I am so glad to have the opportunity to review PRO Compression Marathon Socks because I LOVE them!
Compression socks increase blood flow in the legs, causing lactic acid and other bad by-products to be flushed out more quickly. This in turn can reduce muscle soreness and fatigue and leave your legs feeling more fresh.
This is EXACTLY what they did for me and by wearing them, my muscles have been able to recover faster. The socks have really helped decrease my soreness the day following a long run. They are comfortable and thin, plus they are tight enough that they stay up on their own.
When should you wear compression socks?
For recovery benefits, after a workout - but a lot of people wear them during workouts as well. Sometimes I wear them during my run, but I definitely wear them for 1-2 hours afterwards to reap the recovery benefits.
1. True Graduated Compression
2. Arch support with just the right about of compression
3. Stabilization zone thru the sides to mid foot. Helps provide foot bed comfort.
4. Open toe box so it will not keep your toes to tight.
5. Wide cuff for added comfort.
6. Moisture wicking materials
7. No blisters!
PRO Compression socks deliver maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability, and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet, you will feel the difference.
This design requires more effort to put on than standard socks, but it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.
True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.
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Disclosure: PRO Compression provided me with a free pair of Marathon Compression socks to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Returning from a week long vacation and going back to work can be quite the buzz kill, so in case anyone else needs a smile this morning, watch this:
You are welcome :)
I don't want any of my readers to think I have dropped off the face of the Earth.. So here is a little sneak peak of where I have been spending my time lately:
My happy place.
I will be back to my normal blogging soon. Until then, feel free to follow along on Instagram.
Have a wonderful weekend!
When I am traveling for work, I find it difficult to stay on a workout regiment. This is mostly because of meetings, conferences, early mornings, late dinners, etc. (excuses, I know!)
I was fortunate enough on my last trip to have some extra time to myself for working out, plus I got in a ton of walking as I was sightseeing. I have some more work trips coming up, and this time I am going to be prepared! I love circuit training - and one of the best things about it is you don't always need equipment or even a huge chunk of time. Not to mention, you can perform the exercises in the comfort of your own hotel room, if you prefer.
Here are few exercises put together to make up one short, but great workout!
How do you stick to your workouts when traveling?
By now, I am sure most of you have heard the buzz about Colby Callait's video for 'Try'. It takes on the notions of beauty ideals. The video has definitely struck a chord with many viewers. I am all for getting dressed up and putting on makeup to go out somewhere nice... but for me, the video stands more for that its totally great for women to want to do all of that, but it's also important not to let the makeup define you. I don't think of using makeup to hide, but to enhance (unless I have a pimple to cover-up ha).
After reading more articles on this topic and video, it got me thinking. Even though I might not wear a lot of makeup or worry about having a 'face on' before I go in public (I actually kind of find it annoying to put makeup on all the time), I do think I could use some improvement in the self body image department. I think a lot of people can relate to that.
I often have to remind myself of why I set fitness goals, and why I choose to eat healthy (for the most part). It isn't to look better for anyone else - it is to feel better about myself. Living a healthy life has always made me feel better. I think that is pretty normal. Running races and accomplishing fitness goals is about pushing my body and my mind past the limits I had once set for myself.
I am trying to find a place in the middle that allows me to respect my body as the physical part of who I am. A part that I can decide is beautiful and not unimportant or unworthy. From there, taking care of my body should feel like a gift and not a punishment.
The vast majority of the people whose lives you will touch in ways they will never forget, will not remember the imperfections you see in the mirror, but how you made them feel. Your best moments of your whole life will have nothing to do with your weight. At all.
Achieving fitness goals is great, but I want to be more than that. I want to be spiritual. I want to be well read. I want to think independently. I want to be well traveled. I want to be informed on what’s going on in the world. And I want to inspire others to be the same. So many people get consumed with their diet and workouts that they become one dimensional and oh so very boring. There is so much more to us than our workouts and diets.
Be more than your body.
After completing my first half marathon in May, I decided to rediscover some of my favorite exercises (besides running), like spinning classes, strength training, yoga, pilates, etc. I ended up doing just that. Heck, I even ended up walking quite a bit too. I decided to still run, but not nearly as much as training for the half. I needed a break.
Recently, what I have been struggling with is negative self talk. I think without having a time goal or race to work toward right now, it makes me a tad less motivated to workout to my full potential each day. On the days I would skip a workout or walk instead of run, I would feel very guilty and start to come down on myself. I KNOW that is the worst thing we can do, and it is not healthy.
Some might say that I should sign up for a race in order to work toward another goal - and I might do that, but I want to make sure I am doing it for the right reasons. First, I need to train my mind to think more positively and encourage myself. If I can't do that, that the goals I want to meet with my body will never come.
As I have been working on this mental struggle, I am starting to see the other side. For instance, last night I went outside with the intention to walk and do a leg circuit. I ended up running the farthest since my half marathon in May. It was slow and not easy, but it was glorious.
Earlier this week, a friend of mine shared a link with me that led me to read,
'50 Healthy Habits Every Girl Should Have.' I love reading articles and lists like this. Even if all of the information isn't relevant to me, I can usually count on one or two things to speak to me.
There were tons of great tips in this article, but here are a few of my favorites from the list:
- Don’t try to keep up with the Jonses.
- Put. Down. The. Cell. Phone.
- Count to 10 when you’re pissed off.
- Stop beating yourself up.
- Make your home a place you want to be.
- Stand up for yourself.
- Listen to your body
- Go on a social media diet.
- Learn to take constructive criticism.
Read the full article here.
Hopefully there are few things everyone can take away from these reminders!