I am pleasantly surprised to learn that I have something in common with 131 athletes that competed in the 2009 Ford Ironman Championship in Kona. I wish it was my race time, but it turns out we all run in CEP Compression Socks! CEP was the number one compression sock brand at Kona this past year.
So what is it that compression socks do? And is the 70's gym class look worth any potential benefit? Let me help enlighten you.
Compression helps increase circulation and flow of oxygenated blood to the muscles and tissues. Blood flowing through the body provides oxygen to the heart and other vital areas such as the brain, resulting in reduced swelling, more energy and increased alertness.
Compression clothing increased pressure, known as graduated pressure, is often added to socks and shirts at the ankles and forearms to help push blood back to the heart. Compression can provide more oxygen, more energy and improved metabolization of lactic acid for quicker recovery time.
Keeping blood moving through the body becomes especially important in longer races and training sessions when the build-up of fluids and the pooling of blood can occur in the extremities, particularly our hands and feet.
CEP socks, compared to other brands, do not have a tight band at the top of the sock; this keeps the blood moving up freely. CEP utilizes a patented pressure flow technology that is scientifically proven to increase blood circulation and a consequent increase in performance, making CEP the first and only scientifically proven compression sports sock. For greater and detailed information on the study, visit the CEP web site - www.cepsocks.com/the-science.html
Having personally ran with CEP Running O2 Compression Socks, I did find my recovery time to be quicker and am not as prone to muscle soreness. CEP research also claims that it is possible to reduce your running time by 5%, in a 4 hour marathon this would equal 12 minutes. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for Kona after all.
See what all the buzz is about and try CEP Running O2 Compression Socks today. Shop for CEP Compression Socks here: www.threetriathlon.com/category_s/159.htm
Author: Melanie Glover, Founder & Owner ThreeTriathlon.com, Avid triathlete and Ironman finisher
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