What do nipples, armpits, and your nether regions all have in common? They are all areas suspect to chafing...and chafing isn't funny. Here's what causes it and how to prevent it.
Good morning, family of fast. Matt Mosman, the Chief Endurance Officer over at EndurElite.
I've come to the conclusion that the three most dreaded words in endurance sports are, bonking, explosive diarrhea, yuck, and chafing.
And the last one is what we're gonna talk about today.
Now, the classic image that comes to mind when I think of chafing is that poor son of a gun at the end of a marathon, who has bloody nipples. Ouch.
Other common areas of chafing are:
So, chafing is really caused by one of two things.
And to make matters worse, if you're a really salty sweater and as the duration of endurance exercise goes on, that salt residue is left on your skin and that acts as a further irritant to chafing as you're running or biking along or doing other things.
So, that's really what causes chafing in a nutshell. The loose-fitting clothes, this repetitive skin-on-skin friction and then marinating in your stuff and not get it off right after exercise.
So, what's the best way to prevent chafing?
So first things first, I would say lube up those areas or like if you get bloody nipples, get those little nip guards, if you're gonna run a marathon if you wanna prevent chafing.
And they can be form-fitting, but again, they don't have to be spandex, but if you like spandex, it's a really good option because it kind of keeps some things in place if you know what I am talking about gentlemen.
So, I know manscaping is like the cool new thing to do, but real guys don't manscape anyway. So just leave the hair there, all right? I'll just, I'll leave it at that.
That moisture and moving around can kind of cause some skin irritation and then, chafing can even happen after exercise. So that's the best way to prevent it from happening.
Now, what if you got chafed all the hell anyway because you didn't follow those three or four things to prevent in the first place?
Then, you want to get like an antiseptic, healing cream and rub it on those chafing spots to promote quicker healing.
And again, probably my favorite is the Brave Soldier Antiseptic Cream.
You just slap that on the old twigs and berries and that spot between your thigh gentlemen and you'll be right as rain the next day.
I'm so gonna get in trouble for this video by saying twigs and berries. Somebody is going to get offended inevitably.
So, that is all I have on chafing today, my endurance friends. If you have a buddy that gets bloody nipples are other areas that get chafed a lot, please share this video with them. If you want other videos like this on endurance training, nutrition, supplementation, and other random musings, subscribe to your EndurElite youtube channel or head on over to the EndurElite blog at www.endurelite.com. Get social with us on Facebook and Instagram. And until next time, stay fueled, stay focused, stay fast and stay informed.