12 Ways to Take It Outside

August 15, 2018

12 Ways to Take It Outside

Living an active lifestyle doesn’t have to involve hours at the gym or hiring a personal trainer. It’s as simple as making every day choices that benefit your health! Getting outside is an easy, affordable and effective way to boost your activity level and soak up some Vitamin D.

Studies have shown that Americans are staying inside at alarming rates. Some research indicates that we spend less than 5% of our lives outdoors, which coincides with lower levels of activity and a trend toward sedentary lifestyles.

Whether you work an office job, are a stay-at-home mom, or travel frequently – there are plenty of ways to get outside as the weather cools off this fall. All you have to do is step out the door!

  1. Take a walk-and-talk. Have a meeting that doesn’t require visuals? Make it a walking meeting. You’ll get all the benefits of a short power walk, without missing a beat in the office.
  2. Eat lunch outside. When it’s time to take a lunch break, we have some advice for you: actually take one! It doesn’t take long to scarf down a nutritious meal, so why not spend that time out in the sunshine?
  3. Walk or bike to work. Summer and fall are ideal times to practice sustainable commuting. With warmer weather and longer days, biking or walking to work are much more appealing. If you live close enough to your job, give it a try this week!
  4. Exercise in the great outdoors. Are you a gym rat for most of the year? Mix it up this month and take your workouts outside.  
  5. Find a friend. Skip the happy hour and schedule time to catch up with friends outside! You can meet for a picnic in a park or burn some calories power walking through your neighborhood. If you have a bit of time, try a local hike or walk along urban trails.
  6. Sign up for an outdoor workout. Many cities have yoga, HIIT and other classes in local parks during the summer months. Pick one that suites your style and enjoy the time in the fresh air.
  7. Shop at the farmer’s market. Support local agriculture while shopping in the open air. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the freshest, juiciest produce of the harvest season. It’s a win, win!
  8. Dust off your rollerblades. What was once a childhood pastime remains a stellar form of exercise. Rediscover the thrill of cruising down the sidewalk and invite a few friends to join in the fun.
  9. Host a BBQ. Rather than going out to eat, pull out the grill and enjoy a dinner in the yard.
  10. Take a hike. For an affordable weekend activity, find a local hiking trail. This isn’t an activity limited to the uber-adventurous – just about anyone can enjoy walking in nature.
  11. Work outside. Do you have any work that doesn’t require internet? Spend a couple of hours tackling brainstorming, editing or that reading you’ve been putting off outside. The change of scenery may inspire new ideas and provide a refreshing approach to your work.
  12. Read a book. Skip turning on the TV tonight – instead, grab a book and read in the yard, a park or a patio. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day, while taking advantage of the last of the warm summer evenings.

Getting outside this season is easier than you think! There are many, many more ways to spend time outdoors – regardless of your location, ability and resources. Do you have a favorite that’s not on our list? Share with us in the comments!





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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

Size Chart - VIM & VIGR Fashionable Compression Legwear

Sleeves & Tights

 

Fabric Collections:

NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 82% Nylon/18% Spandex

MOISTURE-WICK NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 75% Moisture-wick polyester/13% Nylon/12% Spandex

COTTON

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex

MERINO WOOL

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.