A sports bra is an essential part of your workout kit – much like running shoes, you really can’t get by without it in the gym. A good sports bra will not only reduce bounce and keep you comfortable and pain-free while you exercise, it can also help reduce permanent stretching to the support structure of your breasts that result in sagging.
Here are 9 Top Tips to look for when choosing a sports bra:
- If you’re a larger-breasted woman, you may prefer a bra with underwire support.
- Look for a bra with wide, cushioned straps and flat seams for comfort.
- The bra should be made of a material that manages moisture well.
- If you’re a smaller-breasted woman, you may prefer a crop top design or contour option.
- Cushioning behind the hook and eye avoids discomfort from any pressure against your back that results when lying on the ground, for example when doing sit-ups.
- If you’ve had breast surgery or plan to exercise in a maternity bra, be sure to speak to your bra fitter about your needs.
- When choosing a sports bra, take a few different styles with you into the fitting room. Even though the size may be the same, you’ll often find small differences in the fit and shape.
- Test your bra before buying – jump up and down in it and move your arm around to get a feel for how comfortable and supportive it is.
- Also take a few deep breaths in the bra as part of your test – like when you’re breathing heavily in the gym. You may find you need a wider circumference than you think.