We all know that exercise has lots of health benefits for the body. However, far fewer people know about the workout-related conditions and injuries that can happen as a result of prolonged or intense workouts. Did you know that Grete Waitz was only one of many world-class runners that experienced diarrhea during a race (the London Marathon, in her case)? She pooped her pants and kept running, going on to win the race. Here are five workout-related injuries you should try to avoid:
Athletes who use their feet can suffer from serious blistering that normal humans will never understand. The biggest cause of intense blistering is too much sweat. Sweat on the bottom of the foot turns normal friction into a skin-peeling irritant. If you fear that you could suffer from this type of problem, prevent it by using some antiperspirant on your feet, which will at least slow down sweating and blister formation.
Runners can sometimes experience toenails which bleed and fall off, AKA “runner’s toe.” It’s an unfortunate and painful side effect of lots of running and ill-fitting shoes or simply the unusual structure of a foot. The constant friction and pressure on the foot caused by running can cause the toenail to suffer and eventually fall off. A runner can prevent damaged toenails by constantly trimming them and minimizing swelling with post-workout ice baths.
This extremely embarrassing condition is caused by a combination of intense movement, increased metabolism and motility, which come together to cause runners to defecate while running. Exercise will always get your intestines working extra hard. To combat an inconvenient fecal incident, make sure to keep hydrated and eat a low-fiber diet. If you have an especially sensitive stomach, though, you might need drugs to intercede.
When a person works out, loose-fitting clothes can create friction on the skin and irritate it. This is pretty harmless on most of the body, but the super-sensitive skin of the nipples tends to bleed quite quickly. If you’ve had this happen, the next time you go for a workout, cover your nipples with some adhesive gauze or athletic tape.
This condition is not very logical, but real. Exercise reduces the amount of saliva in a person’s mouth and makes the mouth’s environment more acidic, affecting the teeth and their enamel coating, which gets eaten away. Make sure to stay hydrated during workouts and the problem should not arise.