Many of us have been there—finishing a run and feeling great, only to scream when the water hits you during that post run shower. Yes, you’ve chafed on the run in places you didn’t think imaginable. Ladies, if you’ve ever experienced the discomfort of chafing while out for a run, you know it can turn your exercise high into an unpleasant experience. Chafing, especially in areas like around the bra band, inner arm or thighs, can be a real pain. But don’t worry, help is on the way. Here are some tips to keep you running smoothly and help prevent chafing on the run:

  • Moisture-Wicking fabrics: Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics for your running gear. These materials draw sweat away from your skin, reducing friction and the likelihood of chafing on the run.
  • Well-fitted sports bra: Ensure your sports bra fits snugly but not too tight. The band around your ribcage should provide support without digging into your skin.
  • Anti-chafing balms or creams:  They are especially effective in high-friction areas. Apply a generous amount to areas prone to rubbing to create a protective barrier. Ivyvedure or Body glide work well.
  • Consider longer shorts or leggings: Opt for shorts or leggings with longer lengths to provide extra coverage for your thighs. It’s time to embrace those cycling shorts from the ’80s! They are great because they reduce skin-on-skin contact and minimise the chances of chafing.
  • Change wet clothes promptly: If you’re sweating heavily, change out of wet clothes as soon as possible as wet fabric increases the chances of chafing.
  • Stay hydrated: Proper hydration helps maintain the elasticity of your skin. Well-hydrated skin is less prone to chafing, so make sure you’re drinking enough water before and during your run.
  • Cotton is not your friend: Avoid cotton underwear or bras. Cotton retains moisture, which can lead to increased friction.
  • Take breaks if needed: If you start feeling discomfort, don’t hesitate to take short breaks during your run. Adjust your clothing if necessary, and reapply anti-chafing products, especially on warmer days.

Products containing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile can be soothing for irritated skin.  Sudocrem is now your best friend post run, trust me! Remember, every runner’s body is unique, so it might take some trial and error to find what works best for you so you can enjoy your runs chafe-free!   🏃‍♀️✨