why do runners wear compression sleeves on their arms
I have to laugh when I read the occasional post in a running forum that suggests that the only reason leading runners wear arm sleeves is because they are paid to. One recent poster said that he believed the only reason runners wear arm sleeves is to look chic. Running arm sleeves. Really? Really!!!!! Running Arm Sleeves Why do runners wear arm sleeves? Naturally, no two runners wear arm sleeves for the same reasons. Here are ten reasons why you see more and more runners opting to wear quality UV arm sleeves and calf sleeves. Reason #1: Safety, duh. What runner hasn't been nearly killed on account of a car, bus, or even a motorcycle not noticing them. Even when you try to exercise running awareness and safety, there are those on the road that are negligent in their driving. You need to watch out for them and you need to help them see you. Whether running in the early morning hours, the middle of the day, in the evening, or at night, wearing brightly colored or eye-catching arm sleeves and even calf sleeves significantly increases the odds that you will be seen by those on the road. Arguably, there is no better and safer combination of running arm and calf sleeves for you to wear than Uvoider UV Neon Yellow Arm Sleeves and Calf Sleeves. Reason #2: Great for cold weather. The features of UV compression arm sleeves keep your arms warm when it is cold. UV compression arm sleeves is a lighter weight, more comfortable alternative than wearing a long sleeve shirt or adding a layer. Comfort and lighter weight means better and more enjoyable running. Reason #3: Great for hot weather. The features of UV compression arm sleeves also keep your arms cool when it is scorching hot outside.
As you run, your arms move. And with UV compression arm sleeves, the movement of your arms against the air creates an air conditioning like sensation and feel. For the runner, this is a refreshing feel that keeps you less aware of and bothered by the heat. After all, your arms are less hot. Reason #4: Great for sun protection. We all know that direct exposure to the sun for even as little as 15 minutes can cause sunburn. Think about that direct exposure to the sun over a 30 minute run or an hour long run. UV compression arm sleeves provide easy and convenient protection against sunburn. Just slip them on and you are protected. Reason #5: Better than sunblock. Sunblock is messy. First you slop it on and then you run, sweat, and get all wet. And when you are done running, your wet and sweaty arms are likely to touch up against something like a chair, sofa arm cushion, or car arm rest and make a mess of that as well. Reason #6: Compression. Runners use compression arm sleeves to reduce swelling, typically on longer runs, on account of muscle jarring and vibrations. Compression arm sleeves also provide recovery benefits. After a long run, simply keep your compression arm sleeves on. This will increase blood flow which removes the lactic acid that was built up in your arm muscles. Compression arm sleeves speed up the time it takes to recover from a long run. Reason #7: Keeps insects off your arm skin. Compression arm sleeves keeps insects and all of those biting bugs off your skin. But even better than that, since your arms are not hot and sweaty, those chemical and heat sensing bugs will not find you in the first place. Reason #8: Value. If you consider the cost of sunblock and bug spray that you would have to otherwise use, compression arm sleeves pay for themselves in one season and save you money after that.
Add in the cost of that extra layer that you do not have to have when wearing arm sleeves, the value and savings become even more. Reason #9: Style. Simply put, compression arm sleeves are stylish. You can go with the always suitable color to wear white or you can venture out and show some more personality with color, print, and design arm sleeves. Reason #10: Make it easy for your friends to find you. Whether you are out running with your friends, running at a charity event, or competing at a race, it can be easy to become separated from the group. What better way for your friends to spot you than to be the one wearing the really cool, eye-catching UV compression arm sleeves. You might not be able to spot your friends, but they will surely be able to spot you. For runners of all kinds and of all distances, the benefits that quality UV compression arm sleeves have to offer are worthy of consideration. So, why would runners wear arm sleeves? Perhaps a better question is why would runners not wear arm sleeves?!
Marathon runners have been sporting compression socks for several years. Knee-high socks, however, don't occur naturally on trails, and have been known to scare away small animals and potential mates. Maybe that's why trail runners have been a little slower to adopt the look. Now compression technology is hitting the roads and the dirt as compression calf sleeves were all the rage at this year's. Team Salomon not only raced in the stylish black-and-silver-patterned sleeves, but relaxed and recovered in them, too.
A few other runners sported the colorful sleeves. The makers of the expensive products tout the performance benefits of, but in terms of science, compression calf sleeves are kind of like ice baths. The people who use them swear by them. The people who study their effectiveness? Not so much. Even though show the benefits may be more in my head than my legs, I've been wearing compression calf sleeves for the past month. My legs feel fresher during and after my long runs, and whatever the reason, I'll take it. If you're not quite ready to shell out the average $40 to $60 cost for calf sleeves, I've come up with a few other justifications to rationalize the purchase that don't depend on science. Protection: They protect your legs from small scratches, abrasions and nasty things like poison ivy on the trail. Swelling: Compression technology has been, especially in people who spend all day on their feet. I'm guessing spending 24 hours on the trail for a 100-mile ultra counts. Dirt: Collects on your sleeves and not on your legs. Warmth: Allows you to wear shorts on those iffy days when you'd reluctantly wear tights. Coolness: No they don't keep you cool, but the Team Salomon guys looked pretty darn cool in their Salomon EXO III calf sleeves. A couple of tips before you make a purchase: Don't buy white (see item #3). Also, make sure you measure your calves for proper sizing. Too tight and they're uncomfortable and impossible to put on. Too loose and they don't provide enough compression and slide down on the trail. If you're convinced that compression leg sleeves are worth a try, here is a of the Zensah Compression Calf Sleeves and a of the RecoFit Compression Calf Sleeves.
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