If you have large breasts, you know the discomfort of trying to run or do jumping jacks. That’s why you need to invest in the perfect sports bra. The right one will give you the support you need and protect your breasts from damage that occurs when they aren’t fully supported. Once you have the right sports bra, you can look forward to effective workouts that aren’t too bouncy. Here are the experts’ best tips.
1. The Straps Are the Big Thing to Consider
The right straps on your sports bra will make all the difference when it comes to support. They’ll hold your breasts up and keep them from jiggling all over the place while you exercise. You want straps that stretch less in the back than in the front. Look for straps that are also thick, which ensure that your breasts stay in place while you move around.
2. Choose Your Perfect Style
This is especially important if you work out in your sports bra without a shirt or tank over it. You’re much more likely to commit to exercise when you feel like you look cute while you’re doing it. That makes it a good idea to look for a sports bra that you like and that you look forward to putting on for your run. Look for the necessities in colors and cuts that you feel comfortable in and you’ll be good to go.
3. Look for Bras with a Cup and Band Size
Many sports bras come in size small, medium or large. That’s usually ok if you have smaller breasts, but if yours are larger, look for a sports bra that is sized in the cup and the band. This will give you much more support and allows for a precise fit that holds your breasts in place, no matter what exercise you’re doing. Ask for a professional fitting if you need help finding the right size.
4. You’ve Got to Have Separate Cups
You can get away with an encapsulation style of sports bra if you’re small chested. That’s not the case if you have large breasts. Having each of them in their own separate cup gives you more support and helps hold larger breasts down and prevents the bounce that happens when you work out. Don’t worry – they’re not that hard to find.
5. Forget about V-Neck Styles
Experts at Shape magazine strongly discourage you from choosing a sports bra that has a V-neck. Because your boobs bounce up more than down when you exercise, a V-neck won’t give you the support you need. They might be really cute, but you’re much better off forgoing them in favor of something that holds your breasts down more.
6. Give It a Try before You Commit
Never, ever buy a sports bra without trying it on first. Even if you’re sure it’s the right size. Manufacturers often vary slightly and one brand might fit while another will be too small or too large. Always go into the fitting room and put the bra on. Then do a little jog in place and a few jumping jacks to make sure it’s supportive. If you do buy and decide it’s not right for you, don’t be afraid to return it.
7. Replace Your Sports Bra Often
Like running shoes, a sports bra has a certain number of uses in it before it starts to wear out and stops giving you the support you need. Because you wash it after each use, deterioration speeds up. If your sports bra is showing any signs of wear, such as loose threads, a poor fit or too much movement, it’s time to toss it and buy a new one.
Are you ready to find the perfect sports bra? What kind of exercise will you wear it for?