Female Jogger on Coleman Avunue in Morro Bay, CA 5-2-07 - Photo by Mike Baird http://bairdphotos.com Canon 20D 100-400mm IS lens handheld from an outrigger canoe.

HOW TO AVOID SKIN CHAFING DURING YOUR WORKOUT

Chafing is a serious issue, as anyone who has ever run a marathon will tell you. If you do any sport that involves repetitive motion, you’re likely to have experienced the pain that is chafing at least once. Chafing is usually the result of consistent friction between your skin and clothing, though it does also happen skin-to-skin. Men and women have different problem areas, due to the different clothing we wear – but the overall issue is the same whether you’re male or female.

These are the main areas where chafing can occur, and what you can do about it:

Nipples
We’ve all seen people crossing the finish line with those two tell-tale blood stains on their vests. Drinks stations around the course often have huge pots of vaseline available for anyone who’s having a bit of a problem.
A quick jog around the block won’t cause a problem, but miles of running can cause nipples to rub badly against a sweat-drenched top. This causes at best an uncomfortable sting; at worst, bleeding.
How to prevent it:
We love Sore No More for anti chafing of any kind, but it can work really well on nipples. If you’ve none to hand but you’re about to run a race, plasters over the nipples can work well – though be warned, removal won’t be much fun! Also avoid wearing a cotton running top; these stay wet when you sweat into them, and that’s one of the main problems with nipple chafing.

Thighs
Even if you’re wearing the most comfortable pair of shorts, you never know if the seam is going to cause you untold agony half way through a race. Unfortunately there’s no way of knowing whether a pair of shorts will cause chafing until they actually do.
How to prevent it:
Again, Sore No More can help – but also look at your shorts. It could be that if you change your apparel, the problem will disappear. If your thighs are rubbing together, try buying a tighter, longer pair of shorts and that should help. As with shirts, avoid cotton shirts as wet material is a killer when it comes to chafing.

Armpits
A shirt rubbing against your skin or worse, on armpit stubble, can cause terrible chafing. In running our armpits experience constant friction, but swimmers often get chafing in this area too.
How to prevent it:
A lubricant will help, and many people swear by applying it to the shirt as well as their skin. Armpit stubble can make a situation ten times worse, so either shave right before you run, or take a deep breath and let your hair grow a little.

Sports Bra
There are so many places on a sports bra that can rub and chafe. Even if you have a seam free one, the chances are it’ll still find somewhere to rub against your skin! The most common places are on the shoulder straps or on the band along the bottom of the bra.
How to prevent it:
It sounds silly, but experiment with turning your sports bra inside out. This way, the seams will be on the outside and less likely to rub. Actually, a lot of manufacturers have caught on to this and now design their bras with the seams on the outside. Also rub Sore No More liberally around all problem areas before exercising.

Heart Rate Monitor
We all love to wear a heart rate monitor while we exercise these days, but the straps are often the cause of some shocking chafing injuries.
How to prevent it:
The simple answer is to leave your heart rate monitor at home! If you really feel you need it though, use a lot of Sore No More under the strap – or invest in one that can monitor your heart rate from your wrist instead.

Chafing is something we all come across when exercising. Most of us only come across it once, before we search the internet for an article like this to avoid having it happen again! With the right precautions you can avoid the worst of chafing and finish your race or event with a smile.

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