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You push your body to the limits when you train — and that’s why it’s so important to honor the recovery process and ensure your incorporating adequate rest and stretching into your routine. Plus, adding intentional recovery activities into your training regimen can actually help you recovery faster and improve your future performance.
Whether you’re in world-class competitions or a diligent neighborhood jogger, taking care of your body is important. Here are our five best tips for embracing the recovery process:
We all know how important stretching is…yet so many of us skip it in favor of finishing up our workouts sooner. All it takes is five to 10 minutes of static stretches — that means holding a stretch for 10 to 20 seconds — to decrease muscle stimulation and minimize your injury risk. Focus on the muscle groups that you used the most in your workout and allow yourself to relax and breathe deeply.
If you want to take your stretching routine to the next level, try foam rolling. By rolling your glutes, quads and calves on a foam roller, you can relax fascia build-up on your muscles. Not only will this help your muscles feel less tight and more flexible, but it can also reduce post-workout soreness.
Wearing compression clothing — like socks, leggings or sleeves — helps improve blood flow and gently squeeze out excess fluid from your muscles. While some athletes choose to wear compression clothing during their workout, wearing it afterwards can also be a helpful recovery tool. Check out our compression socks for men and compression socks for women.
Engaging in a lighter restorative workout like yoga is a great way to switch up your routine and engage in some active stretching. Giving your body a different challenge than you’re used to — for instance, holding a pose instead of running ten miles — is great for recovery and future performance.
Rest, Ice, Rehydrate
Of course, the best way to recovery from your workout is to do exactly that: rest. Ice sore muscles, drink water and give your body space to relax. Even the most hardcore athletes need breaks. Trust us: you earned it.
So, what are you waiting for? Treat your muscles to a pair of high quality compression socks today.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.