How to Buy Compression Clothing
If you're ready to buy your first piece of compression gear, Fred has a few tips. First, he says that sizing is important to get the maximum benefit. "Compression is meant to be tight—not restrictive, but certainly tight enough that you feel compressed." He also adds that following the recommendations of the manufacturer will yield the best results.
So which compression garments should you buy? That may depend on your body and your goals for wearing the gear. To get exercise benefits during and after your workout, Fred suggests that you start with compression tights because your legs will be involved in most cardio activities for weight loss. In addition, he says, "your legs are your largest muscle group and wearing compression there will return the maximum benefits for someone looking to get the best value and benefit."
Some exercisers, however, may choose to buy a compression garment for the upper body to limit the amount of" jiggle" that happens during their workout. A compression top will help to support your chest, abdomen, and arms to give you a sensation of comfortable tightness. If that support helps you to last longer during your workouts then a compression top may be a good investment. Tops at 2XU come in sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve options so it's easy to find a style to give you the comfort you need.
Regardless of which compression garment you buy, remember that it won't be a magic bullet for weight loss. Compression gear doesn't burn more calories and it won't magically boost your metabolism — no workout gear can do that. But if compression gear can make you feel more comfortable when you move, then it might help you to make your workouts longer or to exercise more often. 3 If that is the case, then compression gear is a worthwhile investment.