Accessories and Athletics: Do They Go Together?

When I was in middle and high school, I planned new ear piercings around the sports seasons; we weren’t allowed to wear jewelry of any sort during games or practice, and I wasn’t about to be one of the girls who had to let her newly double-pierced ears close up because of poor planning. No way—I waited way too long for that very special visit to Claire’s Boutique to let it all be for naught.

As an adult, I’m still pretty cautious about what jewelry I’ll wear for different activities. For team sports, I generally lose the earrings, or at least the larger ones—there was a reason our coaches made us take them out, and I’m not all that interested in ripping an earlobe, thankyouverymuch. I noticed a prevalence of necklaces in the Olympics this year, especially in beach volleyball, but I don’t wear necklaces that much anyway, so it’s no big deal for me to remove whatever I might be wearing before the first whistle (real or imaginary) blows.

No, where I’ve run into some trouble is with my wedding ring. I opted for a flat, channel set wedding band that is unattached to my engagement ring when Jared and I exchanged vows several years ago, and for the most part, that’s been fine. I wear it to play basketball and volleyball, I wear it when I run or go to the gym, and it really doesn’t bother me.

However, I recently ran into a couple of problems. First and foremost, it appears that although I didn’t have a problem with it, it had a problem with some of my activities and has developed a few small cracks on the inside. And, I haven’t worn it for triathlons. Ever. The idea of wearing my most special piece of jewelry while swimming alongside a bunch of people who may or may not be grabbing and clawing at me just makes me nervous.

But, at the same time, it feels weird to do a race and hang out in the beer tent afterward without a wedding ring on, especially since my husband can’t make it to all my races.

I’ve found a solution, though—a new ring. I found an inexpensive but super durable simple, flat band. It’ll hold up to whatever I put it through and, best of all, if I happen to lose it in the melee of the swim, well, I can just get a replacement; I like it, but it doesn’t have the emotional connection that my actual wedding band has.

Do you wear jewelry for workouts and races? What rules do you follow, if any? —Kristen

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I don’t wear much jewelry in general, but I don’t wear it when I exercise. If I workout in the morning (my usual) I just haven’t put any on yet. If I exercise in the evening, I’ll leave my earrings in perhaps (I only wear studs) but will take off my wedding ring.

    I don’t like wearing rings when I exercise because sometimes my fingers will swell, and I am picky about wearing a tight ring – it drives me nutty! I actually forget my wedding ring a lot in general, and I’ve never minded. On the off chance someone actually tries to hit on me (HA THAT NEVER HAPPENS) I know how to handle it, so the lack of a ring is no biggie.

  2. Cat says:

    My hands swell sometimes when I run, so all of my rings come off. I also usually remove my watch unless it’s my sport/stopwatch (which I don’t wear often; exact times are not that critical to me). Necklaces typically stay on unless they are big/chunky.

  3. courtney says:

    I have hand swelling thing, too. I end up taking my rings off when I workout now, because of that, and because when I lift weights, they get scratched on the underside somehow.

    I did forget to take my earrings out the other day, and I didn’t realize it until we were doing jumping jacks and they were flopping around!!

  4. Stacee says:

    I have the swelling issue too… so I have always taken off my rings. I also take off my daily watch and replace it with my heart rate watch. I wear the GoSportID bracelet but that is all. I have studs in my ears and usually take off my necklace. I don’t like the sweat getting all over my good jewellery because it can damage it and when lifting weights, I have been pinched when the weight shifted in my hand. One way of always having a weeding band on is to have it tattooed onto your finger. Doesn’t have to have your spouses name/initials but could be a significant symbol/phrase or date and it will always be there. And it it needs to be covered, your rings will do the trick!!!