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Ten Different Types of Yoga Explained

I love running. One of my new year’s resolutions have been to finally run a marathon. I am keeping the training regimen and I am powering through it, but it puts a strain on my body. I started incorporating a little bit of swimming into my training routine as well as getting massages. I even had the idea of taking some yoga classes in order to stretch my muscles.

However I went online and saw how many different types of yoga there are. I was a little bit confused at first. Isn’t yoga supposed to make me feel calmer and lower my anxiety? It is hard to even choose which class to start. I just became more anxious by trying to come up with which type of yoga class to go to.

I wrote a short summary of the different yoga styles out there. These are just short explanations.

If you are new to the yoga scene you will need new clothing to start training. You can check out my reviews of the best yoga shorts and pants here.


I wil start with this because this is the type of yoga I decided to start. There is a nice bikram yoga studio close to where I live, so that was an important factor in my decision. The main feature of buckram is that you do the poses in a hot sauna. You have to deal with over 40 percent humidity in buckram classes. The class consists of 26 different yoga poses, each repeated twice. The poses are performed in an artificially heated room, so you will sweat like never before. Always bring a bottle of water with yourself to balance all the fluids you loose due to sweating. This is one of the most popular types of yoga you will find, however it is a little bit controversial. The founder of bikram sued several studios who don’t follow the sequences of poses as he intended in his original class.


A friendly named yogi, called John Friend developed this type of yoga in 1997. His belief was that we are all good and loving beings deep down. This type of yoga is very close to the original way of doing yoga, but with a little bit of a twist. It is meant to train you to be accepting and full of energy, since this type of yoga has a bit of humour added to it. This is done by the instructor encouraging the students to express themselves through the poses. The students are encouraged to put their personality into all the exercises they are doing.


This is one of the six original branches of yoga. It is a physical type of yoga. It is rather a group term that can incorporate asthenia, buckram and other types of yoga. It is an umbrella term. However most yoga classes referred to as hatha are a mixture of basic yoga poses and breathing exercises done one after another.


This is a quick, pacey type of yoga. Six established and strenuous pose sequences are done in sequence. The instructors of these classes flow quickly and seamlessly from one pose to another. You are probably familiar with the term “vinyasa”. It refers to a series of ashtanga poses linked with a breathing exercise. The poses always follow each other in the same order.


This type of yoga is about pushing your limits. It puts a physical strain on your body while letting your mind relax. The classes often involve chanting ancient Sanskrit scriptures.


This type of yoga incorporates items from the external environment in their poses. It is named after its founder, and it is often referred to as furniture yoga, because it uses straps, boards, harnesses. It might seem easier, but you should not take it lightly.


Is all about getting to know your body, and accepting it as it is. It incorporates starting a pose, holding it for an extended time while meditating. While doing kripalu yoga, you are looking to find flow while doing the poses.


With this yoga you minimise the stress on your body, and you are just looking to gain energy. You will spend up to five minutes in one poses, while using air fresheners and pillows to help you sink into a relaxed, meditative state. It feels like a cleansing ritual for your mind. You go into a deep, trance-like state and the biggest challenge is to not fall asleep in your comfortable position.


This type of yoga focuses on the same twelve basic poses, broken apart by sun salutations, breathing and savasanas. The underlying mindset of this type of yoga is that breathing, relaxation,. proper diet, exercising and positive thinking will lead to a healthy, balanced life.


Also referred to as vinyasa yoga. This type of yoga had its heyday in the late eighties, when it found a large following with the aerobic loving westerners. There is no set sequence of styles, like in most other types of yoga. This makes the classes varied based on the teacher. Each class is different. The only similar thing in these classes is their reliance on movement instead of calm and controlled sequence of poses.

Do you want to read more about different yoga styles. Check out this article or this one to know more.

Best Yoga Pants and Compression Shorts for Yoga

The popularity is one of the most popular physical activities in the modern world. It’s popularity has risen steadily, up to the point where we can try different types of yoga, such as bikram yoga, kundalini yoga and hatha yoga, just to name a few. It is a safe way to stretch and strengthen your muscles, while becoming a more mindful person during the process. According to a study, there were more than 36.7 million yoga practitioners in the US in 2016, a substantial rise from 20,4 million practitioners in 2012. With so many fans of yoga out there, people must be wondering which are the best compression yoga pants? Which yoga shorts should they wear?

Which are the best compression yoga pants?

Which pants or shorts should you wear for yoga practice? Regular yoga participants should wear a specialised type of clothing to get the best experience possible. Although you don’t have to wear compression shorts for yoga, but there are excellent models on the market with graduated compression. Certain models offer between 10-15 mm Hg graduated compression. Even the models without compression technology have similar design and makeup as the best compression yoga pants.

As for the material makeup of these products, several garments are possible. At retailers it is common to see companies offering yoga shorts, capris or even long legged yoga compression leggings and some of the best yoga compression pants. At classes you can see as many clothing items as people, so there is a wide ranging demand for specialised yoga wear in the community. There is no item that could be labelled the best yoga pants or the best compression yoga shorts categorically. Everybody is different, and all you can do is choose the best models for your needs.

Before we look into the features of the best yoga shorts and yoga compression pants, here is a list of the products I will recommend at the end of the article:


Best yoga shorts features

Even though everybody needs a different type of yoga pants, the best shorts for yoga share some common features. If you want to choose a great model for your money, choose one that satisfies most of the categories below.

Here are some things to consider:


Of course the price of the shorts compared to how much you can spend on them will determine the type of models you will be able to get. Although the premium models go for a hefty price, you can get really good shorts for a fraction of the price if you are thrifty. Check Amazon for deals regularly. Another thing you can do is to determine your budget, and come up with a list of additional features that you feel you must have on your shorts. Determine which features you consider a “must have”, and which ones “nice to have.” Try to find the best short with your “must have” features that fit into your budget.

Colour and Style

Finding the right colour and style of compression shorts would fall into the category of “nice to have” for most people, but there are a few things to consider here. First of all, white, yellow and light grey compression yoga shorts show your sweat more than dark colours. This can be an inconvenience. This can make some people really uncomfortable.

Certain yoga positions require you to lay down, or sit down in your yoga pants. If you start out with light grey or white yoga pants at the beginning of a session, they can turn black by the end. Lighter yoga pants require frequent washing. Buy multiple yoga pants, or wash them before each workout if you decide to go with lighter models.


With all the different types of yoga available, the temperature at which you will wear your yoga pants. If you do bickram yoga, you will be in a very hot room. If you do yoga outdoors in the morning, you will have to wear your yoga compression pants at a cold morning. Yoga shorts are the best for the hot yoga rooms, whereas neoprene yoga pants might be the best for outdoors cold environments. This brings me to my next point.

Type of Yoga

As you would expect, the type of yoga you do plays a huge part in what kind of wearables will be the best for you. In hot yoga classes thin and breathable shorts are the best. In a vinyasa class, longer pants and capris are the norm. In barefoot classes 3/4 capri pants are the recommended models, since they cover most of your legs, but don’t restrict the movement of your feet.


Most of the yoga compression pants are excellent for other purposes too. Even though most companies manufacture special leggings they label as “yoga” leggings, these can be used for other purposes too. Maybe your yoga shorts will be excellent for cycling or running too.


The best compression yoga pants are made of stretchable materials. They hold your legs tight without restricting your ability to move. If they hug around your legs they can eliminate excess motion, thereby restricting energy consumption and reducing risk of injury. However you need compression pants that are stretchable and don’t restrict your range of motion.

Non see-through

It can be very embarrassing if your underwear is visible while you are doing yoga poses in class. Since yoga pants are so thin and they hug your skin tightly, you can’t wear any other pants under them. Choose non see-through compression yoga pants.


As with all compression wear, the fit is crucial. If the pants are too loose, the compression technology can’t put any pressure on the veins. If the pants are too tight, they will cut off blood circulation instead of enhancing it. Making sure that you have comfortable clothing is a must, especially with yoga. This activity is after all about mindfulness too. A good rule of thumb is to choose yoga compression pants that feel a little bit tight when you put them on, but don’t leave a mark on your skin. Even if you are shopping online, most companies offer a 100% money-back guarantee, so you can send back the product if it is not the right fit.


This is the category where the extra dollars can really make a difference. Sacrificing some extra money for well designed yoga compression shorts can make a real difference in how you feel during yoga classes. What distinguishes well designed compression shorts for poorly designed ones? The seams are one of the distinguishing features. Look for either seamless yoga shorts, or flat seams that don’t hurt your skin. The waistlines are another feature to look out for. The waistline should have immaculate stitching, and when you hold up the yoga pants, the left and right side should be symmetrical. Choose models that come with a money back guarantee. Even if your new yoga shorts start falling apart, you can always get a new one.


Some people think that you don’t have to pay special attention to your compression wearables after you start using them. That is not true. First off, you must pay attention to the cleaning and maintenance instructions. Some models can be machine washed, others don’t respond well to the wear and tear of washing machines. You can’t use a dryer with most compression shorts, but there are some that can take it. Just read the manual carefully. Machine washable yoga compression pants can save you a lot of time.

Moisture wicking

Nowadays every compression garment is moisture wicking. Special knitting technologies are used to ensure the breathability of the material. Such yoga compression pants are more hygienic, and they keep your skin dry. This is healthier and gives you better feeling while working out.


Most compression shorts are made of a combination of nylon and spandex. Usually silicone bands are used at the bottom of the shorts to keep them tight on your skin. Compression yoga shorts with extra copper content are worth your money. The copper has antibacterial qualities. NFL athletes have started using copper compression shirts, and copper arthritis socks are more and more popular among runners.

The best compression yoga pants

So which are the best shorts and pants for different types of yoga? I took into account all the features mentioned above and chose a few models that are among the best yoga shorts. There are premium models as well as value choices in the list below.

HuaTu Women’s Compression Ankle Leggings

I love the touch of these leggings. They are soft, stretchy and smooth. They give you a comfortable feel in class, and keep you dry. They wrap around your thighs and glutes softly without restricting your ability to move freely. A wide elastic waistband provides a soft, natural fit. Designed with flat seams to prevent blisters and chaffing. Made of 87% polyester and 13% spandex. It has side pockets for you purse or mobile phones, which makes them great pants for quickly going out to the grocery store, or going out for a run. A product for a cut price, but still a great, multifunctional pair of yoga pants for just ten dollars.

RBX Women’s Power Capri

These models are one of the most comfortable ones on our list. They let your skin breathe like almost no other model thanks to their mesh inserts designed to enhance ventilation. It is a great feeling to have the breeze blowing on your skin during demanding workouts. The material is moisture wicking, so you will not suffer through yoga sessions in soaked compression pants. They come in twelve different colours, with a fade-resistant seasonal print for a unique and durable look. Their flat-lock stitching prevent chafing and skin damage. They have a small key pocket, and a mid-rise waistband.

ODODOS High Waist Yoga Leggings

These compression yoga leggings are available in 35 different colours, all made in the USA. If you are looking for excellent quality leggings at an affordable price, these should be your choice. Made of 87% polyester and 13% spandex. I love their excellent design and their breathability. Breathable design that keeps your skin dry even during long yoga sessions. Stretchable design, combines maximum comfort with fashion. The pants are designed to give you a streamlined look and contour to your body. The yoga shorts come with a 100% money back guarantee. They are available for twenty dollars, so they are a mid-priced option.

CompressionZ Women’s Leggings

CompressionZ have become one of the most respected manufacturer in the compression wearables industry. They have durable, excellently designed models. These compression pants are one of my favourites on the list. I love their versatility. They are not designated yoga compression leggings, instead they offer a multisports solution. Their versatile design makes them excellent for a wide range of sports, from running through cycling to yoga. They are available in five colours.

These CompressionZ yoga compression shorts hold your legs like a cradle, and restrict excessive muscle motion for conserving energy and preventing injuries. The four way compression fabric ensures maximum comfort, without itching, irritation or chaffing. The pants have a seamless design. The pants come with a 100% money-back guarantee. Even if they are not what you expected – although I highly doubt it – you can return them and get your money back. They usually go for over thirty dollars on Amazon, so they are one of the pricier compression yoga pants on the list, but their design and compression technology is worth the price.

Dragon Fit Compression Yoga Pants

These compression yoga pants come with a high waist tummy control. They are made of a four-way stretch, non see through fabric. Excellent for different activities, such as yoga, running, dancing, fitness and aerobics. The four-way stretch material ensures that you can do even the most difficult poses without the pants getting in the way. They are stretchable, they hug and embrace your legs while the high-waist tummy control provides extra support at your lower stomach. These yoga pants are available in five different colours. The company offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

Champion Men’s Powerflex Compression Shorts

I love Champion’s. It might be strange to see a pair of compression shorts on this list from the manufacturer of basketball shorts. But these are an excellent pair of compression shorts for men who want to do yoga. Champion’s took their expertise and applied them to creating these excellent yoga compression shorts for men.

Made of 84% polyester and 16% spandex, a material makeup that allows your skin to breathe and the sweat to evaporate. It comes with the trademark quick-drying Champion Vapor technology that evaporates moisture fast during yoga sessions. These compression shirts have flat lock seams to prevent skin irritation and chafing. Available in ten different colours.

Homma Women’s Yoga Shorts

These yoga shorts are excellent when it comes to style and design. They are available in 24 different styles. All the models are made of non see through material. These also come with tummy control waist band to give you additional support in the stomach area. Out of all the yoga shorts I looked at, these had the best tummy control bands. They are symmetric, and have an excellent stretch. They hug around your stomach perfectly, and fit like no other compression shorts. They are multifunctional yoga shorts, excellent for cycling, running and dancing. They have an excellent design, the shorts fit your glutes and thighs perfectly, giving your body additional support without restricting your range of motion.

Baleaf Yoga Shorts with Inner Pocket

These shorts are available only four colours. However their lack of stylistic variability is more than compensated for by their material makeup and design. Made of 87% polyester and 13% spandex. They are non see-through, with moisture wicking and breathable material. Their stretchy fabric covers your skin without restricting you in your mobility. The waistbands offer extra support for your stomach, and contain an inner pocket for your mobile phones. A longer inseam than in most models prevents the material rubbing against your skin. The seams are excellently designed to prevent chafing and skin trauma.



As you can see, there are a number of different compression yoga pants and compression yoga leggings that can help you feel great during your class. There is no one model that could be labelled the best yoga pants, but there are several different shorts and yoga leggings that can all get the job done. The best yoga shorts depend on your situation and specific needs. Is there a model we left off the list? Let me know in the comments below.

Top Ten Natural and Medical Ways for Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins seem to be a symptom of modern life. We spend most of our days sitting down in our offices, and then go home to sit on the couch and watch tv. It is not a stretch to say, that the modern lifestyle is a lot less active than at any time in history.

Varicose veins are a symptom of poor blood circulation. The veins are responsible for transporting the blood from the extremities to the heart. The blood inside the veins lacks oxygen and nutrients. The sooner the blood can reach the heart, the sooner it can flow through the intestines again and reach the muscles full of nutrients and oxygen.

The veins have to fight against the force of gravity to pump the blood back to the heart. Needless to say, this tires out the veins. The small valves inside the veins stop working to full effect, and the walls loose their firmness. The blood pools up inside the loose veins. This causes the bulging blue and dark black veins inside the legs.

Varicose veins and spider veins are harmless in the beginning, but with time they can cause serious health problems. In extreme cases their treatment might require surgery. But don’t be afraid. There are a lot of natural and medical ways to prevent and get rid of varicose veins. Let’s go through the top ten ways to get rid of varicose veins.

A word of caution: It is wise to speak to your doctor before using any of the remedies and procedures below. A doctor can pinpoint the exact treatment you need, can find any risk factors that you need to pay attention to.

Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins

1. Lifestyle

Exercising is one of the best ways to avoid varicose veins.

Have you ever heard coaches say ‘the best defence is a good offence’? It applies not only in sports, but in health too. If you want to get rid of diseases, live a healthy lifestyle.

In case of preventing varicose veins, this means exercising regularly. The muscles have a natural pumping motion when working. They contract and loosen up, this motion helps the veins stay firm and pump the blood. Consult with your doctor, they can recommend an appropriate activity for your physical condition.

Pay attention to your diet. Being overweight puts a significant strain on your body, and on your heart. It takes a lot of energy to pump the blood all the fat tissue. All those extra pounds put unnecessary pressure on your veins.

A salty diet increases water retention, which causes increased blood pressure and swelling.

2. Clothing

Clothing has a crucial role to play in varicose vein prevention. Avoid too skinny, too tight clothes. I know you want everybody to see that you haven’t been skipping leg day in the gym, but wearing extra right jean is just going to make you miserable. Avoid high heels. As a general rule, avoid any clothing that feels too tight, or leave a mark on your skin. These cut off blood circulation instead of helping it.

3. Take naps with elevated legs

Give your veins a little bit of rest, and let the blood flow naturally from your legs to your heart. Lay down for fifteen minutes, and make a tower out of two-three pillows. Put your legs on them. Now the gravity works in favour of your veins instead of against them. Just fifteen minutes each day will be enough. Many people have used this technique, including former navy seal Jocko Willink.

4. Avoid sitting or standing

Avoid sitting in one place for hours. The same goes for standing. Teachers and truck drivers have to pay special attention to breaking their daily routines. Exercise a little bit. Walk around. Personally I set a pomodoro timer on my phone. This means I sit and work for 25 minutes before standing up and walking around. I go socialise for five minutes or have a glass of water. Here is a short video of exercises you can do at your desk to promote blood flow.

Here is another video with yoga exercises you can do at your desk. I am a big fan of yoga. We all know that it can get frustrating at the office, and giving ourselves just a little break to calm down can make a huge difference in our state.

5. Compression socks

What kind of compression website would we be, if we wouldn’t include compression socks on this list?! This is not simple self-promotion, since compression socks have been proven to get rid of varicose veins. They promote blood flow and help the veins get their job done.

If you want to read more about the best compression socks for varicose veins, check out this article. Compression stockings are just as effective.

6. Alternative medicine

Butcher’s broom is a natural remedy for varicose veins.

There are many remedies out there which supporters of alternative medicine claim to help with chronic venous insufficiency. My grandmother claims that eating grapes helps. Take it with a grain of salt but maybe there is something to it. I like grapes anyway, so if it helps with varicose veins, that is just a plus. Other plants that are supposed to help are: butcher’s broom, horse chestnut and sweet clover.

7. Sclerotherapy

This is one of the most common medical procedures dealing with varicose veins. The doctors inject a material that closes small and medium-sized varicose veins. These varicose veins fade away. The big positive of sclerotherapy is that it doesn’t require anaesthesia. It can be done quickly, and it is very effective. Some veins might need to be injected several times, but this can be done quickly in the doctor’s office.

8. Foam sclerotherapy

This is a newer treatment, used mainly for causing large veins. The vein is injected with a foamy substance that fills it up. As the blood no longer flows through the vein it slowly fades away.

8. Laser surgery

Laser surgery can be used to close off small spider veins and varicose veins. The doctor concentrates the light on one point, and send a strong ray onto the veins. This makes the vein fade away and disappear. This therapy is more and more popular, because no incisions or anaesthesia is needed.

9. Endoscopic surgery

This is the most invasive of all the procedures on this list. Doctors use it only in worst case scenarios. If all other techniques fail, and the patient is suffering from ulcers, this might be the way to go. This procedure is incredibly painful, it takes years of poor lifestyle choices and other failed treatment methods to get to this procedure. The doctor pushes a thin video camera through the vein, to find the places where the walls of the veins have lost their firmness. Then the doctor removes those areas manually.

Have you heard of any other treatments for chronic venous insufficiency? Share it in the comment section!

Jobst Compression Stockings Reviews

Jobst have earned a name for themselves in the world of compression clothing as a reliable manufacturer of great quality compression stockings. They make some of the best maternity compression leggings and footless compression stockings. Jobst is a company you can’t ignore when you are searching for the best compression stockings. Let’s look at a few Jobst compression stockings reviews. The questions we will examine include: which Jobst compression stockings are the best on the market, are the size charts reliable, and what do the Amazon reviews say?

Although the Jobst compression stockings reviews on Amazon reveal that the size charts are accurate, proceed with caution. If you have a chance try out the compression stockings in person.

Jobst Relief Thigh High Open Toe Beige Compression Stockings

 One of the biggest positives of these open toe compression stockings is their material makeup and design. They are made with a 3-D knit structure. They are using an air-covered spandex yarn. This gives the stockings a soft touch, and breathability. Many reviews of the Jobst Relief open toe graduated compression stockings mentions how much they let the skin breathe, and allow the moisture to evaporate from the skin.

These unisex compression stockings are made of 66% nylon, 28% spandex and 6% silicone. They are latex free. The silicone can be found in the dot band, which hugs the thighs in order to keep the stockings in place the whole day. These bands are crucial, without them the stocking would move and wiggle on your legs. If they wouldn’t fit perfectly, the stockings couldn’t apply their compression technology. The pressure couldn’t compress the vein and help blood flow. The silicone bands are not too tight. When you put on the stockings they will feel firm, but not so tight that they are uncomfortable. The open toe design makes them even more comfortable, there is some extra wiggle room for your toes. The heels are reinforced with extra padding. They absorb the impact of your steps, and make the stockings more comfortable. Many jobst compression stockings reviews mention how comfortable and soft these products are.

The stockings come with graduated compression technology. This means they put the largest pressure on your feet and ankles. The pressure subsides as the stockings get higher on your legs. The pressure is around 30 mm Hg on your ankles, 25 mm Hg on your calves and 20 mm Hg around the silicone bands. This type of compression helps blood flow the most without any side effects. It helps the veins circulate the blood the most where the pull of gravity is the strongest.

The Jobst Relief thigh high open toe beige compression stockings reviews reveal that this product is excellent for treating several circulatory diseases. They prevent and treat varicose veins, leg and ankle swelling, moderate cases of edema and lymphedema, pregnancy varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis.

Jobst Relief Knee High Open Toe Beige Compression Stockings

The main difference between these compression stocking and the ones written about above is their length. These are ‘knee-high’ compression stockings, meaning they stretch from your ankles up to your knees. This makes them effective at helping blood circulation, but only below your knees. They can be super if you are looking to treat varicose veins above your calf muscles, or common running injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis. However they are completely helpless when it comes to treating deep vein thrombosis, or other conditions affecting your thigh muscles.

They have the toes covered. This makes them a little bit more difficult to put on. Your toes don’t have as much wiggle room in these stockings.

They are also graduated compression stockings, but they work at a little bit lower pressure range. They put 15-20 mm Hg graduated compression on the legs. This means they are best for treating the early stages of varicose veins, spider veins, plantar fasciitis or shin splints. They also do excellently at preventing these conditions.

The reviews of these Jobst compression stockings rave about how comfortable the reinforced heels of these products are. Some reviews on Amazon even claim they feel like “walking on clouds”.

These unisex stockings are only available in beige. However due to their thin designs, they can be worn under any trousers, pants or skirts.

Jobst Relief Open Toe Beige Compression Pantyhose

Another one in the line of beige Jobst compression stockings. These full-length stockings have an open toe design. They are made of 75% nylon and 25% spandex to allow for your skin to breathe. The air covered spandex yarn gives softness and stretchability for the stockings.

These Jobst graduated compression stockings apply 20-30 mm Hg pressure on your legs. They put the largest pressure on the ankles and then the pressure slightly subsides as the stockings get higher on the legs.

Since these stockings reach even up to your belly, they are excellent for getting rid of the post partum belly fat. Even during pregnancy they can provide support to your belly and help you carry the baby. This can relieve your back pain severely. During pregnancy it is common to suffer from pregnancy swelling and varicose veins in the lower stomach area. This area is covered by these compression stockings, this is what makes them excellent maternity compression leggings.


Jobst has become a major player in the market of compression stockings. Their line of beige graduated compression stockings are among the most popular stockings on Amazon. Whether you are looking for knee-high or full length compression stockings, Jobst has the correct model for you. I hope these three Jobst compression stocking reviews helped you choose the best model for your needs.

Compression Shorts for Chafing: Which are the best models?

As an avid runner, I feel the importance of great quality running gear every day. Poorly designed, faulty clothes can turn even the most relaxing, enjoyable running session into a struggle. There are several questions I get from friends about what type of running gear to buy. However the following ones stand out: Will compression shorts stop chafing? If so, which are the best compression shorts for chafing? I have put together a little list to answer these questions once and for all.

The Importance of Great Running Gear

As we are just entering 2018, we can see more people outside in running gear than normal. Many people make the resolution to exercise more in the year ahead of us, and in the beginning they certainly keep their commitment. One thing that can keep up your initial good vibes and resolve is comfortable running gear. Nothing kills one’s motivation quicker, than poor quality clothes. Running compression socks can help you avoid common muscle pain and fatigue. Running shirts will keep you warm even when running outside during the winter months. These carefully designed clothing items can prevent the common risk factors involved with running, such as twisted ankles, muscle pulls and ankle strains. Even smaller injuries, such as chafing and skin burn can make running a miserable experience.

What is Chafing?

WebMd defines chafing as the painful and annoying result of skin rubbing against skin or clothing. Thankfully that sentence contains in itself the solution to the problem. Reduce either the skin rubbing against skin, or the skin against the clothing. In the first instance loosing weight or adopting a better running technique can help. In the second case the solution is to wear specially designed compression shorts for chafing.

One of the riskiest area for chafing are your thighs. Many runners complain that the repeated rubbing of the compression shorts with the inside of their legs creates chafing. This can happen easily at the top of the thighs, which are prone to sweating a lot and where plenty of rubbing occurs. However I have great news: If you choose one of the best compression shorts for chafing, you don’t have to be afraid of this debilitating condition.

Features of the Best Compression Shorts for Chafing

When it comes to choosing compression shorts for chafing, the most important points to take into consideration are the following: material, fit, breathability, and the moisture wicking ability of the shorts.

As far as material goes, the only one to avoid is cotton. It has a natural water absorbing tendency, which means your shorts will become saggy and wet as you run. They will make any soreness worse and make you feel uncomfortable. Most compression shorts for chafing are made of some combination of nylon, lycra and spandex.

If you can, choose compression shorts that have copper infused nylon in them. The copper content has a natural antibacterial effect. These shorts keep the inside of your thighs dry and free of microbes.

Always look for compression shorts that fit your legs perfectly. Too loose shorts are useless. The compression can’t have its positive effects, and the shorts can’t apply pressure on the veins to aid blood circulation. If the shorts are saggy, the material might get caught up between your legs. If this happens multiple times, chafing is guaranteed. Too tight compression shorts stifle blood flow rather than help it.  If you already own loosely fitting running shorts, then you might consider buying a pair of compression shorts. Wearing them under regular running shorts works well, just like in the case of bike compression shorts.

Compression shorts with high inseams are also great for preventing chafing. These shorts have an extra layer between the skin and your upper thigh.

The best compression shorts for chafing are made of breathable materials. They allow your skin to breathe and the moisture to evaporate. Wet skin makes the likelihood of chafing and skin burn higher. Keep your skin dry and you can avoid such problems.

The Best Compression Shorts for Chafing

CompressionZ Men’s Compression Shorts

  • Comfortable: Made of 85% nylon and 15% spandex.
  • Breathable: Made of anti-odor and anti-bacterial material. Excellent for long distance running, stays dry even during marathons and triathlon races.
  • Protection against skin irritation: The careful design, quality materials and breathability makes chafing a bad memory from the past.
  • Special stretch: Made with CompressionZ 4-way stretch technology. The material hugs around your quad and hamstring muscles.
  • Graduated compression: Promotes blood circulation and quick muscle recovery, minimises injury risk by applying 20-30 mm Hg graduated compression to your leg muscles.
  • 100% money-back guarantee: The company is so confident in the quality of their product that they offer a 100% money-back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with these anti-chafing compression shorts.

Click here to see more reviews and pricing options on Amazon


Neleus Men’s Compression Shorts

  • Comfortable materials: Made of 85% polyester and 15% spandex. Non-abrasive, elastic fabric with excellent durability.
  • Machine washable: Save time and effort with these easy to clean compression shorts.
  • Tight fit: Streamlined design, fits your tight and quad muscles perfectly. Made with 4-way stretch fabrication.
  • Excellent value: Three compression shorts in one pack, for the price of one premium compression short.
  • Style: Available in many different colours, such as black, grey, white, blue, red, green.
  • Neleus is a young company, established in 2008. They are known for manufacturing some of the most innovative, price-friendly consumer products in sports.

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Dry Dudz Men’s Hydro-Tech Compression Shorts

  • Material: 100% poly, dry through and moisture wicking material. Poly-lycra blend. Made with revolutionary Ecoinn (eco-friendly and innovative) dry-through technology.
  • Machine washable: Save time and effort with these easy to clean compression shorts.
  • Moisture wicking: Provides moisture control by letting the air move freely and keep your skin dry.
  • Anti-chafing: Irritation free, anti-chafing design.
  • Stretchable: 4-way stretch technology provides comfort, excellent base layer garment for a comfortable running experience.

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Chafing, irritation and skin burn are serious problems for regular runners. However if you wear the best compression shorts for chafing, you won’t have to suffer from skin problems again. If you choose one of the best running compression shorts, you will never have to concern yourself with the question: Will compression shorts stop chafing?


Charmking Graduated Compression Socks Review

The Charmking graduated compression socks are one of the best graduated compression socks on the market. They are recommended for hiking and running. They are excellent for people with standing occupations, such as nurses and teachers. Let’s look into a detailed Charming graduated compression socks review.

Charmking Graduated Compression Socks Features

  • Comfortable: The special, careful design of these compression socks makes them one of the most comfortable items on the market. Made of 85% nylon for extra comfort and stretchability.
  • 360 degree stretch: Delivers a 360 degree stretch, which makes it one of the most flexible, durable and most comfortable compression socks.
  • Breathable: Lets the sweat evaporate from your skin. The material helps your skin keep its original temperature, which keeps your legs warm during the winter and cool during the summer.
  • Hygienic: The carefully woven material lets the sweat evaporate, which prevents bacterial and fungi growth.
  • Graduated compression: Puts between 15-20 mm Hg pressure on your legs. This pressure range is recommended by doctors and fitness gurus alike for relieving pain, preventing cramps, treating varicose veins and swollen ankles.
  • Long term treatment: Excellent treatment for plantar fasciitis and shin splints.  Recommended for diabetic patients.
  • Unisex: Recommended for both men and women. Available in three colours, and two combinations of these: black, white and nude, or black/white/gray or black/white/nude.
  • Money back guarantee: If you are not satisfied with the product, the company will pay back 100% of your money, no questions asked.

What Else Should You Know About the Charmking Graduated Compression Socks?

The Charmking graduated compression socks combine fashion, comfort and the positive effects of graduated compression in one product. Charmking views compression socks as much more than just medical products. For them they are fashion items too, a way for their owner to show who they are, their personality through the type of compression socks they are wearing.

The graduated compression technology of the Charmking graduated compression socks makes them excellent for runners, nurses, teachers or diabetic patients. These socks are also recommended if you plan on going on a long flight. Cyclists and office workers can use them too.

Graduated compression socks put the most pressure on your ankles, where the veins have to work the hardest to circulate the blood. Here the pull of gravity is the strongest not he blood, thus the veins have to work very hard. Here the socks put around 20 mm Hg pressure on your legs. Then as the socks get higher on your legs the pressure subsides. Around your calves the pressure gets down to 18 mm Hg. Then underneath your knees, where the socks end the pressure is just 15 mm Hg. Graduated compression technology is recommended by doctors and fitness gurus alike because they help blood circulation the most without any adverse effects.

Before ordering your pair, make sure to check out the size charts on the product page on The sizing of the product is correct according to the Amazon reviews, so if you follow the size chart you should get a pair of socks that fits your legs perfectly.


The Charmking graduated compression socks are one of the best graduated compression socks on the market. They put between 15-20 mm Hg graduated compression on your legs. They are very comfortable, durable and stretchable. The Charmking graduated compression socks are excellent compression socks for nurses, teachers as well as runners.





Nurse Mates Compression Trouser Socks Review

The Nurse Mates compression trouser socks are one of the most comfortable graduated compression socks for nurses.  According to thousands of Amazon reviews they are very comfortable and durable. They are light nurse compression socks, excellent for wearing under your trousers for a long shift in the hospital. Let’s look at an in depth Nurse Mates compression socks review.

Features of the Nurse Mates Compression Trouser Socks

  • Thin: Excellent for wearing under trousers or stockings.
  • Ultra soft microfibre blend: Feels like silk on your skin. Holds your leg like a cradle, has all the positive effects of  compression without feeling too tight on your skin.
  • Graduated compression: 12-14 mm Hg graduated compression. This type of compression technology helps blood circulation the most without any adverse affects.
  • Extra padding: Additional heel and toe paddings added for comfort and to minimise the impact of your steps during your long shifts at the hospital.
  • Knee-high socks: Excellent for treating ankle swelling, calf cramps and varicose veins. 
  • Breathable material: Lets the sweat evaporate, leaving your skin dry and hygienic.

Why are the Nurse Mates compression trouser socks special?

Their main feature is their design. They are thin socks, made of an ultra soft microfibres blend. This makes them one of the most comfortable graduated compression socks for nurses on the market.

They are made with a special knitting technology that makes the material breathable. Your skin can breathe, the moisture and sweat can evaporate through the thin material of the socks.

Comfortable heel and toe pockets add to the comfort of the socks. These areas are reinforced with extra soft padding in order to absorb the impact of your steps and protect your feet.

Non-binding welt tops can be found at the top of the socks. This is another feature that makes the Nurse Mates compression trouser socks. one of the most comfortable graduated compression socks for nurses.

The Nurse Mates Compression Trouser Socks

These compression socks are very comfortable, they are non-binding and help with your aching leg muscles in style. They put 12-14 mm Hg graduated compression on your legs. Graduated compression socks put the largest pressure on your ankles, where the veins have to work the hardest to push the blood up to your heart. The veins are responsible for circulating the blood from the extremities to your heart. The blood in the veins are lacking in oxygen and nutrients, but they are full of waste materials. The quicker the blood flows in the veins, the sooner the waste materials are wasted out of the muscles, the quicker they recover. For nurses this is crucial in order to arrive to work fresh day after day. During the long shifts nurses are on their feet for hours on end. It is crucial that the muscles get fresh nutrients, so they can function at their optimal level during your long workday.

Nurses often feel severe leg pain at the end of 12 hour long shifts. It is not uncommon for nurses to suffer from muscle cramps and muscle fatigue. These are all issues that great graduated compression socks such as the Nurse Mates compression trouser socks can easily help with. They speed up blood flow. This helps the muscles get nutrients sooner, and the waste materials get washed out faster.

The Nurse Mates graduated compression socks can help you prevent and get rid of problems such as varicose veins, swollen ankles and plantar fasciitis.



The Nurse Mates Compression trouser socks are one of the most comfortable graduated compression socks for nurses. They help get rid of leg pain and muscle fatigue. They are excellent against varicose veins. If you want to feel comfortable and stylish at work, choose the Nurse Mates compression trouser socks.


StepinWay Compression Socks Review

The StepinWay compression socks are one of the best knee high compression socks on the market. They have excellent, raving reviews on Amazon. Let’s look at a StepinWay compression socks review, and examine what are the pros and cons of these compression socks.

Who should use the StepinWay Compression Socks?

The StepinWay compression socks help blood circulation. They are excellent for aiding running performance and speeding up recovery after a difficult workout. They are also perfect for getting rid of calf muscle cramps and ankle swelling. Varicose veins will become a thing of the past with these compression socks.  The positive effects of graduated compression can help you prevent and treat runner’s diseases such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis.

What are the Pros and Cons of the StepinWay Compression Socks?

  • Graduated compression: The StepinWay compression socks put between 20 and 30 mm Hg graduated compression on your legs. Graduated compression means the pressure is the highest around the ankles. Then the pressure slightly subsides as the socks get higher on the legs. The socks put around 30 mm Hg pressure around the ankles, then the socks only put around 20 mm Hg pressure around your knees, where they end.
  • Excellent fit: The StepinWay compression socks fit your skin perfectly. They have elastic rubber bands that keep them on your legs. This way the compression technology of the socks can have its full effect and help your blood circulation as much as possible.
  • Material: Excellent material makeup made of stretchable material. The StepinWay compression socks hold your legs like a cradle, they give support and firmness to your muscles without limiting your range of motion.
  • Machine washable: The socks can be washed in a machine, and they can be dried too. This saves you considerable time and effort.
  • Guarantee: The company is so confident in the quality of their product that they offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your socks, they will return your money, no questions asked.
  • Unisex: These compression socks are excellent for both men and women. They are available in only one colour combination, a mixture of black and grey blue. If you are looking for a similar model that comes in more colour combinations, take a look at the Go2 compression socks.
  • Antibacterial: The material of these socks is infused with antibacterial and antiodor materials. The material prevents bacterial and fungi growth responsible for the bad odors that so many of us feels after a demanding workout session.
  • Breathability: The fabric of these socks let your skin breathe. The sweat can evaporate from your skin. This is crucial as the sweat is an excellent environment for bacterial growth.


The StepinWay compression socks are one of the best models on the market. I hope this StepinWay compression socks review proved the many positive features of these socks. Their graduated compression technology helps your legs get rid of waste materials and recover faster after difficult exercise.

Go2 Compression Socks Review

The Go2 compression socks are one of the best compression socks for runners, but they are also very popular among nurses. Their durable, yet soft material makeup, graduated compression and quality design makes them one of the most popular choices on Amazon. Let’s look at the Go2 Compression Socks review.

General features of the GO2 Compression Socks

These compression socks are available with 20-30 mm Hg graduated compression. Graduated compression socks put the most pressure on your ankles, and then the pressure slightly subsides as the socks get higher on your legs. The pressure is the highest, around 30 mm Hg on the ankles, then on your calves the pressure is around 25 mm Hg. Under your knees the pressure is the lowest, around 20 mm Hg. That is why the pressure range is given as an interval. This is a high pressure range among compression socks.

These socks are excellent for getting rid of leg pain. If you frequently suffer from calf cramps, aching muscles or leg fatigue, these socks are excellent. The graduated compression technology of the Go2 compression socks helps blood circulation.

The veins are responsible for transporting the blood lacking in oxygen from the extremities back to the heart. The veins have little valves inside them, which help the blood circulation. The veins have to work against the force of gravity, which makes them tired. The walls of the veins can loose their firmness. If the diameter of the veins increases and the valves tire out, the blood slows down. That is the root of all problems, as the muscles don’t get as much oxygen. The waste materials wash out from the muscle slower. The slow blood flow can cause varicose veins, swelling or achilles tendonitis.

Pros of the GO2 Compression Socks

  • Graduated compression: 20-30 mm Hg graduated compression helps your aching muscles recover sooner. It reduces swelling, muscle cramps, enhances athletic performance and reduces running injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
  • Recovery socks: The compression technology helps you recover quicker after a long flight or a long and demanding workout. Excellent recovery socks not just for runners, but for cyclists too.
  • Comfort: The soles have extra padding for added comfort. This is one of the features which makes it one of the favourite compression socks for teachers, doctors, nurses. Anybody who spends a lot of time on their feet has to feel the added comfort these compression socks have.
  • Materials: Excellent makeup, made with only the best fabrics. These socks stay firm, but elastic even after many uses. Made mostly of nylon, which is infused with antibacterial and antiodor materials.
  • Style: These socks are available in a wide variety of styles and colours. They are available in 33 different styles. Actually the different styles are one of the reasons why this model is so popular. Most compression socks come in only boring colours. But not these ones. Everybody can find the right colour combination that fits their personality the most.
  • Knee-high socks: These compression socks help all your muscles underneath your knees. They stop just below your knees. This is what makes them excellent for treating calf cramps, ankle swelling and lower leg varicose veins.
  • Breathable material: The nylon of the socks makes them breathable. They let your skin breathe, and they allow the sweat to evaporate from your skin. This is vital for both runners and nurses. Neither of them wants to spend time in socks soaking with sweat.


The Go2 Compression Socks are one of the best best compression socks for runners and nurses on the market. I hope this Go2 Compression Socks review helped you get to know more about the product. Check out more reviews and pricing options on Amazon.

Bike Compression Shorts

At first glance bike shorts and compression shorts are very similar. Both are made of a combination of nylon and spandex, both fit your contours perfectly and great for athletes. However the two shorts are very different and not all compression shorts will be good for cycling. Whereas there are special bike compression shorts on the market for those cyclists who want to enjoy compression technology too. The best bike compression shorts are comfortable, protect your legs in the saddle and aid blood circulation.

Compression shorts vs bike shorts

What are the differences between cycling shorts and compression shorts? What are the unique features missing from the best compression shorts that are present in cycling shorts? This will tell you why it is not a good idea to use any shorts for bike compression shorts.

The most important feature of cycling shorts is the padding area at the bottom. This makes you more comfortable in the saddle, and protects the inside of your legs. This is missing from regular compression shorts. Different cycling shorts can have padding different thickness. However all of these paddings are made of synthetic materials. The padding means that bike shorts are usually not as thick, and they don’t have a snug fit to your legs.

Compression shorts must fit your skin completely to have their positive effect on blood circulation. If they had a padding, they couldn’t put any pressure on the inside of your legs. Also the shorts would move around a little bit. This is one reason why bike compression shorts are not very common.

Compression shorts are tight shorts that focus on putting pressure on your hamstring, thighs and backside. Bike compression shorts are designed to aid athletic performance and recovery, with the same technology as high quality compression pants. Simple bike shorts don’t come with this technology. They focus on making you comfortable. They are a little looser around the inside of your legs to allow you to sit comfortable in the seat pad.

Usually bike shorts and compression shorts have a different material makeup. Cycling shorts are made of a blend of different polyesters. On the other hand compression shorts are made of a blend of spandex and nylon, with only a small percent of poly or silicone added.

Cycling shorts have elastic leg grippers to prevent the shorts from moving around. These hold on your legs tightly. Compression shorts don’t have such bands, or at least they are not as firm. This is because they stop blood circulation a little bit, as the firm hold on the legs cut out the smallest arteries in the upper layers of the skin.

If the bands are poorly designed, they can cause chaffing or skin burn. Since compression shorts fit your skin tighter, if those bands are faulty they can really harm your skin. Compression shorts have a seamless design.

Sure, you often see cyclists wearing other types of compression gear. For example compression socks can be really beneficial for cyclists. Compression shorts also have their place, for example they make excellent gym shorts.

Bike Compression Shorts

There is a way to get the positive aspects of compression technology while cycling. You can wear compression shorts under your bike shorts to get the best of both worlds. That way the compression technology helps blood flow in your thighs and glutes. The bike shorts let you sit comfortable in the saddle. just make sure to have underwear under your compression shorts.

CompressionZ has special bike compression shorts they market as excellent graduated compression shorts for cycling and working out. They are graduated bike compression shorts. Graduated compression means they put the most amount of pressure on the thighs, but the pressure subsides slightly as the pants get higher on your legs. This helps blood circulation the most where the pull of gravity is the strongest on the blood and the veins have to work hardest to circulate it. Graduated cycling compression shorts are the most common and most sought after in the market.

CompressionZ Men’s Bike Compression Shorts

The great thing about the CompressionZ Men’s Compression shorts is that they have fitted pads at the back. These are not as well designed as the pads of specialised cycling shorts, but they still give you an advantage if you wear them under bike shorts.

They are made of 85% nylon and 15% spandex. They allow your skin to breathe during prolonged exercise. The material has antibacterial qualities, preventing bad odors and bacterial growth. This provides a hygienic environment for your skin.

The CompressionZ Men’s bike compression shorts put 20-30 mm Hg graduated compression on the legs to promote blood circulation and recovery. They minimise injury problems by helping your thighs, hamstrings, groins and quads. They helps your muscles get oxygen quicker, and help the blood wash out lactic acid from your muscles.

Available in three different colours: black, navy and white. The company is so confident in their product that they offer a no questions asked 100% money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the product, they give you back your money without hesitation.

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Mava Sports Men’s Base Layer Cycling Compression Shorts

These compression bike shorts reduce muscle vibrations and support your upper leg muscles during cycling. They are excellent base layer shorts to wear under cycling shorts while you are on your bike. These shorts decrease recovery time after training and reduce the risk of muscle injuries. They put 18-25 mm Hg graduated compression on your legs.

They are made of 80% nylon and 20% spandex. This material combination allows your skin to dry quickly and wick your sweat away. They keep your skin hygienic thanks to their antibacterial qualities. Available in two colour combinations: silver/black and golden/black.

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 Copper Compression Recovery Shorts

These bike compression shorts made it to the list thanks to their copper content. Copper has proven antibacterial qualities. It prevents bacterial and fungi, yeast growth, and has anti-door qualities. Copper compression guarantees that these bike compression shorts have the highest copper content out of any product on the market. 88% of the shorts are made of copper infused nylon. They are so confident in their product, that they offer to refund 100% of your money if you are not satisfied. You only need to look at the glowing reviews on Amazon to be convinced of the qualities of these bike compression shorts.


Even though cycling shorts and compression shorts have different qualities, there are some products you can wear under your bike shorts. These are the real bike compression shorts. By wearing them under your compression shorts you get all the benefits of graduated compression combined with the comfort of cycling shorts.