The moment after you get inked, you probably aren't asking yourself, "How long do I have to wait to exercise after I get a tattoo?" Instead, you're thinking about how you're going to show it off to your friends or what your parents will say (if they ever find out). But when I got my second tattoo — a little thing on the right side of my ribs — I was high in my werkout phase. And missing a week of my exercise routine was not really an option, so for me, I was back at it after less than a week.
Here's what I learned: it wasn't such a good idea. The band of my sports bra sat right on top of my fresh ink, so there was that problem. Plus, every time I did something that stretched the skin around that area (think: oblique crunches), I died. And although it depends on where you get tatted, I would recommend giving it a full week before you start to work up a sweat.
If you simply can't wait that long, I've got some exercises that you can do without bringing on the pain. But here's something to remember: always properly care for your tattoo. That means you should make sure it's covered during your workouts and always clean it — very gently — after. After all, it's going to be with you for the rest of your life (but you knew that, right?).
4. Lunges and Squats
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