Well... we've finally reached the end of our series on running. Hopefully, we answered some of the common questions or at least offered something entertaining to read.
Now that you have been out running you may have experienced dreadful chafing! So... how do you prevent chafing?
Stay dry! We skin can actually make chafing worse. Try lubricating the worst spots such as the inner thighs, around sports bras, and, ouch, nipples! My personal favorite lubricant is BodyGlide. It comes in a sold form (kind of like deodorant) or it also comes in a lotion form.
Also, stay away from cotton! It absorbs all your sweat and makes for horrible chafing. Make sure your clothes fit properly. Too tight or too loose can rub you the wrong way. Compression shorts are amazing for saving your inner thighs. And, yes, you saw correctly--nipples. Protect those by getting NipGuards or good old-fashioned Band-Aids work well also.
Treating chafed skin is simple. Make sure you shower as soon as you are done with your run. You will regret rubbing it with a towel--OUCH!--so make sure you just pat the are gently until dry. Then you can sooth it by applying ointments. Good ones to use are Desitin or A+D zinc oxide. Occasionally, I have put on cold aloe vera. It just feels good to me.
Prevention, of course, is the best medicine, so please take precautions so you don't' have to deal with the pain of chafing and can just enjoy running.
Run free my friends!
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