If the thought of working out or competing in a sport is enough of a reason to send shudders down your spine due to your breasts then you are not alone!
Believe it or not there was such a study .. It was found that breasts were ranked an incredible fourth as a barrier to exercise after lack of energy, time constraints and health reasons. They were ranked above other obstacles including cost of exercise, access to facilities, not having the right clothing, not having any company while exercising, and feeling embarrassed about doing sport.
The research – published online in the Journal Of Physical Activity And Health – found that 17 per cent of the 239 women surveyed were discouraged from participating in physical activity because of their breasts.
The most influential factors preventing women taking exercise include not being able to find the right sports bra and being embarrassed by excessive breast movement.
It is so sad to hear that there are actually women out there who suffer pain and discomfort ENOUGH to stop them from exercising. Soo, this brings me to the subject of sporting bras.
I have had my fair share of roadtesting sports bras and putting them to the test. Across all levels (low, medium, high impact) and sports bras that can be used in the water and out. Personally I am a C cup and know the difference a good sports bra makes plus I do have a strong fear of keeping things ‘locked down’ to avoid premature dropping and sagging..
Here are my tips for better breast support in sports bras
1// Choose a wide strap
The wide strap offers more support and spreads the load across your shoulder rather than one point (that quite often acts like a pressure point to a headache!). Remember to replace your sports bra every couple of months if it is being washed regularly as it will loose it’s elasticity and effectiveness.
2// Have a couple of bras for different activities
I don’t like wearing a super secure running bra while I am doing yoga. Choose the impact level of your activity and dress accordingly. Underwires get in the way of pilates and yoga workouts which are breath and stretch orientated. Running quite often requires an underwire for extra security and walking can be comfortably be done in a simple cross back exercise number.
3// Different fabrics for different tactics
If you are going in the water for a surf, sup or swim, bikini’s simply don’t cut it. Choose a sports bra/crop that is lycra based and dries quickly rather than a cotton. There are some super stylish numbers out there that don’t need to be hidden under another layer and will give you the sporty look and double up beautifully with a simple black bikini bottom (BTW, bikini bottoms with side ties stay on way better in the ocean). Look for a swimsuit with underwire also. Funkita do some great styles.
4// Sometimes one isn’t enough
I went through a stage while I was breastfeeding my girls that one bra simply wasn’t enough and if there was too much bounce it was like my milk ducts got scared and wouldn’t play at the next feed time. This is when I found it helpful to wear two bras from extra support and offer different angles of support. True story!
There is a bit of trial and error when finding your own personal sports bra holy grail and when you do find it you tend to buy 3! One that fits can sometimes be too tight around the band or need adjustable straps. The more time you put into researching the best sports bra for you the more comfort you will have in the great outdoors . X
Want a fitness goal with the feel good factor, (and test your new chosen sports bra) ?
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