There’s more to sports bras than adding a pop of color to your gym gear. A sports bra can make or break your workout – with a good one, everything’s in the right place and you look as hot as one can while breaking a sweat on the Stairmaster, Jumping Jacks, Skipping ropes; wear the wrong fit, and you’ll leave the gym with sore muscles and sore boobs, which is a bummer all around.
Wrong notion that it fits like a regular bra:
Don’t automatically buy the sports bra that matches your size at any of the fancy expensive stores like Victoria Secret or a sports shop like Nike. Remember a sports bra should feel snug on your body. You should be able to breathe comfortably, but feel supported. It should fit more snugly than a lingerie bra.
It should not ride up:
The band should fit straight across your rib cage. If you feel it riding up in the front or pulling up in the back, you will not be getting the full benefit of support and comfort that a sports bra should be providing you. Most active wear stores have specialists that can help you find the right size, so you’re not guessing please call for help and they will be happy to oblige
Change is required. Old is not gold:
Do you ever wear two sports bras at once? There’s nothing wrong with that and no one can argue about what makes you comfortable. But if you’re doing it because you’re lazy to buy a new one then it’s not a right choice. Many women have bras that are old and need replacing, but they continue to wear them long after they have stopped providing support. Replacing your bras on a yearly basis will help for overall support.
Your Girlies are bouncing — a lot.
No matter what, there will always be a little bounce when you’re working out. But a sports bra will help to minimize both the up and down and side to side bounce that happens when we are in motion. You should feel ‘contained’ but still be able to breathe. If you notice a lot of bounce, you need to replace your bra and find one more suitable to your body and your activities.
Less the cleavage seen the better:
There’s nothing wrong with a little cleave. You shouldn’t see cleavage in a sports bra. Your breasts should be fully covered in the cup and there shouldn’t be spillage under the arm or cleavage showing. If this happens, you should look at trying on a size up or a different design of sports bra. Look for the expert to guide you. The uniboob is created by the fabric compressing [the breasts together] against the body. There are bras that provide more shapely support where the breast is encapsulated in a cup. There are options if you don’t want a uniboob!
Please don’t feel happy about you’re buying the cheapest option:
The sports bra is an item on which no budgeting should be done, at least not the strict one. The materials used in some of the more expensive sports bras help provide support and reduce bounce – the main reasons you are buying the bra in the first place. An inexpensive bra may feel fine at first, but the materials can quickly fail and leave you stuck buying another real soon, or just leaving you without support.
You are inviting other unhygienic skin issues and odour if you don’t wash it regularly. Some people do skip washing to keep sports bras from shrinking. Don’t do that. It’s important to launder your bras after each workout to remove the sweat and deodorant – they can cause the materials to break down leading to reduction in support to your boobs.