I recently got a new tattoo and usually after I get a tattoo, the next day I do a cardio workout. Luckily it was my cardio workout today. Happy Face. I did about a 20 minute elliptical cardio workout and then concentrated 10 minutes on core. Now the reason why you want to do a cardio workout after a tattoo, not right after but the next day, is to clean out the blood.
Ink doesn’t not get into your bloodstream but you have dead cells hanging around the tattoo area. My tattoo usually heals in 2-3 days, faster than the standard week. The reason is because of cleansing out the bloodstream by doing an intense cardio workout. I do not recommend a traditional workout because you do not want to stress the muscles too much. Cardio allows your blood to flow faster and replaces old cells with new.
When you do any type of intense workout where you push your body, your heart starts to pump faster and produce clean, healthy blood cells. With new blood cells being pushed through your body, your old ones get pushed out of the way. This is the reason why I rarely never get an infection from getting a tattoo or a skin reaction.
My first tattoos, yes I did get a skin infection but it was my first tattoos. Now that I have several I have learned some tricks of the trade to by pass the infection or even irritation.
Traditionally, you should cre for your tattoo the time you reach home from the tattoo parlor. Usually keeping the bandage on for an hour or so and then cleansing it with traditional hand soap. Apply some A&D ointment and let it rest with no pressure.
The next day, should be cardio time to help cleanse the area of dead tissue and cells. Even though no ink is injected into the blood stream – you will have dead skin cells, dead tissue layers, etc. So a quick cardio exercise can help clean your tattoo area with just a quick walk or a simple 10-20 minute elliptical exercise.
The main point is to get your body to sweat and your heart to pump. If your heart is pumping then you are pushing new healthy blood cells to your body, which in turn will help flush out dead cells around the new tattoo area.
BTW, here is my new tattoo, pre ink’d: