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Hand Care for Obstacle Course Racers


Let’s face it as an obstacle course racer, your hands take a battering. Whether it’s swinging from bar to bar, climbing walls or ropes; the strength and condition of your hands can mean the difference between success and failure. Therefore hand care for obstacle racers is critical.

Don’t waste your chance by having a callous tear during training or worse on race day. Open wounds and dirty water do not make good friends and can risk infection.

So, what can be done?

Let’s deal with calluses first

What is a callus? A thickened and hardened area of skin, that forms as a response to repeated exposure friction, pressure or other irritation.

Over time, you will start to develop calluses on your hands from the battering you give them training in the gym, swinging on monkey bars etc. These calluses can yellow and crack, then eventually tear.

However, they are easy to take care of.

Simply grab an emery board and file down the callus, leave a little there to help protect your palms. For thick calluses it will be helpful to have a bath or shower to help soften the skin prior to filing down.

Keep an eye on your calluses and you see them building up, grab that file again.

 Get some moisturiser on those hands.

Not just any moisturiser though, you need a quality nourishing balm or salve. Look for products rich in vitamin E.

Keep an eye out for products containing shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil as they provide nourishing care for your skin and can aid with faster skin repair.

It is important that after every workout, race etc. you apply the balm. This does not just apply you exercise, any time your hands take some punishment reach for the balm.

Following these simple hand care tips and help keep your tips fit for action.

Take care of yourself and your skin.

Natural Rebel

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