Every active woman, irrespective of age and the kind of fitness schedule she follows, needs to have a sports bra included in her fitness wardrobe. A woman’s breasts are made of adipose tissue, mammary glands as well as an important component known as Cooper’s ligament.
Since the body does not provide any natural underlying support to breasts, lack of support during rigourous activity can cause the Cooper’s ligament to stretch and cause sagging or even pain during exercising. The most common mistake made during purchasing such an important garment is to either let someone shop for you, or believing in the adage, ‘one size fits all’.
Here are a few steps you should follow to ensure the sports bra you buy for yourself is well-suited for your purpose.
How to Find The Best Sports Bra
A lot of stores offer fitting services that can measure your size for you and help you make the best choice. However, if you would rather measure yourself in the privacy of your home, it is also a relatively simple process to follow. Make sure you are wearing a normal, non-padded bra when you take your measurements.
Use a tailor’s tape and stand in front of the mirror. Find your bust measurement by wrapping the tape around the fullest part of your chest. Find your band measurement by wrapping the tape around the ribcage right below your breasts and then add three inches to this. Subtract the bust measurement from the band measurement to get your cup size.
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Identify the purpose for which you are looking for a sports bra. Activities such as running, sports, hiking or aerobics require more support than low-motion activities such as yoga. Also, a lot of working professionals prefer wearing sports bras instead of normal bras.
Similarly, mothers og young, active toddlers also prefer wearing sports bras at home, even though they aren’t really competing in a sport. Additionally, decide whether you will be wearing the sports bra individually whilst exercising or under a t-shirt. This can affect the nature of detailing and fashion that you choose for your bra.
There are a variety of bra types that you can choose from, depending on the nature of support you are looking for. For small to medium-sized breasts, a compression bra works well as it presses the breasts against the ribcage and provides a no-bounce movement.
For larger breasted women, a natural-shaped bra is a better option as it treats each breast as an individual cup and provides support accordingly. While compression bras come as pull on bras, natural-shaping bras come with fasteners in the front or the back. A third kind of sports bra has recently begun to be available. This is the compression-encapsulation bra, which takes the features of both a compression bra as well as a natural-shaped bra and puts them together in one product.
This is aimed at women with a larger bustline, who face larger chances of chafing owing to irregular fitting. Another thing that should be kept in mind in the material one chooses to wear a bra of. Often, wearing purely cotton is not a smart choice as once it becomes wet with sweat, it remains wet. Sports bras should be made of materials that breathe well and dry quickly.