• Do You Wear Underwear With Compression Shorts?

    It’s a valid question. With the compression wear industry still in its relative infancy, there are still a few grey areas in respect to what optimal product use is, exactly. One of the most common questions is, “Do you wear underwear with compression shorts?” Which is really asking, “are compression shorts more advantageous if worn as a stand-alone garment?", or, "Is there a disadvantage if I wear my underwear underneath?"

    First off, I understand why some men would prefer to have something underneath these “second-skins”. Compression shorts are designed to fit very tight to the body; after all, tight fit is the single most important factor in providing skin compression. But along with that tight fit comes the feeling of being without clothing. For most garments, this is not an issue; in fact, it’s a highlight for many wearers – especially in the case of compression shirts. But for the shorts, the feeling of wearing nothing “down there” can be a little distracting – or even uncomfortable. Trust me, I get it.

    But let’s just put this in perspective: if you are wearing compression shorts, it’s because you’re looking to get the benefits of compression wear. These benefits are achievable only when the garment is worn correctly, with proper fit (which is generally too tight to allow room for anything underneath), and with direct contact with the skin in strategic places. For example, PROCEP products even have a compression “blueprint” that is designed to have more compression in certain areas, and less in others, for optimal garment performance. This is at least partially, if not completely, wiped out if there are seams or material bunching up to create small pressure points between the short and your skin.

    So, bottom line (pun intended), try not to wear anything under your compression shorts. If you are uncomfortable wearing them by themselves during a workout or while competing, I suggest wearing loose-fitting shorts over top, instead of underwear underneath.

    -Mike

    Procep compression shorts PROCEP compression shorts with patent-pending compression blueprint technology.
  • Exertion Headaches: What They Are, If They’re Serious, And How To Prevent Them

    Ever notice that you get a splitting headache during or after intense physical activity? According to the International Headache Society (IHS), a sudden excruciating headache during or after vigorous physical exertion is called an “Exertion Headache.” For some, this condition presents as a minor irritation that can usually be soothed by minor treatment. For others, these headaches are so intense they become debilitating and restrictive, and can persist up to 48 hours despite treatment. Fortunately, these headaches are usually harmless; however, in a small percentage of people they can be a symptom of a serious medical problem, so talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing them.

    There are two main types of exertion headaches:

    • Primary Exercise Headaches

    Usually harmless, this type of exertion headache is more common in younger individuals (18-48), especially those with a family history of migraines, isn't connected to any underlying problems and can often be prevented with medication, improved physical conditioning, proper hydration, and other treatments.

    • Secondary Exercise Headaches

    These are more common among older people (>48) and are caused by an underlying and often serious condition. This could be either within the brain, like bleeding or a tumour, or outside the brain, like coronary artery disease. Secondary exercise headaches may require emergency medical attention.

    Over 10% of all people suffer from exertion headaches, usually more men than women. And despite some common misconceptions, they can occur in both untrained individuals and trained athletes. The leading explanation for the cause of these exercise headaches is a sudden increase in intracranial pressure or an atypical reaction to increased blood flow or pressure by blood vessels in the brain.

    Most exertion headaches are benign and can be managed with non-pharmacologic means. Experts often suggest more comprehensive warm-up exercises before doing more strenuous exercise, and with improved physical condition, some patients experience less episodes of headaches. Doctors also usually recommend drastically increasing the amount of electrolytes ingested both before and during strenuous activities. If none of these treatments is effective, be sure to ask your doctor about medications that have been found to be particularly effective for these types of headaches.

    -Jasmine

    man with an exertion headache

  • The Top 10 Outdoor Workouts

    With the weather finally warming up in my neck of the woods, more people are getting active outdoors – and it’s reminded me of my favourite places and ways to workout away from the gym. Even if it’s just a quick stroll by the river, or a tennis match on an outdoor court, getting outside to workout can be beneficial in many ways. While exercising has already been proven to improve your emotional state, enjoying nature while you’re doing it surely serves to multiply this benefit.

    10) Biking
    Hopping on the bike to grab a few groceries, meet a friend for coffee, or even commute to work, is an easy way to get in some of my cardio – and it’s way better on the environment than driving.
    9) Tennis
    When the courts aren’t super busy, I love grabbing my racquet and hitting a nearby park with public courts. Often I can’t round up a partner, so if there are other people there, I just challenge them to a few points. Many times, they like the change of partners or also don’t have their own. If not, bouncing the ball off a wall back to myself, or practicing my serve, are great ways to keep my game – and my butt – in shape.
    8) Outdoor Boot Camps
    The predominance of outdoor boot camps through a local gym or personal trainer is exploding in popularity across the country, and throughout the summer there are dozens of these programs advertised all over my neighbourhood. With the help of an expert to guide intense cardio and strength building exercises, and the help of the outdoors to take your mind off it a bit, doing a boot camp even only 2-3 times a week can burn more fat and calories than most daily workouts will.
    7) School Playgrounds
    This is a great way to take the kids to the park and get your workout in. I still enjoy a good swing on the monkey bars, or using a high bar for chin-ups, both of which are fun arm workouts. Doing bench jumps is awesome for working legs, and I particularly enjoy upside down crunches (aka bat crunches) for working my entire core.
    6) Riverside Walking/Jogging
    It’s a summer staple: grabbing an iPod or a friend and hitting the river pathway. It is \ a great way to get started with outside workouts or when you’re feeling less creative. I like that I can jog for as far as I feel I can, and then walk back for a long cool down while enjoying the scenery. Relaxing and a good workout!
    5) Hill Stairs
    Most cities, mine included, have a steep hill or river escarpment where there are stairs for people to scale it. Climbing hill stairs repeatedly may be considered torture by some, myself included, but it definitely gives my legs a great workout in minimal time – and the outdoor element helps me focus less on the intensity.
    4) Yard Work
    Sometimes my weekends fill up quickly and I’m forced to choose between my workout and doing yard work. Luckily, I’ve learned that combining both is possible, and really, a great idea. Power raking and turning my garden soil are particularly good at working my arms and core, while mowing my unruly lawn is great for working my legs and arms.
    3) Park Yoga
    Putting my mat down in a sunny, wide-open park instead of a dark, quiet yoga studio is a welcome change for me. The soft grass that surrounds me provides more cushion than gym mats, which allows me to feel safe as I experiment with a few more daring poses.
    2) Outdoor Swimming
    Whether you borrow a friend’s private lake pass, feel comfortable in a public lake open to swimmers, or have a local public outdoor pool, swimming outdoors is a whole new experience. The liberating feeling is something I quite enjoy.
    1) Riverside Rollerblading
    Since I only rollerblade on well-maintained pathways that don’t intersect with traffic (what can I say – I’m not great at stopping), this is a great option for me. Because of the near-unlimited length of a river, I can go as far as I possibly can, take a quick rest to enjoy the scenery, and then push myself as I go all the way back (often after crossing to the other side). This is my absolute favourite, and often most intense, of all outdoor workouts.

    So now you have a few ideas to get outside and start taking advantage of the great outdoors to help keep you in shape. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from those UV rays.

    -Jasmine

     

  • 5 Core Exercises You Can Do Lying on the Floor

    Doing core exercises regularly trains the muscles throughout your pelvis, hips, lower back, and abdomen to work in harmony with each other. This gives you better balance and stability while playing sports and in regular daily activities – making it easier to do everything from swinging a golf club, to reaching the top shelf. And, according to the Mayo Clinic, weak core muscles can make you susceptible to poor posture, back pain and muscle injuries. So why are core exercises so often neglected?

    While many notable core exercises require special gym devices like an ab machine or hanging leg raise machine, there are many fantastic core exercises that do not require specialized equipment or a gym membership. If you don’t even have a BOSU ball, here are five core exercises you can do at home using your own body weight, while laying on the floor.

    1 – Plank

    Yes, the dreaded plank. There’s a reason this thing has stuck around even though there isn’t much love for it – it works your entire core, as well as many upper and lower body muscles.

    -        Lay down on your front side. Lift your body off the floor with your forearms, elbows directly under your shoulders and toes.

    -        Keep your body in a straight position, without arching the back (collapsing through the hips). It’s key to keep the knees, hips and shoulders in a straight line.

    -        Hold between 30-60 seconds – depending on how long you can hold proper form – before lowering down, resting and repeating.

    2 – Superman & Superman Twist

    These exercises work your lower back, quads, and hamstrings. Depending on your level, you can choose whether to add the added challenge of a twist on this one.

    -        Lay down on your front, with arms extended in front of you or placed behind your head for less challenge.

    -        Keeping your entire body stiff and core engaged, lift your feet and chest as high off the floor as you can and hold as long as you can keep proper form. Remember to breathe. Lower down to rest and then repeat.

    -        To add the extra challenge of a twist, at the top of the raise, carefully twist your entire body to one side (as if you were flying in that direction), pause for a second, return to the centre, and twist to the other side. Pause for a second before returning to centre and lowering down to rest.

    3-Lying Leg Raises & Windmills

    Lying windmills can be incredibly challenging, so I’ve included standard leg raises for beginners before they move on to windmills. The advantage of windmills is in addition to the lower abdominals (targeted by leg raises), they also the transverse (side) abdominal and oblique muscles.

    -        Lay down on your back with your arms by your side and legs in the air straight up (perpendicular to the floor), and your feet flexed to keep your muscles engaged.

    -        Slowly, carefully, and with control, lower your heels straight down to hover just above the ground. Pause for 3 seconds, and carefully raise the legs back up.

    -        Repeat this process as many times as you can while maintaining proper form and avoiding any sharp pains in the lower back.

    -        Add in the Windmill by extending your arms out parallel to your shoulders, and instead of lowering feet down in front of you, twist your body to the side, and while keeping knees together and both shoulders planted firmly on the ground, slowly and carefully lower your legs to one side as far as you can, pause for a second, then slowly bring them back up. Repeat on the other side.

    4-V-Sit Hold

    A V-Sit targets your upper ab muscles, obliques and also engages your hip flexors.

    -        Lay down on your back with legs extended straight.

    -        Keeping your shoulders pressed back and feet flexed, raise your torso and legs off the ground so you’re sitting in a V shape. Raise arms out to the side for balance.

    -        Hold this position as long as you can while maintaining proper form and without any sharp pains in the back.

    5-Twisting Crunch

    The Twisting Crunch is one of the most effective core workouts, as it works all of your stomach muscles simultaneously.

    -        Lay down on your back with hands behind your head and elbows pointing straight out from your ears. Keep the legs engaged and feet flexed

    -        Lift the torso off the ground about 45 degrees, and twist it from side to side as many times as you can while maintaining proper form and without any sharp pains in the back.

    -        For even more of a challenge, lift the knee on the side you’re turned to and touch it to the opposite elbow before twisting to the other side and lowering the leg back down. (This is also known as bike pedalling.)

    These exercises are great for working your entire core - just don’t expect to get a six-pack without aerobics. While core strengthening activities build and tone the underlying muscles, it takes aerobic activity to burn off abdominal fat so you can see those muscles.

    -Jasmine

     

  • Masters Golf Pros Using Compression Wear?

    It’s a sure sign of spring: the Masters Golf Tournament is in full swing in Augusta, Georgia. As the excitement of this prestigious event builds, many Canadian amateurs, semi-pros and weekend warriors alike are dusting off the clubs and hitting the range to prepare their game for the upcoming season.

    But while there is a lot of excitement in the air, there is also a little uneasiness. For many golfers, the transition to springtime golf can often be a painful one. Going from frequent games during the summer to a less-active off-season means the body has to make quite the adjustment to get back to its previous form before resuming a regular golf schedule. For those golfers who take a few weeks to start getting their round averages down, or who are just a bit more achy than after their last Fall round, wearing compression clothing while on the course may be the answer.

    While compression garments are more frequently associated with cycling, running and hockey, they are starting to gain some momentum on the golf scene. Even a few pros like Hunter Mahan, who is playing in this year's Master's Golf Tournament, are currently using the garments to try to optimize their game.

    Compression shirts with posture-correction are particularly favoured for their ability to keep the shoulders drawn back and in optimal alignment during a swing. Likewise, full-calf compression socks can make a big difference for those who choose not to use a golf cart - maximizing the oxygen flow in the feet and preventing the all-too-common foot soreness. They are particularly useful in tournament situations, when multiple rounds throughout a weekend (and little time for recovery) can cause severe Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, and prove to be a hindrance on overall performance and even scores.

    If you’re one of those golfers with a slightly painful spring game, give a few of these items a try – you never know how much more quickly your round scores might start to go down.

    -Jasmine

     

     

  • Relieving Post-Workout Soreness

    If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself getting sore after a workout. For some, this is a necessary evil – a minor inconvenience that may even provide a slightly positive feeling of satisfaction or pride of having worked so hard. For others though, this post-workout soreness is debilitating – hampering regular workouts for days and even preventing certain regular activities.

    For years, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – as it’s officially known – was believed incurable. With so much muscle exertion, it makes sense that the body be a little sore, and it couldn’t really be avoided. Now that science has looked into it, we know there are a few things that can help prevent it, and even a few things that can help it go away.

    Warming up and light stretching before strenuous activities won’t hurt – as long as you don’t overstretch. Proper hydration, electrolytes and glycogen before, during and after is another huge step to facilitate faster post workout recovery for muscles. But perhaps the best way to prevent muscles from being sore after a workout is limiting exercise to concentric and isometric contractions (activities where muscles shorten under tension) and avoiding eccentric contractions (activities where muscles lengthen under tension). I know what you’re thinking: how the heck can that be avoided during a workout?

    The reality is that while it is possible to try and minimize it, it is not possible to fully avoid it. But, as many people have started discovering, compression clothing, like that available on Wearcompression.com can go a long way in stabilizing muscles, facilitating bloodflow, and minimizing the negative effects of eccentric contractions. Another huge advantage of compression clothes is relieving the pain and stiffness associated with post-workout soreness by using them at night or while resting.

    I’m curious as to your experience? Have you found anything helps your post-workout soreness? Has compression wear helped you? Leave your feedback in the comments.

    Thanks for reading and happy shopping,

    -Jasmine

     

     

  • The Ultimate Demonstration of PROCEP Performance

    If you’ve ever been to the Wear Compression Facebook page, then you’ve seen a picture of a man on top of a mountain wearing PROCEP compression clothes. But this wasn’t just any man, and it wasn’t just any mountain.

    His name is John Cantor, an Australian that had set out to traverse the extremely treacherous Brooks Range in Alaska. After three failed attempts, 31 days of near constant hiking and kayaking, and a deeply personal battle, John finally completed his trek in 2012. Read more about this amazing feat on John’s website.

    John credits PROCEP Performance compression wear products, in particular the Posture Correcting Compression Shirt, Competition Compression Shorts and Compression Socks for helping him to finally complete his excursion. Through some of the toughest conditions, day after day, PROCEP products truly performed. John says he received no blisters on his feet thanks to the PROCEP Socks, even hiking through wet conditions. Read one of John’s many positive reviews of PROCEP performance along with others on our Testimonials page.

    In honor of the incredible dedication, perseverance, strength and bravery put in by John to complete his astonishing journey, we have put an entire album of his photos on our Facebook page.

    View photos of John Cantor using PROCEP products on his Alaskan expedition.

    Thanks for reading and happy shopping,

    -Jasmine

     

  • New Wearcompression.com Website Formally Launches

    Let us be the first to welcome you to Wearcompression.com! We are now the exclusive online retailer of Procep® performance compression clothing. There are a few cool features of our fancy new compression wear website we’d like to take a second to tell you about:

    1) Seamless purchasing process: you can order products quickly and easily right from their description page.
    2) Full product transparency: you see all the features and benefits, usage and care instructions right on each product’s description page. There’s also a bonus section on the innovation and quality of Procep® products.
    3) Product benefits information: we’ve done a ton of research on all of the various benefits of compression products, and put it all here for you to see.
    4) Easy Sizing: never order the wrong size again! Our site features a handy guide to compression wear sizing so you can size yourself perfectly and shop online with without worry.
    5) Full disclosure: Look up our warrantyreturns and customer service policies easily with our easy-to-navigate site design.

    Take a minute to look around, and if you have any feedback for us on the site, be sure to let us know on the contact page.

    Also, if you haven’t checked us out on Facebook or Twitter yet, please head to our pages and Like our brand new Facebook.com/wearcompression page and Follow our @posturesmart feed to stay up to date on all the latest from Wearcompression.com.

    That’s it for now! Thanks for reading and happy shopping,

    -Jasmine

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