If you’ve been inspired to get active after a spell of relative sedentary-ness recently (we’ve all been there!), it’s likely that you’ll need to invest in a few key pieces of kit before you get moving.
From trainers which don’t send your feet to a world of blistered pain, to headphones which won’t fall out of your ears very five seconds, there’s a fair bit of equipment you’ll want to prepare before you hit the road or the gym. But before the shoes, the socks and the gadgets, the most crucial piece of clothing for any woman has to be a good sports bra.
When we run, our breasts can move up to three inches with every single step. The effect varies depending on cup size, but for every body, the impact of this stress and strain can be very band news, causing immediate discomfort and even long term sagging.
That’s why its to crucial to invest in your breasts! This quick guide will give you a few pointers to help you choose the perfect sports bar for your body and your exercise regime.
1.Know Your Needs
Everybody’s body is different,which is why sports bras come in so many different shapes and styles. Here are a few key variations to keep in mind:
- Compression & Encapsulation – Compression bras provide a “shelf”-like support and work well for smaller cup sizes and low impact workouts. Encapsulation options have distinct cups and “hold” each breast securely in place – essential for larger cups and high impact workouts.
- Racerback & Wide Straps – The back and shoulders of your sports bra are essential aspects of the support each garment provides. Racerbacks provide more support, cinching the bra at the back to pull it closer to the body. Wide straps are better at offering better weight distribution and adjustability which are essential for larger cup sizes.
- Pullovers & Clasps – Claspless bras which pull over your head are good for offering greater back coverage and support from behind which works well for smaller cups. Sports bras with clasps are able to offer the adjustable levels of tightness necessary for larger sizes.
2.Test the Stretch
When trying out a sports bra, make sure you give the straps a good tug. Anything with excessive stretch will not provide the support you need.
3.Snap The Band
In the changing room, slide a finger under the band at the bottom of your sports bra, between your breasts. If you can pull the band over an inch away from your body, it is too big and not supportive enough.
Do you have any helpful tips for choosing a good sports bra? Do you have any recommended brands or garments? Have your say below.