Why you should wait to workout for at least a few daysThere are few better feelings in the world than that after a good workout. You feel good and you look good too. Scientifically speaking, exercise releases endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in your body, which create that feeling of euphoria & happiness. This is the feeling described as “runner’s high,” which applies to all types of exercise. And we’re huge advocates for healthy bodies & minds, but for the few days after a new tattoo, your body needs rest. Here’s why:
- Prevent infection – Your skin is an open wound. And between your sweat and dirty gym equipment, it won’t be able to heal if it’s constantly fighting bacteria from these sources.
- Prevent irritation – Whether you’re running, lifting weights, or doing yoga, your skin will rub against your clothing. Even with clean clothes on, the friction will cause fading & localized irritation, redness, and itching.
- Prevent stretching & wrinkling – Your skin stretches & wrinkles as you move your body, which makes it difficult for your skin to repair itself. If your new tattoo is near a joint, avoid exercises involving this joint for at least 5-7 days. (i.e. avoid bicep curls after an arm tattoo).
- Prevent bleeding – It’s common for the area to bleed, especially in the first 48-72 hours. This is totally normal, but you want to limit the amount. Working out will elevate your blood pressure, causing more bleeding which may result in infections or ink damage.