By Kelly R.
There was a post this summer asking why you love Zensah. I didn't have time this summer to post, but I wanted to write you a note now. This picture is of my son, Jackson. He is your normal, average, stinky 12 year old boy. He also would not be able to walk properly or participate in sports if it weren't for Zensah compression sleeves.
Jackson has a vascular anomaly in his right calf. You can see in both pictures he is wearing his Zensah compression sleeve. Jack has to wear a compression sleeve 24/7, 365 days a year. If he doesn't wear a sleeve, the blood pools in his calf, making it swell and cramp to the point that he is unable to walk. Because of his Zensah calf sleeves, he is currently playing select baseball and is running back on his middle school football team. (Yes, we are the unicorns!) We have tried many, many different brands of compression sleeves, but Zensah is by far our favorite!! Thank you Zensah-for having a compression sleeve that is strong enough to control cramping and pooling, but is soft and comfortable enough that Jackson can wear it everyday and every night! We love Zensah!!
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Many of us experience Plantar Facsiitis, heel and arch pain; especially during exercise. Here are some quick tips to help alleviate your pain and achieve your goals!
About the arch: The arch of your foot is comprised of the metatarsal and tarsal bones along with supporting tendon and ligaments. The posterior tibialis is responsible for maintaining a healthy, supportive arch during all activities & exercise .The posterior tibialis tendon is a muscle that originates behind your shinbone, runs inside your ankle, and attaches to many of the tarsal bones inside your arch. Your arch has to support the entire weight of your body hence it can affect other areas of the foot and even your legs and back. (Source)
Orthotics will ease the stress on your posterior tibialis tendon by supporting your arch and stabilizing the heel. These can be purchased over the counter as suggested by Runner’s World or customized by a certified podiatrist.
- Cold Therapy
Cold temperatures will alleviate arch discomfort by reducing the blood flow to that spot. Less blood flow corresponds to reduced inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. A great trick for your arch is to freeze a water bottle and roll it on your arch.
Zensah Arch Support Sleeves
The Zensah Arch Support is designed to help support weak and flat arches. It does so with targeted compression that helps to soothe heel, arch, and foot pain. The compression arch sleeve helps support and lift the arch by anchoring it to the dorsal (upper) area of the foot.
- Stretch and Strengthen Your Muscles
Strengthen your tibialis posterior so it can better support your arch and stretch your Achilles tendon to ease tension. Calf raises are a great way to strengthen the tibialis posterior while the wall stretch is a great way to stretch the Achilles tendon.
- Wear the Right Pair of Shoes
The right pair of shoes can make all the difference when it comes to foot and arch pain. Make sure your shoes are properly fitted and have adequate insole support. You can go into your local running store to make sure you have the right fit.
If after wearing compression and following these other tips, pain persists without relief, make sure to see a podiatrist for professional treatment!
Zensah Athletes Looking to Go to Rio Range from Long and High Jumpers to Hurdlers.
Zensah®, the premium athletic apparel brand, announced today that several athletes including Garrett Huyler, Norris Frederick, and Jarret Eaton will represent Zensah® at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR taking place from July 1-10.
“We are thrilled that Zensah® will have more athletes competing for a trip to Rio than ever before,” stated Ryan Oliver, Director of Marketing. “We are proud to be associated with our Olympic hopefuls.”
Some of the athletes competing for Zensah® and wearing Zensah® compression products include NCAA All- American Long Jumper Norris Frederick, High Jumper Garrett Huyler, and Hurdler Jarret Eaton.
Zensah® Compression Socks, Recovery Compression Tights, and other compression products, combined with hard work, played a pivotal role in helping these athletes prepare for the Olympic trials. Zensah’s unique compression technology helps athletes perform better and recover faster.
About Zensah: Zensah® is a Miami-based company specializing in sports compression apparel. Their products are used by Olympians, professionals, and amateurs alike. Zensah’s unique knitting technology combined with premium raw materials work together to create premium compression technology. Zensah® compression products can be found in specialty stores around the globe.
After a workout your muscles are taxed and hungry for muscle building nutrients. Putting the right foods in your body is vital for repairing damaged muscle and restocking your glycogen stores so you can be ready to work out the next day. Here are some clean and healthy foods we suggest eating after a workout to ensure a speedy recovery. Your muscles will thank you!
1. Eggs -
Eggs are one of the best complete protein sources out there and will help you repair damaged muscle after a workout. They also provide an excellent mix of B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12, and B6. Hard-boiled eggs make a convenient and portable snack.
2. Sweet Potatoes -
Just one serving of sweet potatoes has 450 mg of potassium. They also have carotenoids, which give the vegetable its orange color and aid in cell repair. At the same time the fiber in their skin keeps you feeling full. Sweet potatoes are starchy vegetables whose carbs will help restock your energy stores so you can get back at it the next day.
3, Greek Yogurt -
Greek yogurt has double the protein per serving of regular yogurt and is also a good source of carbohydrates. The mixture of whey and casein protein gives you both slow and fast digesting protein for optimal recovery.
4. Whole Grain Pasta -
Unlike white pasta, whole grain pasta contains all 3 components of the wheat seed: the endosperm, germ, and bran. This gives your body slow digesting carbohydrates, fiber, and some protein. Whole grain pasta is also a source ofalso has iron, which is vital for oxygen transportation.
5. Almonds -
Almonds are a great source of antioxidants and healthy Omega-6 fats. These will help raise your levels of healthy HDL cholesterol while lowering your levels of LDL cholesterol. Almonds also have riboflavin (B12) which is essential for producing oxygen-based energy during workouts.