The ABCs and DDs of Finding the Right Sports Bra for Your Exercise Routine
Comfort and quality matter when it comes to finding the right sports bra for your exercise routine. Too tight and you chafe. Too loose and you lack the necessary support for optimal performance (aka an abundance of boob bounce)!
For lower impact activities like yoga or spinning, a soft, wicking pullover bra is ideal.
A compression bra that minimizes movement is better suited for high-impact activities such as running and is better for your girls than wrapping them in an Ace bandage (yes, I’m talking to you).
While a compression bra presses flat against your chest, an encapsulating sports bra separates your breasts and most resembles a normal bra.
Working out in a wireless bra or one with an underwire comes down to personal preference.
Larger-busted women may opt for a bra with an adjustable clasp over a pullover bra. Getting your bra on should not be part of your exercise routine, so a bra with a front closure may be a great option! Fun fact: trying to put a pullover bra on when you’re not fully dry from your shower will only cause frustration. How many times can that band roll up?
Finding that Perfect Fit
Knowing that 80% of women wear a wrong-sized bra, you owe it to yourself to be professionally fitted. The quad-boob is never a good look. And a cup that runneth over doesn’t pertain to bras. Once you know your size and you know the type of sports bra you’re in the market for, keep these tips in mind:
Look for moisture-wicking fabrics — polyester and nylon are great.
Wide, padded shoulder straps with minimal stretch are ideal, but your straps should not dig into your shoulders. Adjustable straps make for a better fit, but usually have an adjustable clasp.
Breasts should be fully covered, and the fit should be smooth and without puckers.
The band should fit flat against your ribcage. Look for a wide band with strong elastic for ideal comfort.
Today, sports bras are as unique and colorful as the women wearing them. Brands like Elomi, Anita, Panache, Freya, and Wacoal offer a variety of compression, front closure, wireless, underwire, and razor-back options in a multitude of sizes and colors.
When you’re shopping, bring several bras into the dressing room with you — no two bras will fit the same. Get the girls settled in and try a few jumping jacks or run in place. You’ll know right away if you found your forever bra.
Speaking of forever, a sports bra isn’t made to last forever. If you work out regularly, plan on replacing it within a year of purchase. Otherwise, it won’t be as supportive as you need.