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Exercising with New Piercings: Do's and Don'ts

While it is important to be careful while exercising in general, you have to be extra cautious while working out with piercings.

To help you out, we have got a quick guide for you that will cover the basics of do’s and don'ts of exercising with piercings.

Tips for Exercising with New Piercings

Here is a list of some do’s and don'ts to get you on track to achieve your fitness goals while also taking care of those piercings.

1. Keep Them Clean

Keep the area around your piercing as clean as possible. For the best results, use a simple saline solution before and after exercising.

Not only is a saline solution gentle but also promotes healing of the wound. It also removes sweat and the buildup of bacteria that may be infectious.

2. Loose Comfy Clothes

Wear loose fitted clothes to avoid any friction around your piercing sites while exercising.

Keeping the area breathable while also exercising in comfortable clothes will keep you more focused on the exercise at hand rather than your piercings.

3. Cover It Up

If you’re worried about your piercings getting torn by coming in contact with workout equipment, cover it up with a band-aid or soft piece of cloth.

It will act as an extra layer of protection.

For instance, if you have a belly button piercing like this, covering it up while doing core exercises will help protect it from any kind of bruising.

4. Stop If Needed

Regardless of what your daily goal is, if you feel any discomfort while exercising with piercing, stop immediately and look at the piercing.

If it looks inflamed or swollen, just clean it up with a saline solution and end the workout.

You’re working out because you love your body. Therefore, listening to it about when to stop is equally important.

5. Keep Hands Clean

You should never touch your face or the area around your piercings with dirty hands.

Dirt from your hands can transfer onto the unhealed piercing wounds and cause infections.

6. Stay Away from Water

It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to bathe. It simply means that you shouldn’t submerge your piercings in water for too long.

Any form of pools, beaches, hot tubs, and others should be avoided until you have completely healed.

There is a chance that an unhealed wound may get irritated or infected in public waters.

9. Don’t Push Yourself

Doing extra squats or push ups, or engaging in extra tough exercises right after getting a new piercing isn’t a good idea.

Slowly increase your workout time as your body heals. Don’t force your body to do more instantly.

8. No Harsh Products

Don’t use any exfoliants or products with harsh chemicals to clean your piercings.

Instead, go for a gentle soap and just water to get around the area and clean it up.

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