Compression activewear can help you with performance and recovery in any physical activity. However, you’re only going to see the benefits if you’re wearing compression wear that actually fits. Since this clothing is designed to be tightfitting, many people struggle with finding the right size. To get some help in this area, use these tips the next time you’re shopping.

Use Sizing Charts

Most compression clothing companies are going to have a sizing and fit guide that will use your height and weight to tell you an approximate size. Since sizes can vary a great deal depending on the company, make sure to use the sizing guide. If you fit between two sizes, then you’re probably better off choosing the smaller size to get the benefits. Don’t be surprised if you happen to feel a little tight. This is normal and the tight fit is going to provide you with the benefits.

Another key area strategy when trying on compression clothing is to notice the seams and the fit around specific muscle groups. Some compression wear will actually outline specific muscle groups. Make sure that they’re tight around the major muscle groups and match up with your tone and bulk. You may need to go up or down a size to match it well. If the clothing has seams, make sure that they’re in the right place. This seems like a small area but it can be an indicator that you don’t have the right fit.

Do I Need Compression Tights?

Compression tights are a good choice for any high-intensity activity such as running. However, you can see the benefits from almost any other physical activity as well. Most people who are fairly active will keep cheap activewear tights handy to use for any moderate to high-intensity activity. The tights will help you with circulation and can also provide additional support which is beneficial for even low-intensity training.

Choose the Right Socks

Socks are incredibly important to have with compression clothing since they will help to reduce swelling in your lower body and support circulation to your feet. If you’re going to be running, then you’ll want to choose a performance type of compression sock. This choice will support improved blood flow during your activity.

For recovery purposes or lower-intensity training, you’ll want to choose a standard compression choice. These won’t offer the same tightness but they’re better for your circulation over the period of a few hours.

Watch the Waistband

This is primarily an area where women tend to get stuck when choosing performance wear. There are mostly mid-rise and traditional waistbands available. The traditional waistband usually has a drawstring which offers added security from slipping down but usually doesn’t have the same tight fit. If you’ve never had a problem with slipping, then the mid-rise is probably the best choice.

Compression clothing is great for physical activity and recovery but you won’t see the maximum benefits unless you get the right fit. If you’ve had trouble finding compression activewear that fits well, use this guide to get started.

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My name is Elaine and I'm a self proclaimed "do it yourself addict". I am the mother of the best 11 year old boy ever and my husband's not too shabby either