May 31, 2018

Wise Tips on Going to the Gym with a Fresh New Tattoo

Some of the worst enemies of a fresh new tattoo are the sun, salt water, and sweat. It’s okay to get some of these on your new tattoo once or twice while it is still healing, but soaking in it can definitely affect the way your tattoo heals.



Working out is definitely possible even after getting a new tattoo. You just have to be extremely careful and make sure to follow the tips that we will be giving out today to make sure that your tattoo’s healing process won’t be put at risk.

Avoid Working Out too Hard

The least you can do to avoid getting an infection or prevent your tattoo from fading is to do less intense workouts. You can try basic stretches, lunges, squats, walking, and planks while your tattoo is healing.

More intense workouts such as running on the treadmill and lifting heavy weights can cause you to sweat excessively, which can be bad for your new tattoo. Also, your tattoo artist will likely tell you to take a lot of rest right after getting the tattoo done. Doing these intense workouts can strain your body and muscles too much and can cause your body’s immune system to go way down, which can easily make you susceptible to infections.

You can always go back to your old exercise routine right after the tattoo heals completely.

Wear the Right Type of Gym Clothes

During the healing process, make sure that the gym clothes that you will be wearing are just the right fit. You should avoid wearing super tight clothing, as this can rub on your tattoo too much while you are working out, which can cause your tattoo to fade or be irritated.

Shirts that are too loose are not encouraged as well, as bacteria can easily enter right through it. Clothes that are just the right fit will keep you protected without having to expose your tattoo to sweat, dirt, and grime.

Choose sweat-resistant shirts and active-wear that can easily suck all of your sweat up to prevent the tattoo from being soaked in your own sweat.

Give it a Few Days

Let your tattoo wound breathe for a few days before deciding to work out again. What you can do is go to the gym the day before you get your tattoo to make sure that you have sweat it all up before getting this tattoo done.

After the tattoo has been done, make sure to give it at least three days for the wound to close a little bit. Give it some time to heal so it wouldn’t be too fresh once you get back to the gym. Do not work out the next day after getting your tattoo, as this can only spell disaster for you.

What are the Risks?

Just to be clear of what we are dealing with, we are giving you some insight on what can possibly happen when you decide to workout right after getting your tattoo done.
  1. Irritation. When you are working out, you simply cannot avoid your tattoo from rubbing on a different part of your skin or on your clothes’ fabric. This can irritate the tattoo, which can make it fade easily and harbour a new type of infection.
  2. Unintentionally Ripping a Scab. Your tattoo will peel and scab after a few days of having it done. This process is completely normal, but you should remember never to pick on it or peel it, as this can lead to an infection or fading. When you work out, your scabs can unintentionally be ripped, leaving you with a faded tattoo and infection.
  3. Pain. It is normal for your tattoo to hurt a few days after getting it done. If sweat gets in the way, you will definitely feel more pain than usual.
  4. Infection. Dust, dirt, and sweat can easily get into your fresh new tattoo wound when you are working out. You can easily harbour an infection through this, which is why you definitely have to follow the tips we have above to make sure you do not get one.

Summary/ Takeaway

You might have gotten a brand new leg, arm, back, or chest tattoo. No matter where the placement is, make sure to follow our tips to ensure your tattoo’s safety and proper healing process!

 Author Bio

Jason Hamilton has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon.


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