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Choosing the Right Sports Bra
When women exercise, they need the right sports bra. Get the support you need with these sports bra-shopping tips.
By Diana Rodriguez
Medically Reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD
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Just as you wouldn't go running in jeans and flip-flops, you shouldn’t run or exercise in your ordinary bra. Physical activity causes the breasts to bounce, so a good sports bra that supports the breasts is essential.
Without proper support, your breasts may eventually start to sag and stretch, which can cause discomfort while you're exercising. Breasts may rub against the surrounding skin or each other, or against the fabric of your bra, which can lead to painful chafing. Your breasts may also perspire, so you need a sports bra that pulls moisture away from the skin.
What to Look for in a Sports Bra
When you're shopping for a sports bra, look for styles that meet these criteria:
- Separation between cups.If you have large breasts — generally, cup size C or larger — look for a sports bra that has two separate cups with a divider between them. Underwire construction will offer more support, as will a wide band around the chest.
- Sturdy compression bras.For smaller-breasted women, a compression sports bra made of a sturdy, breathable fabric will work well. These bras don't have hooks in the back; they just slide over your head.
- Wide shoulder straps.Straps should be wide and feel comfortable on your shoulders, and not made of stretchy or elastic material.
- Out-of-the-way seams.You don't want the seams of your sports bra rubbing or chafing sensitive areas as you exercise, so make sure seams are in places that won't bother you during your workout.
- Sideways stretch.Your sports bra should allow for some stretching to fit your breasts comfortably, but shouldn't stretch up and down or allow your breasts to bounce.
Getting the Right Fit in a Sports Bra
Once you know it's a well-made, supportive sports bra, you need to make sure it fits you properly for maximum support and comfort. Here’s what to check for:
- Complete breast coverage.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.
- Comfort when you breathe.With the sports bra on, breathe in deeply and evaluate how you feel. Is the bra too tight when you take a deep breath? If it is, look for a larger size.
- Comfort when you move.If the bra feels like it's digging or cutting into your skin, try a larger size.
- The back doesn’t ride up.If the sports bra sits higher on your back than around the front of your chest, it's probably too big. A bra that fits correctly will fit snugly and evenly all around your chest.
- Fit of the cups.If you're wearing a sports bra with two separate cups, the divider between them should be touching your chest. If it doesn't, you need a bigger size.
- Support as you move.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. Make sure the bra fits comfortably, and that you can move easily without feeling restricted.
The more intense and physical your form of exercise, the more supportive your bra needs to be. If you're taking a walk, riding a bike, or lifting weights, the support of the bra is less important than if you're participating in a high-impact fitness activity like running, horseback riding, or basketball. For activities that may cause significant discomfort to the breasts, wearing two bras together — a compression bra on top of a bra with separate cups — can provide the best comfort and protection. And keep in mind that the larger your breasts are, the more support you need, even for lower-impact activities.
No matter which type of support you need, the right sports bra is an essential piece of athletic equipment for women who are exercising.
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