Chafing can end your workout in a flash, so here are some ways to prevent it.
- Stay dry. Moisture from sweat is a no-no, so wear moisture-wicking clothes on all areas of your body. Cotton t-shirts and shorts will stay wet, so opt for the ones made of soft merino wool or a synthetic material that's designed to draw moisture away from your skin and dry quickly.
- Avoid loose clothing in sensitive areas. The constant moving and rubbing of the material may not seem like much as first, but after a few miles, it's sure to irritate your skin till it's raw. Opting for a snug fit will do wonders for your skin; just make sure clothing isn't too tight, as that can aggravate your skin as well.
- Go seamless. You may have to pay extra money for clothes that have smooth seams, but it's so worth your comfort. Also look for clothes that don't have any tags.
- Try a product like BodyGlide or Vaseline to keep your skin lubricated. This is especially useful on longer runs or workouts. Or you may prefer a product like talcum powder that keeps your skin dry.
What's your strategy for avoiding chafing?