The Right Sports Bra For You

    A woman wearing a pink bra top and white pants stretching her arm

    Which sports bra is the best sports bra for you?

    Every active woman, regardless of her breast size, should have a decent sports bra in her fitness wardrobe. Not only do these specially designed bras offer better support and more comfort than a regular bra, they also help minimize movement during your workout. Exercising in the wrong bra can lead to more than discomfort. A number of issues, including tension in the arms and shoulders and restricted breathing, can occur if the band is too tight.

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    A woman’s breasts are composed primarily of adipose (fatty) tissue, mammary glands, connective tissue, and the Cooper’s ligament, which keeps the breast firm and prevents sagging. Because the underlying chest muscles do not support breast tissue, exercising in anything other than a well-fitted sports bra can stretch the Cooper’s ligament, leading to greater sagging and even pain during exercise.

    Finding the right sports bra for you can be a daunting task when there are hundreds of styles from which to choose!  Believe it or not, just any old sports bra won’t supply the support you need to prevent sagging, stretching or pain related to exercise. One size certainly doesn’t fit all. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re shopping:

    Are You Wearing The Wrong Sports Bra?

    Aspects of design—straps, cushion and variation—can affect a woman’s physical performance.

    Studies show that women running in a cushioned, crossed-back bra experienced greater comfort and less pressure, or tightness, on their shoulders. Breast displacement is also significantly less compared with no straps.

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