Keep your skin protected!
How do you prevent chafing during exercise? Athletes must prepare for this as they get ready for a big race or big training day. I am usually very careful to avoid it but it is a problem that most athletes will encounter.
At the Bear Brook Trail Marathon one summer I realized that I had completely forgotten to pack any sort of Body Glide. How would I protect those more delicate areas that can be susceptible to chafing especially on a hot and humid day. Not good! The longer the race the worse the chafing can be. When I finished running the Trail Marathon (actually 29+ miles in 6:07) I discovered that I had awful chafing under the band of my sports bra and in a place that was literally totally “the pits,” my armpits. I winced just thinking about taking a shower. This got me thinking about the solutions for preventing this issue.
Tips for preventing chafing Before & During exercise :
- Use Body Glide. You can pick it up at any running store or race expo. It comes in an easy roll-on and glides on to prevent unnecessary rubbing in areas such as under your sports bra, in your armpits, or in more unmentionable places.
- Vaseline is a cheaper alternative than Body Glide and can be found in any drugstore. During a marathon you may even see race volunteers offering vaseline to runners on the go which can save you if you are running into trouble during a race.
- Aquaphor Healing Ointment is something that I first discovered after I used it on my kids for rashes and Eczema. Aquaphor like vaseline can be “greasy” but it does the job. Aquaphor has saved me from during marathons as well as from wetsuit chafing during triathlons.
- Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is a great preventative for babies and athletes alike! It keeps your skin protected during exercise but also has a nice smell. This saved my husband from chafing during the rainiest Vermont 50 Mountain bike ride.
How to take care of chafing after a race or long training day:
- Apply Aquaphor to the “raw” areas prior to entering the shower or before getting dressed to protect your skin (If you don’t you may yelp upon entering the shower)
- Use antibiotic cream as needed and keep these areas clean.
- Try to avoid wearing tight clothing or clothes that will re-aggravate the areas that are sore.
What are your methods for preventing chafing during long runs or runs in hot and humid weather. How do you take care of your skin if you discover chafing after a race?
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