Choosing the Right Exercise Bra
Pretty much everyone’s seen a woman jogging on the side of the road who very obviously lacked proper support for her breasts. It looks painful, doesn’t it? We found some great tips on the importance of wearing the right exercise bra, as we head into that time of year when everyone thinks about getting in shape!
For starters, selecting a fitness bra depends on the type of exercise you want to do and your cup size. Doing yoga? You just need to keep them from falling out. Running? You need to keep your breasts well supported so you don’t damage them – yes DAMAGE THEM!
Here are some pretty interesting facts:
- Without the proper support, women risk damage to their breasts. Women’s breasts lack any major muscles, so for support, women rely solely on a fitness bra, and the Cooper’s ligament (the supportive ligament of the breast).
- A fitness bra that’s worn three times a week will only last 6-12 months. The process of washing and drying a fitness bra manipulates the support and elasticity of the fabric.
- Size changes due to weight loss or weight gain, hormonal changes and especially after pregnancy. Don’t we know it Make sure you get a fitting once a year.
Here’s a sample of the fitness bras suggested by About.com:
Moving Comfort Calli Sports Bra
If you normally have to wear two sports bras to get the support you need, this may be the bra for you. Made for women with C-E cup sizes, this bra offers support, separation and comfort with a padded underwire and wide, adjustable straps. It also offers great sweat-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable and dry. Best for: Curvy women, High-impact activities.
Nike Determination Sports Bra
This is another high-quality sports bra that will fit a variety of women, depending on what kind of support you want. Small-chested women will get high-impact support, while fuller-figured women will find this bra is perfect for medium or lower-impact exercise. It also keeps sweat away from your body, keeping you cool and dry. Best for: Medium-curvy women, Medium- to high-impact activities
North Face Celestial Sports Tank
This sports tank is just downright pretty and so comfortable that you’ll want to wear it all day. It’s fitted, but the fabric is stretchy and designed to wick sweat away from your body. The scoop neck is flattering and it’s a little longer in the back for more coverage. This top is great for lower-impact activities like yoga, bike riding or weight training. Best for: Small-medium women, Lower impact activities
Saucony Motion Sensor Bra
This sports bra is great for medium-curvy women looking for support without feeling too constricted. The criss-cross straps provide comfortable support and the fabric is breathable so sweat is wicked away from your body. You’ll also find you have great support for high impact exercises if you’re a C-D cup, and the hook-and-eye clasp makes this one easy to get on and off. Best for: Medium-curvy women, Medium-to high-impact activities
When you’re shopping for fitness bras, be sure to try them on and maybe do a couple jumping jacks, jog around the dressing room or strike a yoga pose to see if the bra will do the job. And remember, your CupCase makes a great way to transport your bras to and from your workout.
Now, go work up a sweat!