Which socks for Fitness

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Low, high, thin, thick, cotton or synthetic, it is not always easy to find your way in the sock shelves! What are their functions? Which socks to choose for which sport? Discover more about socks!

The functions of the sock

During the practice of a sport, the main function of the sock is to allow an adaptation of the foot to the shoe. It serves as a sort of shock absorber and protection to limit friction between the foot and the shoe that can cause blisters. Also, the sock allows the evacuation of perspiration, thus avoiding "maceration" and the easy development of fungus for example. And in cold weather, the sock keeps the foot warm!

How to choose your sports socks

When we practice a sport, most of the time, we put everything on the shoes, and forget the socks. Indeed, it seems normal to pay more than 100$ for a good running shoe for example, but not more than 5$ for a pack of 3 pairs of sports socks. And yet, they are just as important.

Factors to consider

We often ignore it, but to make the right choice, it is not enough to look at what color we like. There are many factors to consider:

* The comfort of sports socks

In addition to keeping your foot in place and allowing you to be comfortable, the socks prevent friction, and therefore the formation of blisters and other irritations. So choose seamless models and never too big. Opt for an optimal support and therefore a shape that completely fits your foot.

* Thermal regulation

First and foremost, your socks must ensure proper evacuation of perspiration. Indeed, during exercise, your foot heats up and therefore regulates your temperature by evacuating perspiration. A material that stores perspiration and keeps your foot wet can be harmful to your health. Therefore, your socks must keep your foot warm in winter and cool in summer, while keeping it dry.

* The price of your socks

Even if it seems excessive for most of us, it is better to prioritize quality and invest the necessary price in a quality pair. Your physical effort will only be improved. So accept to spend a budget of about 15€$ for the one of your choice.

* The size

Unlike sneakers that you have to choose one size up to practice a sport, socks follow the opposite rule. Indeed, choose one size smaller than yours. For example, if you wear size 39, choose a pack size 35-37 and not 38-40. Contrary to what you might think, these will stretch, and therefore can roll and form annoying folds.

* The material

As you know, it is preferable to buy seamless models, but also to avoid cotton and nylon as much as possible. Think of the more technical materials available, such as polyamide-elastane. Even so, natural materials are not to be neglected completely, or for all activities. Also, merino wool remains the best ally of the sportsman, but unfortunately represents a more important cost.

Now that you know the different characteristics of your sports socks. Adapt your choice according to the activity you want to practice. Some can be used in several activities, others are more specific. The key is to use and maintain them well, but also to change them regularly.

 

 

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Fitness socks

In the case of fitness, the most appropriate sports socks are low and quite thin. The ideal is to choose socks made of cotton and also with loops.

You will need comfort to do your different exercises and pull-ups. In this case, your sock must be adapted to allow you to perform all the necessary stretches without discomfort.

 Fitness does not necessarily require the wearing of shoes. This sport can be practiced in socks. For this, it is recommended to opt for socks with non-slip studs. These types of socks will prevent you from slipping during your training sessions.

And after the effort?

Some socks promote recovery. They act according to the same principle as support stockings by promoting venous return (blood circulation from the foot to the upper leg) through adapted compression points.

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