When your skin is irritated by repetitive friction it is referred to as chafing, and it hurts like crazy. Runners are naturally vulnerable to chafing since they are performing repetitive motions and skin can rub against skin or clothing throughout the run. Let’s not be shy, some common areas for chafing are collar bones where v-necks or bra straps contact the skin, on the inside of the thigh, and for men, nipples from shirts. The key is to be prepared to prevent chafing before it happens, because it is much less painful to prevent than to cure. Save yourself the pain and misery of chafing with these tips.
The Secret to Preventing Chafing
Chafing can be prevented very easily by wearing the proper teach wear. It is really that simple, and it makes sense.
A good pair of running spandex or shorts (or 2-in-1 shorts to get the best of both worlds) is designed to be breathable and wick the moisture away from your skin, helping to prevent chafing. Regular clothes or bras won’t wick the moisture away and you’ll pay dearly for it during and after your workout. Also make sure your apparel fits well, as spandex that is too loose won’t prevent you from chafing.
Other ways to prevent chafing include using products such as Body Glide, Run Guard, and Sport Shield. These products are waterproof and come in deodorant style packages to be applied to your skin in areas that are prone to chafing. Using these products with good running tech wear should do the trick to prevent chafing every time you run and exercise.