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Stretch It!

You made a decision to regularly work out from now on? Congratulations! But before you start, you should know about a few exercises that will help you avoid some of the most common injuries caused by muscle overuse during walking, hiking, running, swimming or cycling. Do the following moves at the end of your warm-up or right after your workout.

To avoid tight calf and foot muscles when walking, face a wall, stretch out your arms and place your palms on the wall. Put one leg behind you and press the heel into the floor until you feel the stretch in the back of your leg. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times. Then repeat with your other leg.

Before you go hiking, balance on one foot, bend your knee and slowly lower your body a couple of inches with a straight back. Slowly straighten your knee and stand upright again, then rotate your upper body from the hip from left to right. Repeat 10 times and switch to the other leg. This will strengthen your ankle.

If you are a runner, you can avoid knee problems by pressing your back against a wall and slowly sliding down with feet flat on the floor until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, then return to an upright position. Repeat 5 times.

To avoid shoulder pains during and after swimming, you can do the following exercise: stand up with slightly bent knees, feet hip-width apart and lean forward from the waist with arms hanging down. Hold a weight (3 to 5 pounds) in each hand and slowly lift arms to the sides away from the body with your shoulder blades moving towards each other. Hold for a few seconds, then return to starting position. Repeat 10 times.

To counter lower back pain while cycling, get down on hands and knees and slowly extend and lift your right arm and left leg. Look towards the floor, keeping your body stable and your abs contracted. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 5 times. Then switch to the opposite side. When you take the time to perform some of these simple stretches, you'll keep up with your life in top form!

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Provides light compression, support and therapeutic heat retention to help relieve symptoms associated with minor sprains, strains and arthritis. Comfortable for all day wear.

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(8-15 MMGH) Light compression helps relieve mild symptoms from varicose veins, minor swelling and tired aching legs.

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Provides adjustable levels of compression, support and therapeutic heat retention to help relieve symptoms associated with strains, sprains, arthritis and muscle pain. Comfortable for all day wear or for specific activities.

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(15-20 MMHG) Moderate compression helps relieve mild to moderate symptoms of conditions needing support for minor varicose veins, swelling and tired, aching legs.

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Provides fitted and anatomically correct stabilizing support to help Relieve symptoms associated with strains, sprains, arthritis, repetitive stress injuries and to help prevent re-injury. Flexible stabilizers may be removable and customizable for comfort.

Compression Level:
(15-20 MMHG) Moderate compression helps relieve mild to moderate symptoms of conditions needing support for minor varicose veins, swelling and tired, aching legs.

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Provides a higher level of support using a combination of power stretch and non-stretch materials and may include shock absorbing materials to help relieve symptoms associated with strains, sprains, arthritis, repetitive stress injuries and to help prevent re-injury.

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(20-30 MMHG) Firm compression helps relieve moderate to severe symptoms from chronic, tired, aching legs, mild leg pain, moderate to several varicosities, moderate to severe varicosities during pregnancy, post vein surgery, post sclerotherapy, moderate tendency of edema, superficial thrombophlebitis, and helps prevent the reoccurrence of ulcerations. These products supply greater support for conditions listed above.

Support Level:
Provides a higher level of support using a combination of power Stretch and non-stretch materials and may include shock absorbing materials to help relieve symptoms associated with strains, sprains, arthritis, repetitive stress injuries and to help prevent re-injury.

Compression Level:
(20-30 MMHG) Firm compression helps relieve moderate to severe symptoms from chronic, tired, aching legs, mild leg pain, moderate to several varicosities, moderate to severe varicosities during pregnancy, post vein surgery, post sclerotherapy, moderate tendency of edema, superficial thrombophlebitis, and helps prevent the reoccurrence of ulcerations. These products supply greater support for conditions listed above.

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