Sports Bra: Which One To Choose In 5 Steps

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During your training session, your bra (or sports bra) must be adjusted correctly so that it can perform its function of support and not come in the way of your training. Learn in this article how to choose the right sports bra for you and what to look out for when buying and maintaining it.

Why wear a bra when exercising
Why wear a bra when exercising?

The bigger your chest, the more intense it feels with every physical effort you put in – whether you’re running, yoga, or just burpees. A small breast can stay in place during sports activities – even without support – which is not the case with a fuller breast.

Breast tissue is made up of sensitive glands, fat, and connective tissue. The breasts, as an unstable peer organ, do not on their own benefit from good support. On average, the breasts rise and fall nine centimeters per step. The heavier their weight, the more the bust is in motion.

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A good sports bra can reduce chest movement by up to 70% . This is not only more comfortable for the wearer, but also helps to preserve the elasticity of the skin and tissues.  Having what is more colloquially called “sagging breasts” can be avoided, as are back problems and poor posture. In addition, the risk of chest pain, which can occur during intensive sport, is also reduced.

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The advantages of the sports bra at a glance
A sports bra:

Provides stability and support, even during high intensity exercise.
Relieves connective tissue and supports the skin, so that the elasticity of the bust is maintained for longer.
Distributes the weight of the bust over a larger area to avoid offsets or bad postures.
Thus helps prevent chest pain during exercise.
Is generally “breathable” and absorbs sweat.

A sports bra:

Provides stability and support, even during high intensity exercise.
Relieves connective tissue and supports the skin, so that the elasticity of the bust is maintained for longer.
Distributes the weight of the bust over a larger area to avoid offsets or bad postures.
Thus helps prevent chest pain during exercise.
Is generally “breathable” and absorbs sweat.

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What makes a good sports bra?

In order for your bust to get the support it needs during exercise, your sports bra should have the following characteristics:

Being breathable, that is, absorbing sweat and repelling moisture from the outside.Offer good wearing comfort.Leave no pressure point and fit like a second skin.Match your cup size and the type of sport you practice.How to choose your sports bra in 5 steps

From the material to the size to the closure: choosing the right sports bra means ensuring that all the criteria are met.

 
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Discover here the points to consider when buying:
1. The material

So that your chest can enjoy good support for a long time, the material that covers it must be resistant and breathable, while being comfortable to wear. When buying, therefore, pay attention to the material first. Most models are cotton, merino wool, elastane, polyester and / or polyamide or nylon.

Depending on your skin sensitivity, a mixture of microfibers is particularly recommended: this can be, for example, a mixture of polyester, nylon and elastane. This combination brings together the advantages of each of the different materials.

Overview of the materials of a good sports bra:

 
Material 

 Cotton

Merino wool

Elastane

Polyester and polyamide

Benefits

– pleasant wearing

– good thermal insulation

– durable

– dries quickly

– odor inhibitor

– durable

– high wearing comfort

– elastic

– tear resistant

– breathable

– good thermal insulation

– water repellent

– dries quickly

– tear resistant

Disadvantages

– retains humidity

– dries slowly

– may be itchy
– deteriorates rapidly
– does not absorb sweat
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2. The size

The right sports bra should ensure optimal support for your breasts, and above all not get in the way during your session. Finding your size is therefore the basis of comfort. Usually, there is no standard size. Sizes vary from manufacturer and model to model.


At best, seek advice from a specialist store. To find the right bra or bra online, before purchasing, measure your chest measurement (along the nipples), as well as your under-bust measurement (under the breasts). Once the bra or brassiere is on you, you can test it by jumping in place. You chose it well if you feel comfortable wearing it and it doesn’t hurt you.

 

3. The Sport


A good sports bra is tight but doesn’t compress. When you try it, keep it on for a few more minutes and do a few jumps. If you have marks around your chest after taking your clothes off, this isn’t the one for you.

Good to know: don’t buy bras during your period. During this time, your breasts are particularly tender and may swell. This is not the general physical condition in which you are physically active. You may then buy a size that is too big for you.

4. The maintenance

A good sports bra blocks up to 70% of breast movement. For this to be possible, it must offer optimal support, in addition to being adapted to your cup size and the sport you practice:

Maintenance

Simple maintenance (low impact)

Medium hold (medium impact)

Strong hold (great impact)

Cup size

Up to cup B

Up to cup C

From cup C

Types of sport

Yoga, Pilates

Functional training, cycling, walking

Crossfit, running, combat sports

 

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5. Zipper and straps

The closure and the straps also have an influence on the comfort offered by a classic or sports bra. As a general rule, a distinction is made between bras with straight straps with or without clips, those with crossed straps.

A classic sports bra has straight straps – with or without hooks. This type is suitable for all types of breasts. If your bust is voluminous, wide straps allow you to better distribute the weight of the breasts, and thus, relieve your shoulders.

Bras with crossed straps, additional hooks and eyelets, offer more aesthetic benefits, but less support. They are suitable for a smaller breast.

The best bras have wide straps that meet at the shoulders. This cut offers extra support; it is ideal for voluminous breasts.

 

Maintenance and washing

Depending on the intensity of your workout, you should wash your sports bra after each of your sessions, or at least every other session, in addition to ventilating it well in the meantime. Don’t let it rot in your gym bag!

Most synthetic fibers are relatively sensitive to high temperatures. In order for your sports bra to retain its firmness and breathable function, it is recommended to wash it by hand or at a maximum temperature of 30-40 degrees. To make sure you’re not messing around, take a look at the label.

Avoid fabric softeners and detergents containing chlorine. After washing, let it air dry.

With proper care, a quality sports bra, even worn regularly, can last at least a year.

How to choose your sports bra: our conclusion
A sports bra:

is essential to protect your chest during sports activities.
provides wearing comfort, keeps the breast stable, prevents pain when overloaded and maintains the elasticity of the breast tissue.
is breathable, fits like a second skin and offers optimal support, adapted to the sport you practice and your cup size.
is made of a material composed of different synthetic fibers, such as nylon, elastane and polyester.
for larger breasts, it is recommended that it be ‘racerback’ and provide powerful support.
for medium sized breasts, it is recommended that it be straight straps or racerback and provide medium support.
for small breasts, if it has crossed or straight straps and offers simple support, this is usually sufficient.