Wild About It: Tiux Compression Socks

Wild About it Wednesday(1)With a tight calf and first triathlon of the season the next day, Saturday’s run was the perfect opportunity for me to give my new Tiux performance compression socks to test run – literally.

photo(14)Tiux are a new start-up that design and sell athletic compression socks exclusively online. They cut out all the middle processes which can jack up the prices, thus giving the end user a cheaper bottom line, only $35 per pair.

Compression socks are known for stabilizing muscles and joints, as well as increasing blood (oxygen) flow which helps improve performance and recovery. Tiux highlight some of the benefits here.

The fit was great and my calves felt awesome! Tiux use a graduated compression technology which has a higher compression at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the calf. I typically wear compression calf sleeves so was worried about the feet and not having the benefit of my own socks, but the foot of these socks was very comfy and no blisters were had (yeah!). The only real concern is the lack of style and colour. Tiux only offer three colour combinations, with pink (the ones I have) as the most popular option. This Tiux promote as a cost saving perk, sharing that with limited inventory they reduce costs by never overstocking inventory and instead, focus on quality and providing the best value for their customers.

What I also love is their social good. Tiux have partnered with MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and will donate 1% of their revenue to help save lives and protect communities from landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other weapons remaining after conflict.

For more information on Tiux and to order your pair, check out there website at http://tiux.refr.cc/MLKRKP3

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Strength Training for Runners

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Adding strength training to your running program is a great way to build speed and stay injury free.

Check out these four moves with “bump up” modifications I shared this morning on CHCH Morning Live this morning. No equipment required!

http://www.chch.com/strength-training-with-heather-gardner/

Back at Bike for Tykes

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This Thursday I am very excited to be reconnecting with the team from Bike for Tykes to get my sweat on for some awesome social good.

Bike for Tykes is a volunteer organizing committee that partners with children’s charities in the Greater Toronto Area to host a one day spinning relay that raises funds to support programs that improve the lives of children.

Since 2012, Bike for Tykes has supported the Cancer Neighbourhood of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SicKids. Despite enormous advances in the past 20 years, cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death in children. SickKids is the largest childhood cancer treatment centre in Canada and a major contributor to international pediatric clinical trials.

What I love about attending and participating in this event, beyond the half day of spinning, is the connection to the community and families who receive support at SickKids. Families are not only present spinning on stage, but are around the space sharing their personal stories and connecting with the cyclists. You get to hear the first hand impact of the funds raised and see how lives are changed.

If you have some spare change please consider donating it here and help improve the lives of children in need.