The up front facts - Taken from a report by Gemma Carr - FitPro
Apparently a large number of female gym members still do not wear a sports
bra for their workout. It is a myth that only women with large breasts should
wear a support bra. The smaller chested lady should not go without some kind
of support either whilst working out. Long-term damage can occur regardless
According to recent research 56% of women experience breast pain when they
exercise and it has been found to be one of the most common reasons for women
giving up exercise.
It is not only saggy boobs that you have to contend with however, think of
the comfort factor. Vigorous activity causes the breast to move up and down
and side to side. This can cause irreparable damage to the small Cooper’s
ligaments. These ligaments are thin strands of connective tissue, which are
interwoven into the breast. Well-endowed ladies will often experience tension
and strain in the upper and lower back and neck.
One more condition, which may be exaggerated by the lack of a good sports
bra, is jogger’s nipple. This painful condition is a friction burn, and
although more common in men than in women, can be prevented by wearing correctly
Prevention is better than cure for all of the above.
There are many different sports bras suitable for all. The pullover style
is for the smaller chest (A & B cup) and works by flattening the chest
and thus restricting movement. The encapsulation style for c up and above manages
each breast separately, hence offering more no-bounce support for high levels
• Your bra should fit snugly under the bust without being uncomfortably
All of your bust should fit in the bra without any bulges out the side
The shoulder straps should not dig in (for larger busts wider straps are more
As we are all different you may have to try on several bras before you find
the one, which is just right for you.
Remember the more vigorous the exercise the more you will need support i.e.
for running or aerobics you will need more support than for doing weights in
the gym or walking.
So be comfortable, be sensible and enjoy your exercise.
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