FEELING GREAT: Recovery clothing can help to make your body feel healthier

OK, the shops are open and we all saw the mad rush to get back to some sort of normality last week. Choose wisely what you buy and what you wear when it comes to fitness!

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 12:00 am

One of my big bugbears, and particularly when it happens in my Physio Rooms, is when people make negative assumptions about something without asking any questions or seeking any clarity, before they assume it.

I’m not sure if those people are sceptical, cynical or just ignorant, but either way, it’s costing them good health and lots of enjoyment from life by not taking the advice of the people who know better.

Here’s a little and relevant story: When I was working as a physio in professional football I started telling my players they could shorten their recovery time, meaning they’d be ready for the next game sooner and therefore improve performances, simply by wearing specialist clothing immediately after they had played and trained.

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The reaction from one or two was disbelief and a refusal to even explore the possibility that what I was saying might, just might, help. The majority remained sceptical and some even mocked the suggestion.

Only one or two met my thoughts with enthusiasm and agreement. A few years later, this recovery clothing is now used in a big way in both professional and amateur sport to not only improve performance, but to reduce the next-day aches and pains that happen to us all, particularly when you walk past the age of 40. And that’s something that should be of interest to you.

Because of the advancements in recovery clothing for top athletes, it’s also had a positive impact on the type of clothing that is now readily available to people exercising on the streets and in gyms.

So, how does recovery clothing work, and how can it help you to keep more active and feel healthier? Well, this clothing moves the blood around your system much more efficiently and removes the lactic acid that builds up during exercise more rapidly.

This means your muscles are likely to feel less sore and stiff when you wake up the next morning.

Lactic acid is that pain and burn sensation in your muscles that comes on towards the end of your exercise when you tire, and it’s more noticeable the next day.

Most people suffer from it. How badly depends on the cool down exercises they do (at the end) and on the clothing they choose to wear (or not).

Try it, you may see a big difference!