If you are thinking about starting a running habit, or maybe starting to increase you current miles, there is one thing you should know about….chaffing.
Chaffing occurs from rubbing of either skin-on-skin or skin-on-clothes (1). It pretty much feels like rug burn. Some common places for chaffing are inner thighs, armpit area, bra-line for women, and nipples for men. It is really uncomfortable.
“I once had chaffing so bad, I thought I was bleeding. I was too afraid to look, so I just pushed through until the end.” -Build it for Lifer
So what do you to do prevent chaffing?
Try to wear really tight fitting clothes. You want to make sure there the clothes stay put while you are moving. One Build it for Lifer recommends Danskins women’s bike shorts for inner thigh chaffing, whether you are a guy or girl – these will stop the problem!
Another Build it for Lifer recommends using vaseline or bodyglide (2). Apply either to your body before you hit the streets.
You can try our links below for other advice.
If you already have chaffing? My best known solution is to use aquaphor (3). Apply it to the chaffed skin a few times the day of the chaffing and again the following. It should be healed by the third day.
Have fun & Be Active!