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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!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ionconceptstoreJSC/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Official Website: https://recofit.co/

Compression Garment – Does it work?

Hello my fellow readers! Sorry for the lack of posts/updates. Just a tad bit busy! TIME needs to SLOW down. We’re already into our 11th month of the year! WHAT?!

I am trying my best to juice out more informative articles for you guys. Do let me know if you have anything specific that you would like me to talk about/share.

Ok, time to cut to the point of this article – Compression Garment

Think: 2XU, Skins, Compresssport, RecoFit etc.

These are a few of the big names in the compression garment industry. If you thought they were just fashionable, you may be right. But they happen to be FUNCTIONAL too.IMG_9490

There’s nothing new about the compression garment technology. It is widely used in the medical field. Back at the plastic surgery clinic where I used to work, compression garments were sold along with major surgical procedures (liposuction, breast augmentation). Compression garments are worn to prevent excessive swelling, promote blood circulation, prevent seroma, and to a certain extent, provide comfort and support.

What Happens to Your Muscles after Exercise

Physical activity induces muscle damage in the form of micro-tears that can lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), impaired muscle function, increase in circulating muscle proteins and possibly hindering exercise performance.

These are transient natural processes that occur whenever you place some level of stress on your muscles. Muscle repair follows muscle damage, healing it and making it more resilient to future stressors.

The Problem

Pain and swelling is common place during this time.

There is no real ‘problem’. In fact, you probably enjoy the PAIN and feel accomplished because PAIN means GAIN, right? But the discomfort we feel may interfere with our daily life or even our next workout session.

Enhanced recovery has become one of the top priorities for most athletes and crazy runners like YOU.

How Does Compression Garment Work

Garments with specific compressive qualities have made their way into athletic populations. No surprise there because it works. Although there are many conflicting conclusions from various studies (you have to take into account the design, biasness, type of workout etc), the overall review is positive.

For Recovery

As mentioned, compression garments promote blood circulation, enhancing muscle oxygenation and reduce venous pooling and oedema. Compression garments have the ability to alter local haemodynamics and expedite the removal of cellular debris and improve the swelling that comes along with it. It also provides mechanical support, resulting in faster recovery following muscle damaging exercises. Many studies have also found that compression garment reduces perceived post exercise muscle soreness, further managing the detrimental symptoms [1].IMG_9496

If you happen to wear them during your activity (like running), it helps to hold the muscle in place, controlling the amount of oscillation and movement that could aggravate the healing process [2].

Psychological Effect

“The body achieves what the mind believes”

I ALWAYS say this – YOUR MIND is SO POWERFUL! As the Bible says in 1 Peter 1vs13, GIRD your mind!

If you think you’re going to fail, chances are YOU WILL!

Studies have shown that there is the psychological feel-good aspect of wearing compression garment for recovery! Even if it doesn’t work, your mind is at ease knowing that you are recovering well.

Less worry = overall positive effects on your well-beingIMG_9495

What am I slipping into the sleeve of my RecoFit calf sleeve? Review coming up! 🙂

Fashion? Functional? Or nothing at all?

Still undecided? OK la, let me help you out.

BUY/use compression garment if:

-you are an elite athlete and recovery is necessary to maintain high training loads

-you are not an elite athlete but want to feel good/recovery faster

-you follow a strict workout plan that requires you to recover ASAP

-you think it looks fashionable

If none of the above applies to you then just REST LAH!REST-DAYYour next hard workout is going to be as good as the quality of your recovery.

REMEMBER THAT!