Do You Need a Sports Bra?
I’ve often joked that the reason I’m not a runner is because I’d have to wear three bras. I’ve never quite found a good sports bra until I started to actually research what makes for the best support.
In buying a sports bra, I’ve learned 6 things to keep in mind. First, look for a bra that has separate cups instead of the uniboob compression kind. Since breast tissue moves in a figure-eight pattern when you run, walk, or jump, using a bra with cups will support you better.
Then, look for a sports bra that has special fabrics designed to support and wick away moisture. For maximum breathability, seek out sweat-wicking fabric with air holes, ideally under the breast and across the back.
Look for a sports bra with a band that doesn’t move. It should fit snugly and comfortably. If you raise your hands above your head the band should not move. If it’s up your rib cage, try a smaller band. If the bra has straps, try adjusting them.
Look for a sports bra with a proper cup size. There shouldn’t be any bulging at the top or by the underarm. The cups shouldn’t have any wrinkles or gaps. If the cup fabric is wrinkled, try a smaller size.
Lastly, look for a sports bra with comfortable straps. Many offer adjustable straps. Adjust them to feel supportive without digging into your shoulders.
It doesn’t matter what size breasts you have, every woman experiences bouncing during physical activity.