For me, I will only have the appetite to eat a proper meal about 2 hours post workout (depending on the intensity). The harder I work, the longer it would take for me to have the appetite to eat a full nutrient rich meal. This is probably due to the 2 important hormones that are involved in appetite: ghrelin and peptide YY. Basically, ghrelin causes you to EAT-ALL-YOU-WANT and peptide YY suppresses it. Exercise has been thought to increase peptide YY hormones.

The problem is that the optimum time to refuel for maximum recovery is within 30-45 minutes post-workout. This is the imaginary “window” of refueling opportunity that you so often hear athletes talk about – the time where glycogen synthesis is at its highest.

On top of carbohydrates (to replace glycogen stores), your body will need some protein to rebuild and repair muscle tissue. Foods consumed within this window should be easily digested and absorbed, and have a high to medium glycemic index.

With all of that said, how do you get your carbs and proteins in the quickest, easiest and most effective way? POST WORKOUT SLUSH! It works for me and it keeps me feeling full and re-energized.

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As requested, here’s the recipe for the icy cool slush after your workout!

Slush tools:

-Blender

Constructing the slush:

-Coconut Water

-Greek Yoghurt

-Handful of Blueberries (Or any other berry or fruit of your choice)

-1 large Frozen Banana

-Frozen Mango (a few cubes)

-Goji Berries

-1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

-2-4 tablespoons of Rolled Oats

Making the slush:

Throw it all into the blender and WHIZ away!

 

Nutrient breakdown:

Banana- Rich source of potassium which helps lower the risk of muscle cramps. It is also a good source of manganese, dietary fiber and vitamins B6 and C.

Coconut water- Coconut water is the ideal post-workout drink packed with electrolytes, minerals and simple sugar to replenish hydration levels within the body. It is also a rich source of potassium.

Greek Yoghurt- Greek Yoghurt has nearly twice the amount of protein compared to regular yoghurt. It is a great post-workout snack as your body needs the extra protein to repair worn out muscles.

Chia Seeds- It boasts 20% protein, having 5 times more calcium than milk, 7 times more vitamins than oranges and 8 times more omega fatty acids than salmon. Need I say more?

Rolled Oats – Good source of complex carbs and micronutrients: biotin, vitamin B1, zinc, fiber, magnesium, copper, chromium and phosphorus.

LOVE YOURSELF

Ahhhh! Craving for a slush right now!

Stay Happy and Healthy!

Have an awesome weekend!