Chafing is one of the most common running injuries—and it’s usually caused by your skin rubbing against other fabric, which can happen when you wear tight shorts over loose pants and then flex or move during your workout. But chafing isn’t just irritating, it can be painful and lead to blisters. Luckily, there are several ways to reduce the risk of chafing, including wearing seamless running shoes, adding a chamois pad to your kit and avoiding fabrics like wool or cotton that can irritate your skin. The best way to prevent chafing, though, is to wear running shorts that are designed to be seamless and stretch with your body as you move. And, of course, a pair of anti-chafe running shorts can help prevent chafing even when you’re not working out.
These running shorts from Girlfriend Collective are seamless, breathable and stretch with your legs while you run or take a spin class. They’re made from a soft, sweat-wicking recycled polyester blend that’s also a little bit textured for added comfort. And they come in so many fun colors you’ll want to rock them for both your gym routine and casual outings.
Another great option for chafing-free runs is these high-waisted, stretchy shorts from Nike. They have a mesh panel that wicks moisture and is super-breathable, as well as an adjustable drawstring and a small waistband pocket for your keys or ID. Plus, they come in a variety of colors, so you can find the one that matches your favorite sneakers.
These two-in-one running shorts are made from a sweat-wicking RPET recycled poly blend and feature a 7-inch inseam. They have a soft, fitted inner short with a pocket to stash your keys or ID, and they’re available in sizes up to 4X. Plus, they’re covered by the brand’s 90-Day Perfect Fit Guarantee, which entitles you to a refund or exchange if they don’t work for you.
If you’re a distance runner who likes to log miles, consider shorter running shorts, such as these from Impact. They’re also made from a sweat-wicking, breathable poly blend with a thigh-length outer short for coverage without chafing your legs, and they have an easy-access pocket for your ID or credit card.
ACE certified personal trainer Cat Kom loves the “super-soft, comfortable” feel of these two-in-one running shorts, which are available in both 4- and 6-inch inseams. She also appreciates that the inner brief and compression waistband are soft on her thighs, even when she’s kicking up her speed.
If you want to try a new style of running shorts, these lightweight, form-fitting ones from Brooks are a smart choice. They have a skin-tight, phone-sized pocket in the inner short and a breathable boxer-brief liner that sits comfortably against your thighs while you’re moving. And they’re backed by the company’s laser-focus on runners and a commitment to creating products that work for them.
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