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Compression Benefits & Why You Need it, Runner or Not!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU compression tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find & write race reviews!

Whether or not you should use compression is a hot topic. You will find people who swear by compression socks and others who think compression gear is silly. Makes sense because different things work for different people right? When I started running, I had no idea what compression was, so I didn’t use it. It wasn’t until I had an unhappy thigh muscle that I was introduced to compression leggings by my sports doctor. As you will see, there are lots of compression benefits whether you are a runner or not. IMG_8803

The best compression tights

There are several ‘big’ compression brands that make all different kinds of compression gear. Hands down, 2XU makes the best compression leggings. They extremely comfortable and work very well; they feel like a second skin. Whether you wear them to exercise in or for recovery, they are very functional. My muscles are so happy after they get some time in 2XU compression tights.  

In my first pair of compression tights

When my sports doctor recommended them to me, he told me to get a pair of 2XU compression tights. They helped me recover from my unhappy muscle and get back to running. Those were the regular compression tights and they worked wonderfully. These elite MCS compression tights are another level of comfort and technology. I love these even more than my first pair. See below for what makes the MCS tights super awesome.IMG_8802

How do I use them?

I do run in compression tights from time to time; however I mainly use them for recovery. For example, once I get home from a long run or a big race, I put on my compression tights for the rest of the day or the day following the race. Post-leg day, I like to wear compression tights to help combat the muscle soreness. FullSizeRender-2
If I am up for a run and my muscles are super sore, I will run in my compression tights and my muscles feel great. I also like to run in them when it is cold. Sine the blood flow to my muscles is increased, my legs stay warmer in the cold. compression benefits

What are the compression benefits for everyone?

After any kind of exercise, we all suffer from muscle soreness to some extent. When you muscles get strained, the micro-tears cause soreness and when the muscles repair they get stronger. By using compression gear, the blood flow to your muscles increases meaning that those tears recover faster and your soreness goes away much quicker. This also means that you can bounce back faster and kick more butt in your workouts because you recover quicker. Whether you are a runner, a cross fitter, a walker, a weight lifter or you love Zumba, compression tights will help with your recovery. IMG_7675

If you do not exercise, compression is still helpful because again, it increases blood flow to your muscles. What that means for the non-exerciser is that it can help reduce swelling. If you have swelling/fluid retention in your feet or ankles, compression socks may help. (Be sure to check with your doctor first) It also helps with circulation and for people with certain medical conditions compression can be helpful.
I like to wear compression socks or tights on airplane flights as it helps with the circulation while I am sitting for long periods of time. 

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on the airplane

Why the Elite MCS Tights are worth the investment

The new MCS tights from 2XU are the BEST. The technology is out of this world. MCS stands for muscle containment stamping. This creates a targeted compression as there is a support system traced over each key muscle group on the inside of the tights. Not only is this muscle mapping extremely effective, the felt on the inside of the tights that creates the mapping is very comfortable. The tights smooth lines so there is no uncomfortable chaffing or rubbing. This makes the tights feel like an extension of your body, you almost forget you are wearing them.compression benefits

The MCS tights also make you look like a bad a**. I don’t know if it is the black and gold that catches peoples attention or small muscle mapping details on the outside of tights, but people looked at me differently when I wore these around or trained in them. Seriously. I do not say this to toot my own horn, it’s the tights!
I have gotten lots of compliments and questions on them.  These tights make you look like you mean business. Not only are they effective and will help you become a better athlete, they also up your level of bad-assery which is a major plus in my book. πŸ˜€ FullSizeRender-1

Don’t just take my word for it 

If you aren’t already convinced that you need a pair of compression tights or of compression benefits, check out some of my fellow BibRave Pros reviews –>

Angie // Jeremy // Katherine // Kim // Laura B // Heather


Tell me: Do you use compression tights or socks? What questions do you have about compression benefits?

XOXO 
Stay Sweaty!!
Sarah

My 5 Favorite Ways to Wear Full UV BUFF

Disclaimer: I received a Full UV Buff as part of being a BibRave Pro.  All opinions are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

If you have never heard of BUFF, they are a company that makes tubular headwear for all different kinds of uses. You may remember that I recently had a ton of fun with the UV Half Buff. This time around I am showing you my 5 favorite ways to wear it’s bigger brother, the full UV Buff. 

Since getting to test these products with BibRave, I have seen for myself that BUFF products really are the best accessory for any outdoor activity, especially running. The UV half is half the size of the full Buff (hence the name) and was really useful in the heat. The full buff also came in handy in the heat and I will be able to use it into the cooler months as well.  The amount of ways to use the Buff is pretty amazing…more on that later. 

About the Full BUFF

The UV Full Buff is designed to protect your head, neck and face from the elements so that you can spend more time outside. It is quick dry, which I loved, and also odor resistant. While it is tubular (one piece), it is totally seamless, so there is no rubbing or discomfort. It also comes with 95% UV protection and be worn all different ways which makes it a super versatile and personalized accessory. 

Get 10% off a BUFF!

First, if you are interested in buying a BUFF for yourself, which I highly recommend you do, you the discount code BIBRAVE10 for 10% off your whole order! They have Full and Half Buffs with UV protection like the ones I have, and others that are made out of wool which are perfect for hiking or winter sports. They come in almost any color or pattern that you can imagine. The code is valid until September 30th so don’t waste time! 

My Favorite Ways to Use the UV Full BUFF

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  2. Pony-Tail Holder
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  3. Headband
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  4. Neck/Face Warmer 
    #Instacollage
     I know this will be my go to style in the cooler weather πŸ™‚
  5. Wrist wrap 

    Obviously that was my most favorite way to wear the full Buff on my runs. πŸ˜€ I found that running I liked to use it more to wipe sweat off than I did around my head. Sometimes it also ended up like a sweat towel…IMG_6260
    see it hanging from my running belt and over my shoulder?IMG_6597

     I don’t dislike the feeling of it around my head, I just preferred to use it on my wrist. I also used it as a handkerchief at times (TMI maybe) so having it on my wrist or in my hand was helpful.  

How To Video

Want to see ALL 14 different ways you can wear the original (full) BUFF?! Watch this video below, it’s impressive. 

I LOVE my BUFFs and am going to buy a mint green one for me and I also want to get one to surprise Andy with for snowboarding season.  Be sure to use the code BIBRAVE10 if you purchase before September 30th.

You can also join me and all the other BibRavers on #bibchat on Tuesday nights at 6pm PST. We talk about all aspects of running, you will meet new people & there are prizes. πŸ™‚

Let’s Chat:
How would you wear the Buff???

XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

 

How to Take Your Workout Music to a Whole New Level

Go wireless!!!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!IMG_5356

Let me start off by saying that testing and playing with these headphones was SO much fun! I am married to the gadget king and I finally was able to one up him in the world of fitness tech! He is so eager to get his own pair of BackBeats! They are the best headphones that I have ever run with. Not only are they super easy to use, but not being tied down to your phone or device with wires takes running (and almost any activity) to a whole new level. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit combine hands free controls and wireless headphone technology for a whole new listening & running experience. You can keep your phone in your pocket or in your belt on your run and control volume, skip a song, pause music and even answer the phone or use Siri without ever touching your phone. 

I had seen wireless headphones before, and always thought they were cool, but never felt like I really needed a pair. I was wrong. I’m disappointed I did’t invest in some earlier! If you are going to buy a pair of wireless headphones, make sure you buy the right ones because they are not all created equal. 

The BackBeat Fit cover ALL the bases. You can use them for casual listening AND working out. I will cover more details through out the post, but they really are the best wireless headphones, especially if you plan to use them for any sort of exercise. They have a flexible design that fits comfortably and stays put for all levels of exercise. It is also adjustable for all different ear shapes and head sizes. You can use BackBeat Fit at the gym OR for outdoor training – day or night. “The safety-oriented eartip design lets you hear some of your surroundings and the reflective finish helps you be seen at night.” How cool is that? IMG_5454I used these headphones primarily on runs. (and it is true that you can hear your music really clearly yet also hear enough to be aware of your surroundings)IMG_5942

For casual listening.IMG_6071

To stay in my own world at coffee shops or in public places. IMG_6053

And even on a FaceTime convo! IMG_5953It was awesome not having to worry about being tied down to my device. At home, I could walk away from my iPad, iPhone and even my computer but still hear  what I was listening to.  On runs I didn’t have to worry about catching my arm on the headphone cord or deal with it waving in the wind. It also makes for way cooler running pics (no cord photo bombs!) πŸ˜€ 

no wires!!
no wires!!

The BackBeat Fit have an 8 hour battery, so depending on how much you use them, they don’t have to be charged every single day. The headphones talk to you when you turn them on (it’s really cool) and they let you know what the battery level is at that time. If the battery level starts to get critically low while you are using them, they will tell you that too. When you plug them in to charge, there is a light on the earbud that lets your know when they have reached full charge. IMG_5357

In case these headphones weren’t already cool enough, they are also waterproof and sweat proof! This is excellent news for people who live in Seattle (like me haha) and for people who sweat a lot (also me on hot runs). They also come with a case to store the headphones that then turns into an armband that you can use on your runs! My iPhone 6 fits in the armband, if you had a larger phone it would not fit, but you could use it to hold your keys or other running essentials. 

Oh and last thing, they also have an app! If you loose/misplace your headphones, you can use the app to locate them. Plantronics has seriously thought of everything with these headphones! 

Like I said, I used these headphones primarily for running and they were a DREAM! I really believe that my faster pace is partially due to using these headphones allowing me to focus more on running and not having to fumble around with my phone as much. While I used them running, you could easily use these for gym workouts too. Imagine leaving your phone in one place while you lift and still being able to listen to music! Or not having to deal with getting your arms tangled in a cord?! If you want to take your workouts and your music to a whole new level, get some wireless BackBeat Fit headphones! IMG_5369

If you want to try to win a pair of these headphones, join me and the other BibRavePros on #bibchat TONIGHT (9/1) at 6pm PST on Twitter. Search the hashtag #bibchat and you will find us! Plantronics and BibRave will be giving a pair of headphones to one lucky winner who participates in the the chat. 

Let’s Chat:
Have you tried wireless headphones?
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you workout? 

XOXO
Stay Sweaty!!
I’ll see you all tomorrow for workout Wednesday!
Sarah


See what other pros thought of the BackBeat Fit:

Chadd // Jessica // Jenny // Josh // Heather 

My First Bulu Box! [+ a special offer]

Have you ever tried a subscription/discovery box? There are some for dog lovers, ones that feature cosmetic items, one for the world traveler and even one specifically for men. None of them really interested me until Bulu Box came along. Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Sounds like my kinda thing! If you are interested in trying, get a 50% off discount code at the bottom of the post!

How does Bulu Box work?

Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. If you fill out a survey and share what you think about the samples in your box, you get rewards points that you can use towards a purchase of a full sized product.  Every sample in Bulu Box is available in full-size in the Bulu Box shop online. 

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What was in my box? 

     
bulu box SBFLFirst of all, how cute is this packaging?! There were 6 samples in the box I received plus a ‘lifestyle bonus’ which was a $100 wine voucher. One of the 6 samples, the multi-vitamin gummies, was full size.  The rest of the samples were anywhere from 1-2 servings and it was enough to decide whether you liked it or not.IMG_6084
The box comes with this card that lists what each product is and how much it is to buy the full sized product. As you can see, the full size bottle of gummies is normally $16.99, so it is totally worth the cost of the box! They were delicious vitamin gummies too, I mean who doesn’t love gummies!?

bulu box SBFLI took my BPI Sports FunnBar sample to the baseball game with me πŸ™‚ 

What did I think?

This was my first time receiving a subscription box of any kind, and I loved it!! I was always concerned that they would be products I didn’t like OR end up just filling my drawers with things I only used once. Bulu Box was NOT like that. It was full of products that I was interested in trying and because it is snacks and health supplements, the products don’t pile up because you are using them.
I enjoyed Bulu Box so much that I am going to subscribe because it’s a great way to try products with no strings attached!     
bulu box SBFLSuch a great mail delivery day! 

You want to try Bulu Box?

You have got lots of options. You can subscribe on a month to month basis OR you can choose a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. The awesome peeps over at Bulu have an amazing deal right now: choose a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription and use the code SWEATPINK to get 50% off!!! (That’s like getting each box for about $5!) 

It’s an amazing opportunity to sample products with practically no risk. When you sign up for Bulu Box, you fill out a profile so each box is customized to you! 


As part of the Sweat Pink community I was given the opportunity to review Bulu Box. In exchange for my review I received a complimentary Bulu Box. As always, the opinions are my own. 

Let’s chat:
Have you ever tried a subscription box? What did you think?
Are you gonna join me in trying Bulu Box?

XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah