There are some inevitable lifestyle changes you need to make once you get a piercing. From quitting smoking to avoiding alcohol and postponing your trip to the waterpark, there are many things you’ll need to do to allow your piercing to heal.
With so many changes in your lifestyle, those with active lifestyles can’t help but wonder if their piercing will impact their exercise regimen. Luckily, piercings aren’t affected by exercise routines. However, a few factors, including public gym equipment, jewelry snags, and workout sweat, may place a healing piercing at potential risk.
That being said, here are a few ways to protect your piercing during exercise.
Avoid Touching Your New Piercing
There is one clear rule for a healing piercing that is especially important to consider during exercise: don’t touch your piercing. The exercise equipment, yoga mats, and lockers at public gyms harbor tons of bacteria from strangers. If you touch any of these items, the bacteria will get on your hands, which you can end up transferring to your healing piercing.
Therefore, it’s important to be mindful when visiting a public gym while your piercing heals. If you do happen to touch your new piercing, there’s no need to panic. Simply clean your piercing with a saline solution or a sea salt mixture as soon as you can.
Cover Your Piercing
Piercing jewelry, such as piercing rings can easily get snagged on exercise equipment. Also, body piercings, such as belly piercings, may touch exercise equipment, exposing it to all sorts of bacteria. Hence, the best solution is to wear tight clothing to keep your piercing covered while ensuring that the jewelry doesn’t snag. Many people also use adhesive bandages to cover their ears and facial piercings to protect them from harmful microbes while keeps them from snagging.
Adjust Your Workout Routine
While you won’t have to adjust your workout regimen too much after getting a piercing, there are a few considerations that you’ll have to make. For instance, if you’re a swimmer, you will have to avoid swimming until your piercing has completely healed. This is mainly because the water in public pools harbors tons of chemicals and bacteria that can harm your piercing.
Moreover, you should also avoid exercises that will apply additional pressure on your new piercing. For instance, if you’ve got a navel piercing, you must be careful when it comes to exercises that put stress on your belly, such as yoga or push-ups.
Clean Off Your Sweat
While your bodily fluids won’t harm your piercing much, dampness can most certainly cause some problems for your piercing. Sweat carries a lot of bacteria and microbes that may impact your piercing, which is why it is a good idea to immediately clean off any sweat from your piercing post-workout.
The Bottom Line
You are most certainly allowed to exercise after getting a piercing. However, there are a few adjustments you’ll need to make to ensure that your piercing heals well without hitting any road bumps. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above will go a long way to help you protect your piercing during exercise.