Play Hard, Recover Harder: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Recovery Time

August 29, 2016

Play Hard, Recover Harder: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Recovery Time

When it comes to doing good for your body, mind and soul, physical exercise is at the top of the list. Getting your blood flowing and your heart pumping on the daily, even for just 10 minutes, results in healthier hair and skin, a stronger immune system, improved mental sharpness and increased energy; need we say more? With everything, though, consistency is key, so knowing how to care for your body post workouts is essential. Whether you lift weights or children, run marathons or speed walk through the office, here are five easy things you can do to for a faster, more enjoyable muscle recovery.

  1. Rehydrate: One of the most important things you can do for your body immediately following a workout is replacing the liquids that were lost. In other words, drink lots of water. Find out how much water you should be drinking before, during and after a workout here.
  2. Refuel: On top of rehydration, having a recovery meal (or drink) with protein and carbohydrates between 30 minutes to an hour after your workout will help build and repair broken down muscles and support a healthy metabolism. Shape Magazine shares some simple and delicious options here.
  3. Stretch: Loosen up tired, tense muscles with a cool-down stretch that increases blood flow to the muscles and release some of that stress that’s been placed on your body, joints and muscles. It’ll be a love-hate relationship, but we suggest implementing some foam rolling into your regimen to further massage your muscles and release built up tension.
  4. Compress: Whether you’re headed to the office, out to run errands or back home to relax after your workout, you can continue your recovery efforts simply by slipping on a pair of compression socks! These socks work to increase the circulation of freshly oxygenated blood back into your legs, which reduces muscle soreness and expedites overall recovery so you can be back at it tomorrow.
  5. Sleep: Last but definitely not least, getting quality sleep is crucial to your recovery process. It’s during these sweet hours of slumber that your muscles do a majority of their healing – skipping out on rest time actually decreases your body’s ability to properly recover. 6-8 hours, doctor’s orders! 
The care you put into your body’s recovery is just as important as the workout itself. If you’re going to play hard, you have to recover even harder! If you have any recovery tips or tricks, share with us in a comment below!

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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.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart




Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 91% Nylon/9% Spandex


  • 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: 83% Moisture-wick Nylon/17% Nylon


  • 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


  • 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.