Choosing the Best Sports bra
Posted on September 20 2018
Some people start the year with a resolution to loose weight and get fit, but I think the new school year is a great time too. Especially as the days are still light enough to get motivated to go to the gym. With that in mind, I thought I would run through why it’s important to wear a sports bra instead of a regular bra during exercise.
So firstly, lets talk anatomy! Not many people are clued up on the muscles of the body, at least not all of them. You may know a few of the main ones like the hamstrings and biceps but do you know the ones in your breasts?
They are the pectoral muscles, but they don’t support your actual breast!! The muscle lies behind the breast tissue. The only support is from a suspensory ligament known as the “Cooper’s ligaments” and these are fine fibrous tissue that connects the skin to the pectoral muscle to maintain the breast shape. These ligaments are easily stretched, especially during weigh gain such as pregnancy and breastfeeding.
When you exercise without adequate support your breasts will literally jog with you. This is due to the kinetic energy working it’s way throughout the breast and relates to depth of the impact as well as the size of your breast. Even smaller breasts can feel the effects but they may not suffer as much.
During low impact exercise such as pilates, yoga, cycling and hiking, your breasts do not need the support for less bounce, but you may still want to restrict their movements. Whereas high impact sports like running, circuit & aerobic type classes (Jazzercise/ Clubbercise/ Zumba), tennis, horse riding and hockey you will definitely benefit from choosing the best sports bra you can afford. It’s worth the investment!
There are two forms of support; compression and encapsulation.
Compression bras do literally as the name says, compress. They squash the breasts flatter to restrict movement with a higher neckline, larger back panels and wide straps (crop top styles). Compression restricts the upwards motion.
Encapsulation bras work in a similar way to a regular underwired bra. They have two separate cups that encase each breast and a centre gore to keep the breasts anchored. To combat upward motion some manufacturers have added internal slings to restrict the movement, whereas some provide a combination of compression and encapsulation to provide the support.
There are plenty of brands out there and the sizes range from 28 up to 48 underband, so there is no need to go without.