Using a suitable bra for sports is essential for high athletic performance.
Recent research has shown that 80% of people, especially women, wear the wrong bra for sporting activities. Struggling through a workout in the wrong sports bra sucks. Let us guide you through each step in choosing the perfect bra for your sports.
When you run, the unique motion of running makes your breast move in a figure of eight movements, sometimes up and down, sometimes making eight inches. This rapid motion puts Cooper's ligaments under strain – the fragile connective tissues that help support your breast. You may experience soreness and damages to your breast if such rapid movements aren't checked.
When you use a good sports bra, it can cut this random motion of your breast by 53% to 59%. A recent discovery by Joanna Wakefield – Scurr, Ph.D. who is a sports scientist from the University of Portsmouth in the UK, shows that a continuous bouncing of the breast affects support structures of the breast. This High Impact Sports Bra can support your breast and enable it to remain firm as you jug, run, play soccer, and tennis.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE PERFECT SPORTS BRA?
When picking a bra from the mall, here are the factors you should consider
DOES THE BRA FIT MY BREAST?
Considering the size is the first and most crucial decision to select the perfect sports bra for your exercise. Here are the steps in finding a comfortable bra
Step 1: Find Your Band Size
To find your band size, take few measurements or ask a friend to help out. Measure above the bust, just below the armpit. Measuring below the figure provides incorrect sizing for women with specific shapes of ribcages.
Step 2: Find Your Cup Size
Measure around the packed section of your bust while ensuring that the tape is kept stable and a bit loose. Round this measurement to the closes inch and subtract the already measured band size to obtain the difference.
Having known your band size, use the chart below to know your actual cup size.
CUP SIZES - Difference (bust size – band)
|CUP SIZE||BAND SIZE|
Step 3: Find Your Support Level
Your choice of a bra should depend on a purpose. Just like you won't like to wear shorts while going to the church, you sure might not want to wear your yoga bra for a morning run. Because different activities create different levels of impact, you should use fitting bras for the right exercises. Three other support levels are used to match bra types and the impact levels.
- High–impact support is used for rigorous activities like running and biking.
- Medium–impact support can be used for hiking and cross-training.
- Low-impact support is helpful for yoga and weightlifting activities.
DOES THE BRA HAVE THE REQUIRED FEATURES?
Many features such as compression, encapsulation, racerback, cross-back, scoop-back, convertible straps, moulded cups and contoured cups, respectively, determine the support and modesty of a bra.
DO YOU LOOK AND FEEL GOOD IN THE BRA?
The right bra for you should be the one that gives you comfort while wearing them and make you feel superb. Both the bras' colour and texture should give you an extra dose of confidence while doing exercise.
HOW LONG CAN A GOOD SPORTS BRA LAST?
Note: You should only keep your sports bra for 12 months.
To take care of your bra,
- Follow the care instructions strictly.
- Wash and dry properly.
- Rotate between your sports bras; don't use just one all the time!
Check Eliq – Apparel for a complete list of good sports bra.