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Picking the perfect sports bra for you

Posted on January 15 2013

We're two weeks into the new year, but your resolve may have already started to sag. Don't give up on your healthy resolutions because of your sports bra! A sports bra is not a "one size fits all" accessory for your workout and an uncomfortable fit can be a major deterrent to keeping to your wellness routine. Here are a few steps and tips for finding your ideal fit and one less excuse to stop you from reaching your goals.

Sports bra style

  • Everyone has different sized breasts. A sports bra that works well for someone with DD cups is not going to work well for a woman with B cups.
    • Cups AA, A and B:
      • Compression style bra
      • Pullover
      • Minimal bounce
    • Cups C and D:
      • Combination of compression and encapsulation works (a divider that separates each breast into its own area)
    • Cups DD and above
      • Encapsulation bra (prevents the unflattering uniboob - you know what we're talking about)
    • Cups D and above (general advice):
      • Definitely find a bra with separate cups, whether or not it has compression
      • Make sure the sports bra has a wide band
      • Don't be afraid to try one with underwire
      • Don't wear two bras! Finding the right sports bra for your shape means you can feel supported and comfortable with just one!

FittingĀ the perfect sports bra

  • The larger the breasts, the wider the straps (usually)
    • Wider straps distribute the weight of the breasts evenly across your shoulders instead of digging into the skin
  • The bra should have sideways stretch so your breasts are not just comfortable "facing forward," but also out to the side
  • Try to find a bra with no seams or seams on the back to avoid chafing under your arms or in your armpit
  • Use the Goldilock's principle
    • The bra is too small: your breasts pop out of the top, side or bottom; the back rides up
    • The bra is big: excess fabric, usually in the straps
  • Can you you take deep breaths in? Breathing is an important part of the workout (and living) process
  • Choose moisture-wicking fabric; you don't want a sports bra that is going to stay drenched in sweat
  • Jumping up in down in the dressing room is the only way to test your new sports bra, so don't be embarrassed
Remember to replace your sports bra when it loses its elasticity, you lose weight or every six to 12 months, to make sure you stay supported all year long. Photo credit: Flickr user lululemon athletica. Used with permission through Creative Commons.

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