#SSSVEDA : What’s Your Favourite Number?

Another day of VEDA means another video! This time my niece and nephew Emma and Andrew joined in to share what their favourite numbers are too!

Do you have a favourite number?  If so what is it!?

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Tommie Copper Review

Happy SUNNY Monday!! And if you live here in Nova Scotia like me, you’ll know that the all caps SUNNY is most certainly required. I feel like we haven’t had a proper week with sun in like forever, so I’m hoping this is the week!

Back in mid-March I received a few pieces of Tommie Copper clothing as part of a campaign with Fitfluential LLC.  If you’re not familiar with their line (I wasn’t until this campaign came up), here is a quote from their website:

Tommie Copper was founded in 2011 as a natural solution to increasing muscle & joint performance, pain relief and recovery. In doing so, Tommie Copper created the category of copper-infused apparel; apparel that actually helps you feel better and live positively. Tommie Copper offers compression and active apparel that offer increased performance, recovery and pain relief during sports, work and everyday activities.

Activated copper is at the core of every TC garment. By a proprietary process, it is permanently and densely infused into all performance yarns, releasing ions that provide anti-microbial protection, skin benefits and help you feel better.

As you can imagine, I was excited to try the products not only for recovery, but in hopes that they would provide some additional relief from my joint muscle pain caused by fibromyalgia.

The pieces I received were the women’s long sleeve compression shirt  and the full length legging (in bright pink!!).

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I’m always a little hesitant about choosing clothing sizes online from a line I’ve never tried before, but I went with my regular size in both the top and the leggings and they both fit perfectly. They are of course compression garments so they fit snugly but not overly so. You can certainly feel the fabric hugging your body/muscles and if I had gone up a size from my usual I’m not sure that I would have had the desired compression fit.

The reason I chose the long sleeved shirt when I picked out my items for review is because as I’ve wrote about in other posts, I have a lot of arm and shoulder pain thanks to my fibromyalgia. My shoulder and arms bother me more than any other part of my body, so I was anxious to see if the shirt would make any difference. The first day I wore it was on a Saturday after teaching Zumba Toning (in case you don’t know about Zumba Toning, or specifically my Zumba Toning classes, they are arm and shoulder and upper back killers!), and that night (night is when my arms and shoulder bother me the most) was the first night in months that my shoulder didn’t hurt or keep me up! I didn’t actually realize until Sunday afternoon that I had worn the shirt the previous day. I didn’t want to say anything in case it was a fluke – I wanted to do more testing! But the problem is, the only time I get to go all day in the same clothes is on the weekends so I had to wait for the next weekend to try it again – and again, another shoulder pain free night! Obviously I can’t tell you 100% that the shirt is what caused me to be pain free, but it seems like a pretty big coincidence, that after at least 4 months of shoulder pain every night, the few times I’ve worn my Tommie Copper shirt during the day are the few nights I’ve gone pain free.

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As for my pinkalicious leggings, I’ve worn them a few times and have found them to be comfortable for everything from Zumba to yoga. The picture above was taken one Thursday night after I had taught 1 hour of Aqua Fitness, a 1hr Zumba + Toning mix class, 1 hr of Zumba & 45 minutes of yoga.  Now I didn’t wear the leggings for all of those classes (I do change my clothes between classes people!) but Zumba & Yoga were back to back classes, at the end of a very long day and while I was certainly tired, my legs didn’t ache (which they often do at the end of Thursday), which in itself is a battle won.  They are super comfy and the waistband doesn’t dig in (like some do).  My only criticism is I wish the inseam were a tinge longer (yes tinge is a technical term), but that’s just me with my long old legs being nit picky.

I have another pair of hot pink tights from a different company that I have to wear exclusively as tights (like with a skirt kind of tights) because even though they were advertised as athletic tights the rear region is 150% see through.  That is not the case here, and while one needs to be a bit mindful of what colour underwear they are wearing in hot pink leggings, you can tell from my picture above that you can’t see my underwear (and yes, I was wearing some!).

They have a great range of products including knee and elbow sleeves, calf sleeves and compression knee socks ( <– I’m thinking about getting a pair to see how they compare to my pro-compression socks.  I’m interested to see if the activated copper makes a difference there too!).  The links I’ve provided are all for the women’s line but they do have a full selection for men as well.

I’ll say again that I can’t be completely sure that it was the shirt that has led me to this few pain free nights, I gotta say it seems like a pretty big coincidence if it wasn’t! If you are suffering from muscle and joint pain I would certainly urge you to give the Tommie Copper line a try, they have a 60 day money back guarantee so if you find that the products don’t work for you, you can return them!

Disclosure: I was provided with the items mentioned in this blog post free of charge from Tommie Copper as part of a campaign through Fitfluential LLC in exchange for my honest review, and that is what this is.  All thoughts, opinions and experiences are 100% my own.  They are not for sale.

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