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Exercising With A New Piercing: Staying Safe And Staying Fit

Feb14

belly-bars-1One of the most common questions that many people ask when getting a new piercing is whether or not they can resume their normal exercise regime straightaway, or if they need to wait until their piercing has fully healed. This is a difficult question to answer, because much of it comes down to the type of piercing you’ve got and the exercise that you want to do.

If you’re a piercing expert, you’ll know that any body piercing is likely to be red and sore for the first few weeks of its life, and this is a natural part of the body’s healing process. The healing time for your piercing will depend on which area of your body has been pierced and, of course, how well you look after it.

Types Of Exercise After Getting A New Piercing

There are many types of piercing that you’ll be able to carry on your exercise regimes with, without changing much at all. Swimming though, is not an exercise that will do your piercing much good. Despite chlorine in the water of swimming pools, it is very easy to pick up an infection in a new piercing, and you should be careful to avoid swimming in pools, lakes, rivers and sea as all these bodies of water have the potential to contaminate your piercing.

The time that you need to wait before jumping back in the pool depends on your piercing. If you’ve got your ear lobe pierced, you should be OK to swim after six weeks. Any other area of the ear cartilage and you’re looking at more like four months or longer, a nose piercing around three months, and a belly button piercing can take up to a year to heal properly. These are all general timing guides, and the real length of time that your piercing will take to heal will be specific to your body, and you should get personalised advice from a piercer or a doctor if you are unsure.

How To Keep Fit With A Piercing

You can take steps to lessen the impact on any piercing during the healing process, while continuing your exercise routine. For example, if you have a belly bar you could cover it up to resist its movement and the chance that it will get dirty, and this will help reduce the chance of infection and swelling, while allowing you to stay in great shape.

While your new piercing shouldn’t be harmed by any workout routine that you’re trying to keep up, you need to make sure you keep it clean and dry as much as possible. The best advice is to keep your piercing totally dry for the first three or four days after you’ve had it done, and it would be best to refrain from exercise during this time to reduce the chance of sweat getting in to the hole. If it does get wet, dry it gently, and clean it using appropriate aftercare techniques if it gets sweaty or dirty.

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Laura Watson is someone who has been pierced from the age of 16, but still enjoys working out in a safe and clean way.

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