Sports bra cups and straps get a lot of the attention, but the band that hugs your rib cage is actually the most valuable player, providing 90 percent of the support, according to Susan Nethero, founder of Intimacy lingerie stores. A sports bra’s band should offer a firm fit, without slack.
The band should be a little bit tighter than your lingerie bra because it’s going to hold you in as you bounce around. The band should sit flat against your skin, just underneath your breasts, and it shouldn’t ride up in the back. We recommends choosing a bra with a hook-and-eye closure so you can adjust the band to fit more snugly or loosely depending on the intensity of your activity.
You’re not alone with your ill-fitting sports bras. In fact, 80 percent of women wear the wrong-size bra, according to a study conducted by Wacoal America in 2004. When it comes to sports bras, it’s common to want to err on the side of too small, as having everything smashed together makes you feel more supported.
But a too-tight fit is the root of most of the uglier experiences. A band that’s too snug can cause painful chafing, overly tight straps may dig into the shoulders leaving bruises and spillage is a sure thing if your breast tissue overflows your bra’s capacity. If you’re in the minority, wearing a sports bra that’s too loose, you’re not getting the support you need, which can lead to damage to the breast tissue, especially in high-impact sports.
A sports bra must prevent your breasts from bouncing, sagging and stretching. You do NOT want all your hard work getting your body healthier, fitter and awesome, to lead to breast stress, stretch marks and sagging!
The firmness of the bra depends on the type of exercise. High-intensity cardio activities demand more breast support than weight lifting moves. Chafing is another issue which is prevented by choosing a sports bra of the right fabric and make. Typically, the better the quality—and yes, expense—the greater likelihood of a good fit without chafing. But hey… your “girls” are worth protecting!
Make sure that no part of either breast is spilling out of the cup or the bra — look for the next size up if they’re being squeezed out.
When you try it on, jump up and down in the dressing room. Make sure that your breasts are supported and are not bouncing too much in the bra. High knees in place will definitely put the bounce rate to the test. Don’t worry about what other people will think if they hear you pounding the floor in the room next door. These are your babies you’re protecting, and you see them everyday. You’ll probably never see your dressing room neighbors again, and maybe hearing you will help them to know how they might test theirs too!
If the bra feels like it’s digging or cutting into your skin, try a larger size. It’s a fine line, but you’ll need to discern appropriately snug versus too tight. If it’s not comfortable now, it will only start to dig in more the longer you wear it.
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