Is one of your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions to exercise more often? As you hit this gym this month, it is important to remember that a properly fitted sports bra is just important as a properly fitted athletic shoe! Workout in confidence in 2019 with the best bra for your workout!
Unlike everyday bras, a sports bra is specifically designed to deliver support (and comfort) while you exercise. Sports bras are made of performance fabrics. These special fabrics wick away moisture and prevent chafing during your workout. It is important to invest in a quality sports bra so that your Cooper's ligaments (the connective tissue in your breast that help to maintain support) do not become permanently stretched. Before you make your sports bra purchase, here are some things to consider so that you get the best sports bra for your workout.
Know Your Sports Bras
Nearly every form of exercise will make your breasts move or bounce, regardless of the size of bra that you wear. When choosing a sports bra it is important to consider the type of exercise you will be doing. Are you running or jogging? Perhaps you’re participating in high-impact aerobics classes? Or maybe you’re beginning your exercise journey with low-impact walking or yoga. It is important that you get the right fit for your intended activity level. Here are a few ways you can narrow down your sports bra search, based on your activity level:
- Encapsulation sports bras: Encapsulation and compression technology holds your breasts securely in place, helping to reduce movement so that nothing holds you back!
- Compression sports bras: Compressing the breast tissue close to the body provides maximum support and minimizes any unwanted movement.
- High impact sports bras: If you’re off and running, literally, you’ll want to reduce bounce. A high impact sports bra can reduce bounce by up to 83%!
- Low impact sports bras: Ease your way into exercise with a low impact sports bra. These bras provide comfort and movement - perfect for yoga and casual walking.
How to Choose Your Sports Bra
Now that you understand types of sports bras, it’s time to consider size and features of sports bras. Did you know more than 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size? Most women purchase a sports bra with band that is too big and a cup that is too small. Why? Because cup and band sizes vary between sports bras and everyday bras! Here are eight sports bra features to consider, that may be different from your everyday bra:
- Wide straps
- Open back
- Contoured cup
- Adjustable straps
- Back clasps
Keep in mind the type of exercise you will be doing when you think about these eight features. You will aim to choose a bra that will provide you with the right support while ensuring you are comfortable.When trying on your sports bra, don’t be afraid to go into your favorite yoga poses or run in place. Pro tip: stretch your hands up over your head. If the band creeps up, the bra is too big. Another great test to ensure your sports bra is the correct size is the finger slide. Slide a finger under the band and pull out. You shouldn’t be able to pull it more than an inch.
We Are Here For You
Still not sure which sports bra is the best choice for you? No need to worry! The staff at Confidentially Yours is trained to provide you with the best possible fit for an everyday bra, sports bra, or swimsuit. Walk-ins are always welcome, or, schedule an appointment at (217) 366-0244.