You’ve made a commitment to getting regular exercise and that’s good news for your overall health, as well as your weight-loss goals.
Whether you’re launching a new workout program or already making exercise a part of your daily routine, you know that taking the time to warm up, and to gradually increase your workout time and intensity will help reduce your risk of getting injured. But you may not have considered other workout issues, like chafing, that can make exercise downright painful!
Chafing occurs when your skin rubs repeatedly against something else—like fabric, a seam, or nearby skin—and becomes irritated in the process. Minor chafing may cause reddened, tender skin. In the worst cases, your skin may bleed or swell. Sometimes you’ll notice chafing while you’re exercising. At other times, however, you may not even feel damage until you step in the shower and realize you’ve rubbed your skin raw.
Where you may chafe will depend on your body, what you wear and the type of activity you do. Common chafing spots include: the inner thighs; under the arms; around the bands of sports bras, or workout tights or shorts; and the ankles.