Can You Workout after Getting a Tattoo

As with any form of tattooing, it is important to remember that tattoos are permanent. Those who are looking for a way to remove their tattoo will be able to have a better chance at achieving this effect. The new numbing creams that are available to consumers now can effectively numb the area surrounding where the tattoo is placed. This is an excellent option for those who want to begin exercising again but did not want to do so until their tattoo had healed.

Waiting 48 hours and letting your tattoo heal properly before you do any physical actively is essential. We recommend waiting at least a week and after that you can hit the gym.

You should wait at least a few days

The ink is actually absorbed into the skin, which takes time. The healing process will take a few weeks, and you’ll want to give your new tattoo the proper amount of care and attention. Your tattoo artist will probably recommend waiting at least a week before showering or swimming. But after that first week, you can actually start exercising again as long as you don’t put any added pressure on your new ink.

The best way to avoid an infection is to let your body breathe don’t wear tight clothing or anything else that might impede circulation around your tattoo. And keep an eye out for signs of an infection (redness, swelling), which could mean it’s time for another round of antibiotic ointment.

Don’t go to the gym and grunt and sweat, this can cause infection

It’s important to follow a few rules after getting a tattoo. First and foremost, don’t go to the gym and grunt and sweat, this can cause infection. It’s also important not to use soap on your tattoo for at least two days as it will dry out the skin. Instead, use an antibacterial ointment with lidocaine in it to numb the area while you sleep (apply liberally).

If you do get an infection, here are some things that may help you get rid of it:

  • Keep the area clean by washing several times daily with antibacterial soap and water.
  • Apply antibiotic ointments twice daily until the infection clears up.
  •  Use warm compresses on the infected area for 15 minutes three or four times daily; then reapply antibiotic ointment.

Don’t touch your tattoo with any hands that haven’t been washed thoroughly

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re working out after getting a tattoo. Don’t touch your tattoo with any hands that haven’t been washed thoroughly. It’s important to keep your new ink clean and protected as it heals. The skin around a tattoo is highly susceptible to infection, so be sure to wash your hands before touching your tattoo.

 If you’re using hand sanitizer, make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol because this may dry out the skin around your tattoo and delay healing. If you’re sweating profusely during exercise, it’s best not to wear a bandage or t-shirt over your tattoo because they can get wet or smeared with sweat and bacteria.

Drink plenty of water before exercising so that your body is well hydrated during exercise

Wear loose clothing during workouts so that there isn’t too much friction on your new ink. Tight pants or shorts can rub against your fresh artwork and cause irritation or even scabbing! It’s best not to wear anything tight around your waistline for at least two weeks after getting a new tattoo (as long as there’s no risk of infection).

Don’t pick at scabs on your tattoo

  • First and foremost, make sure you keep your tattoo clean.
  • Wash it gently with warm water and soap twice a day for at least three days after getting it done.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps that contain alcohol or fragrance as these can dry out the skin and damage your tattoo. The best thing to do is use baby shampoo or just plain water.
  • If there is any excess ink on your skin (which shouldn’t be there), use gauze pads soaked in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to remove it gently without harming your new body art.
  • If you have scabs on your fresh tattoo, don’t pick them off! The best thing to do is leave them alone until they fall off naturally usually within 3 weeks of getting the tattoo done. However, if they start itching or flaking off prematurely

Wait until your skin has healed before you do any heavy lifting

Tattoos can be painful and the healing process can take some time, but you don’t have to give up your workout routine while your skin heals. The most important thing is to minimize any damage or stress on the area surrounding your tattooed skin. While you’re waiting for your tattoo to heal, use these tips for safe exercise:

  • Wait until your skin has healed before you do any heavy lifting. This includes free weights, machines and even lifting light dumbbells too soon after getting a tattoo. If you try to lift too early, it could cause the ink to bleed or even tear out of your skin.
  • You also need to allow time for all of the swelling and bruising to go down before lifting weights or doing any other kind of exercise that puts pressure on a fresh tattoo.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing during workouts so that you don’t rub against the tattooed area while exercising. Tight clothing may cause chafing and irritation that will prolong healing time and make it harder for the ink in your tattoo to settle into its final position on your body.
  • Use mild cleansers when washing your hands or face during workouts; avoid harsh soaps that could irritate raw skin around a new tattoo. If possible, avoid


Light workouts are fine after getting a tattoo, but it is best to avoid anything intense for a couple of weeks. If you are going to get inked, make sure you know how to take care of your tattoo. There are certain exercises, and clothing that you should avoid for a few weeks to help your tattoo heal properly.