Body Glide is a stick, like solid deodorant, that you rub on body areas that rub, chafe, blister. The ingredients let skin, well, glide, with less friction.
I have been obese for 30 years, with brief forays into overweight. Diet and walking have helped me lose weight then yoyo and gain it back, usually when I stopped walking b/c of pain or skin irritation. Thighs and calves rubbing together, blisters on my heels, blisters on the bottoms of my feet from wet socks. I am also well endowed up top with chafing from bra straps, underwires. I now cover those areas with a few swipes of body glide. No problems on my legs, even when riding my bike. No blisters on my feet, even after 3miles of jogging! This stuff is magic! If my upper arms rub against my suit while I swim: body glide. Flip flops digging blisters b/t your toes? Want to wear cute shoes to work but they pinch? Going to 6 flags in the summer? Between sweat and the water rides, then walking all day, males and females will likely need it (get an individual stick per person, toss it in your backpack). When guys run and chafe their nipples (and ladies, let's thank our bras that doesn't happen to us often)? Even days I don't work out, I use it. 5.95 for the large stick. There's a "warm" stick also. Use caution with the warming kind straying too close to sensitive private areas.
Really, I don't think I could have walked my first 5K without the protection of anti-chafe stuff. I've since done 3 more virtual 5K's. As I've finished each, I've been proud of myself, a bit in awe of my accomplishment, especially when I did the walk/jog one in March. I'd committed to following the training and completed the task. I was more amazed at myself when I went out and jogged a few days later. Which brought the kernel of an idea to do a sprint trithlong. 7/15, I completed my first sprint tri. Calves hurt Monday and Tues, so I did some light stretching, walking. This morning, I woke up with "it's time" in my consciousness, as ON2VICTORY described. For me, not time to train for half iron-man, no. For me, time to get out and run. Not just walk, run. I signed up for the virtual 5K the end of July. I'd like my pace to be 15 min / mile. So I amazed myself this morning my going for 2 miles. WooHoo. I kept moving forward.
Why? What helps me work to getting healthier? I can't picture myself as the gorgeous young women in the Nike ads. Just do it, yes! Their images, no. My inspiration comes from regular people: the women in their 60's + who walk and jog in our neighborhood every morning, who encouraged me just about every day of my tri training. I want to be active daily as they are, to enjoy my body moving, to be happy in nature for the next 20 years and beyond. I was so happy to see the parents of my kids' friends doing the tri, with our middle aged individual body shapes and sizes. For most of us, it was our first tri. As ever, so much inspiration comes from The Amazing SparkFriends without athletic backgrounds who challenge their bodies day by day and change their lives. Those challenges aren't always physical. The emotional and mental victories are every bit as powerful. As a challenge that happens to be physical, emotional, and mental, the idea of a 10K has been flittering through my mind the last few days....