Let’s face it, our boobs were not designed to endure endless amounts of running and jumping. With each running stride, our breasts not only move up and down but also side to side and in and out. This equated to an average A cup traveling an inch and a half in each direction and a D cup bounces two to three inches. So what can we do about this? Avoid exercise? No, we simply need to invest in a good sports bra to protect our assets from long term damage which may lead to sagging.
There are many aesthetically pleasing sports bras out there on the high street, but not all of them meet the needs of the active women. Here are some things to consider when you make your next purchase.
Compressions Vs Encapsulation
This sounds a little alarming but do not fear! An encapsulating bra, aka one with individual cups, is better suited for a larger breasted women, whereas a compression shelf bra style is suitable for a smaller cup size (a & b) or for lower impacting exercises for a larger cup size.
Racerback Vs Wide Strap
Wide straps help distribute the weight better which is great for larger cup sizes and can help reduce breast pain during exercise. Wider straps can also stop sores developing under the strap. A racerback bra anchors the bra close to the body which means greater support and has been found to improve performance in female athletes.
Pullover Vs Back Clasp
A pullover bra may be convenient however they often come with all over stretch meaning there is unlikely to be any rigid support up front. Back clasps allow you to tighten the band, helpful for larger cup sizes.
Now, to help make your sport bra last ensure to wash in cold water with mild detergent, avoiding fabric softener and bleach. Dry it flat and only tumble dry in a cold cycle. The bra should be replaced if the ends of the spandex fibres start to show or the fabric no longer snaps back into shape
The average sports bra lives 9 – 15 months when worn regularly!
BSc (hons) Sports Science, Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training, Boxercise Registered Instructor, Certificate in Pre and Post Natal Exercise