One of the most vital factors that affect the performance of track and field runners is their body weight. Any extra weight that is more than a person’s ideal body weight can drag a person down when running and can slow down his performance especially during a competition. Additionally, there is this overvalued belief among runners that a lower body weight, even if it is lower than the ideal weight of a person, can greatly increase performance. This leads some athlete to be on an extreme diet that allows them to lose weight quickly before a competition. But there are side effects to sudden weight loss. It can be detrimental to a runner’s performance and it can also cause the formation of unwanted stretch marks.
Stretch marks are lines on the skin surface with an off-color hue. Although they commonly appear in the abdomen, it is also possible to develop stretch marks on the breasts, upper arms, thighs and buttocks. While many people think that stretch marks just appear among pregnant women, men and even teens can get them as well as a result of sudden growth spurt or weight changes. It is not a life-threatening condition that requires medical attention, but the appearance of these unwanted marks can be intimidating especially if they can be seen by other people.
Many people are desperately seeking for ways on how to remove stretch marks, but more often fail in their endeavor. There is no fast cure for stretch marks that can remove them instantly. However, there are some home remedies that can significantly help reduce their appearance:
Keeping the body hydrated helps achieve an overall skin health, particularly in restoring skin’s elasticity. This in turn can have a significant impact on the appearance of highly visible stretch marks. Instead of just eight glasses, try adding two more glasses to your daily regimen and avoid other fluids that are known to cause dehydration such as soda and coffee.
Potato is high in vitamins and minerals that promote new skin cell growth and restoration. To enjoy its benefits, cut a large potato into several thick slices and rub them gently on the affected area for several minutes. Allow the liquid of the potato to dry on your skin before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has long been recognized for its various benefits for the skin. It can be used as a home remedy for minor burns and other skin problems including stretch marks. Simply rub the gel from fresh Aloe Vera leaves to the affected area and leave it there for several minutes before rinsing.
- Lemon Juice
The acidity of lemon juice can also be effective in reducing the appearance of minor scars and stretch marks. Gently rub fresh lemon juice on the stretch marks, making sure that all these areas are covered. Allow it to stay for 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in antioxidant properties and in vitamins A, D and E which can help rejuvenate the skin and treat various skin problems such as stretch marks. It can be applied by massaging the oil on the affected area and letting it stay for about half an hour to allow the skin to absorb it.
When these home remedies do not work for you, you may also try other products that claim to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.