I’ve gained some weight over the past few months in quarantine. I’m not happy about it and I am trying to do something about it. My energy levels are low, my body’s getting achy again and I’m just fairly uncomfortable with all this extra weight.
Aside from the usual side effects that come from gaining weight, I have discovered a special and rather unpleasant one. I know I experienced this before, but its been so long that I totally forgot about it.
So do you know what happens when you get extra skin fat on your thighs and your arms? Well, they tend to rub against your body. You see it all the time when heavier set people walk, their thighs are rubbing together. When they wave the back of their arm flaps.
Well, when you have all that going on and you go for exercise, be that teaching Zumba, running, the elliptical, possibly even lifting weights, there is a repetitive motion where that extra skin rubs and rubs against your body and that friction creates a very uncomfortable and painful skin burn or rash.
That’s how I know that I have definitely gained substantial body weight. As if just looking at my massively bloated gut wasn’t enough of an indicator. As if the scale showing me 230 pounds isn’t enough. Let’s go ahead and add insult to injury by making some physical pain to accompany the psychological torment I already put myself through. Now, as I try to recover from this weight gain I get the added benefit of little nagging and painful skin burns, isn’t that wonderful?
Fortunately, I have found a bit of a workaround to keep me going as I drop the extra weight. It used to be that just wearing tights underneath would protect my skin. You know those non-sweat tights from Tesla or Underarmour, those would do the trick for me, but not so much now that I’ve gained this much weight. It helps, but it still does happen to me, even with the tights.
Enter A&D first aid ointment. I’ve taken to rubbing some A&D on the area of my body that tends to rub and cause me pain after a long workout. As of now, that has worked for me. So if you are running or just working out and getting some of those skin burns, go ahead and try putting some of that A&D first aid ointment on the area and see if that helps. Its worked for me and is also pushing me to more quickly drop this damn extra weight.
Yep, letting myself go during this quarantine has proven costly for me in more ways than one. So, listen, if this tip helps you, I’d love to hear about your experience. Stay healthy my friends.
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