The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls| a blog created by Erin and Jenn W.| who are part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.
I’ve said it before| and I’m quite certain I’ll mention it again: I struggle with my thighs rubbing. I used to get really embarrassed about it (I mean| people do call it chub rub)| and then I realized two things. First| this is an issue for me even when I’m at my leanest. Like| here? Chafing was still an issue.
Also| it’s an issue for a lot of people| but because it tends to make people feel embarrassed| it’s generally not discussed all that often. I think that could stand to change.
For working out| the solution is pretty simple I almost always wear capris or tight shorts that are long enough to cover the area that rubs. However| this isn’t only a problem during exercise chafing can also occur when I’m just walking around| and since I like wearing dresses| that can be an issue. Fortunately| I’ve got a couple of really effective tools in my arsenal.
Many endurance athletes use Body Glide in at least a couple of places for long training runs or races| and for good reason. It comes in a deodorant-like stick (although it’s also available in a squeezable tube) and can be rubbed just about anywhere to alleviate chafing both of the skin-on-skin and the fabric-on-skin variety. Perhaps most important (well| next to the fact that it works| that is) is the fact that it’s non-greasy and won’t stain your clothes or rub off anywhere you didn’t mean to put it.
Thighs| obviously| are a great place for it| but it’s also useful for spots where your sports bra or shirt rub| areas on your feet prone to blisters| up on your neck to avoid a horrible wetsuit rash after a long swim . . . you name it. I tend to just use the regular| original Body Glide for everything| but they do make specific formulas for feet| cycling and more. They even have a women-specific formula with extra moisturizing goodness.
It’s long-lasting| but it’s not| like| permanent| so if you’re participating in a long race (or just walking around in a skirt for hours on end on a hot| sticky day)| it can wear off. Happily| in addition to offering a bunch of formulas| Body Glide also comes in different sizes| so it’s not unusual for me to toss a tiny stick into my race belt or purse| just to be safe.
Bandelettes are one of my favorite new finds. They’re 5.5- to 6-inch tall bands for your thighs and look kind of like the lacy tops of thigh-high stockings. They utilize non-slip silicone on the insides to keep them perfectly in place| and are available in a variety of sizes and colors because| the fact is| people of all sizes face thigh rubbing issues.
They’re totally comfortable ¡ª I wore them to a party last weekend and totally forgot I was wearing them ¡ª and extremely easy to use. I mean| I’m talking dummy-proof here. And| aside from being a little unusual| they’re actually quite pretty (although I don’t think I’ll be wearing them under anything so short that they actually show ¡ª just not really my style).
Bandelettes also offers a unisex sport version to be worn| well| for sports| but under short shorts. I haven’t tried these out yet| to be honest| but considering how well the lace version stayed in place throughout a night of walking| dancing and climbing stairs| I’m betting they work pretty well. And hey| if that’s what gets you into a pair of shorts you’ve been shunning| that’s a pretty sweet deal| right?
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