Many people who work out are often concerned with finding cute workout attire. For some people, their primary concern is being able to continue working out comfortably if they have problem areas that cause irritation or other concerns. There are several tactics to make your next workout irritation-free.
Consider Compression Garments
Loose skin can easily interfere with your workout because it can cause irritation or in extreme cases, the weight of extra skin can cause pain. If your primary concern is your abdomen and/or legs, try wearing leggings designed to offer compression. Generally, just wearing tighter leggings is not enough because they conform too much to your body. Compression leggings are designed to have stretch, but continue to retain some structure. You will probably want high-waisted designs so they can hold your abdomen in without rolling down. The extra compression is especially useful for exercises that involve quick movements, such as running or high-intensity aerobics where loose skin will move around more.
If you have larger thighs, even muscular ones, your inner-thighs might rub together causing redness and swelling. For many people with this concern, they might resort to only wearing pants during workouts. There are ways you can continue to wear shorts and avoid irritation or at least make it less problematic. Some products on the market are anti-chaffing balms or creams. You apply a layer to the point of friction and it helps keep the area smoother, so your legs glide past each other. Some products also come in a powder form, but these are less discreet and not as resistant to sweating during your workout. If you have a longer workout, you might want to use anti-chaffing products available in a squeeze-tube or ones that look like a solid deodorant stick. These are easier to re-apply if you sweat off the product.
Whether loose skin or areas of friction are your problem, keeping these areas as dry as possible can help you avoid rashes. When you select workout clothes, make sure you are choosing fabrics, such as cotton, that pulls moisture from your skin. Many workout clothes also have mesh panels that can allow air to circulate and minimize the amount of moisture that remains trapped against your skin. Before your workout, you might want to try using an antiperspirant spray on problem areas. As long as the skin is not currently irritated, adding an antiperspirant spray will keep the area drier. Once you are finished workout out, be sure to remove your damp clothes as quickly as possible and wash off any antiperspirant you used on your body.
Problem areas should not keep you from reaching your fitness goals. Fortunately, using a combination of products, such as from Lamera Sportswear, can help you continue your fitness routine, while minimizing or preventing pain and/or irritation.