How To Pick A Sports Bra
How To Pick A Sports Bra
I have some shocking news: most of you have been wearing the wrong type of sports bra for your body. Sports bras aren’t built to last forever (some only last for three months!) and some don’t give you enough support for strenuous activity and may only be good for low impact activities like walking, yoga or pilates.
The material stretches and the elastic straps can get stretched out causing your knockers to stop being supported, sag or worse….bounce out of place. And no one wants that happening in the middle of a busy class or on the gym floor surrounded by other gym goers. So what do you need to look for in a sports bra so that you are comfortable, supported and get the best out of your workouts? And what can you do to make your sport bra last longer?
Get Rid Of Your Old Sports Bras
First things first: out with the old and in with the new. Don’t feel bad about tossing your favourite workout bra.
But the real question is how do you know when it's time to toss your favorite sports bra? As a general rule I always say that you should replace your bra every six months to a year, at most. Basically as often as you should be replacing your workout shoes, runners or lifting shoes. Also, be on the lookout for how the bra fits. If the straps or the under elastic/wire are loose it's time to part ways because it's no longer supporting you the way it should be. This goes for women who are both small and large chested. An unsupported A cup can travels up to an inch and a half, and a D cup can bounce two to three inches when it isn’t supported properly. That just sounds uncomfortable doesn’t it?
How To Choose A Sports Bra
I know some of you are loyal to your brands but you should open your shopping preferences when choosing a sports bra. Just like shoes, purses, and men, sports brands all have something different to offer that may suit your needs better than the selection your favourite label has. So don’t be afraid to take a selection of different brands to the changing room. You just might be surprised how a new brand may work with your body.
So how do you try on good sports bra for your body? According to Susan Sokolowski, senior innovation manager for Nike in Beaverton, Oregon, "support comes from three points on a sports bra: the straps, the cups, and the band, including the side panels."
You should check the straps, cups, band and side panel of all the bras that you try on. Check to see whether they're adjustable or not, the less stretchy the front straps, the more motion control they'll provide and the more stretchy they are the less motion control they have.
Test the cups to see if they stretch as well. Once you’ve done this take note and then try the bra on. Remember the cup should hold the whole breast with no spillage, pinching or stuffing. If it does this then you need to choose the next larger cup size. If it's loose you need to try a smaller size. Also give it a little jump test or a quick movement of the exercise you plan on doing. You should feel supported but not like you are constricted or circulation is cut off. It needs to be comfortable.
Washing and Drying
Ideally you should always hand wash your sports bra. I know this isn’t always an option for someone who is very busy. Worst case scenario put it in the washer on gentle and try to put it in a lingerie bag. Once you choose a new sports bra you should also avoid throwing your sports bra in the dryer. Let it air dry or have it dry cleaned. Why? Because dryers make spandex, lycra and other similar materials less stretchy. If you are like me and have a crazy busy schedule and you absolutely do not have the time to hang dry, run the dryer on the coolest temperature setting. Also you should never use dryer sheets because they can negatively impact your bra's and any tight spandex material that is dry fit’s ability to wick moisture.