To get a tattoo is fulfillment for some. The reasons for getting it might not be the same, but the experience of getting it will be. The process of getting it is painful and requires patience, and that is the same as taking care of it after. Tattoos come in different shapes and sizes but the process is the same though the aftercare might differ in some cases and aspects.
Because of that, questions asked about the activities that are allowed to do and not. Mostly, the activities involved are the strenuous ones. One of these activities is working out. Sure, some exercises are not that heavy to do, but to what extent and how long will it be before you can really do something?
1. Wait for a While
Exercise is important for our bodies, but it does require it to exert effort. Because of that, it is advisable not to do one when you are newly tattooed. Meaning, you will have to wait for about two weeks until the tattoo is healed and then you might start a little bit.
2. Proper Care
The most crucial part of having a tattoo aside from getting it is the aftercare. If you will not do it properly, it will affect your tattoo and also your skin with infections. It is about healing. Because of that, it is important to know how you will properly care for it. You will be given instructions and make sure you will do it correctly and precisely. This will likely involve exercising, so you should watch out for that.
3. Know Some Risks
Doing some workouts while your tattoo is healing is quite risky and will depend upon the placement and size. It will likely strain you, so be aware of it or better to avoid it. Also, infections are also part of the risk, and the reason for that is the equipment to be used in the gym. It is very likely that those are covered with bacteria, so you should avoid using or even contacting those as much as possible because your healing tattoo is sensitive and may easily catch those.
4. Dress Appropriately
If you indeed will go for a workout, make sure to wear something that is comfortable and breathable. This means you should wear something that is loose because having something too tight will affect your tattoo. Keep in mind that it should also something that will not sweat too much to avoid excessive moisture caused by sweating.
5. Precautions and Limitations
You may be allowed to work out, but there will be certain limitations for it. As said before, you should avoid the too strenuous ones that will be bad for the healing of your tattoo. Another thing to keep in mind is the placement and size. If it is something small and away from the upper body, you may do some small lifting. Running is also light enough as long as you will not be exposed to the sun. The exercises that you are not allowed to do are mostly those the involve contact. Examples are sports such as basketball, boxing, etc. Swimming is also not allowed because of the water.