Why Do You Need Sport Bras When you Work Out?

So you have finally made up your mind to work out, and to lose that stubborn extra fat in the wrong places. Before you get started with an exercise program, lets check if you have the right gear, for your workout to be most affective. Workout clothes check, proper sports shoes check, determination check, what about the all important sports bra?

Working out without a proper supportive sports bra is like driving without a seat belt for a woman. Wondering why would you need a separate bra just to work out, then lets look at some facts.

Most forms of workouts and exercises make your breasts bounce during the course of the workout. Breasts are mostly composed of fatty tissue and are supported mainly by skin and fragile ligaments called Coopers’ ligaments. Because these are not elastic, during repetitive or high impact sport the breasts bounce and pull on the ligaments, forcing them to stretch. Once these ligaments have stretched they stay this way and nothing can change it unless you are contemplating surgery. The result is ofcourse every woman’s nightmare – sagging breasts. Going without the correct support can also cause breast pain and upper back and shoulder problems.

Further, running without any bra at all causes the average woman’s breasts to move up and down by 8.5cm. Wearing an ordinary bra reduces this by 32 per cent. While a sports bra reduces this by at least another 20 per cent more.

Sports bras were only invented in 1977 when two women invented a joggers bra by sewing two jockstraps together. Now there are several companies producing increasingly sophisticated designs.

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There are two basic types: those which compress the breasts flat against the chest – which look like crop tops – and those which hold the breasts in the same way as a normal bra. As a general rule, compression-style bras offer enough support for women with breasts sized 32 -34A doing all forms of exercise and 34-36B for low-impact sports. For everyone else, the second type of bra is more suitable.

Also, sports bras are super comfortable especially during an intense workout, where you don’t need to worry about straps falling down, hooks becoming loose, the bra riding up, or the sweating ruining your expensive lacey numbers or the breasts popping out.  By wearing a sports bra you are also able to regulate the temperature of your body a little better because most sports bras are made out of fabrics that won’t make you as hot and sweaty.

There are various companies that are offering good sports bras in different styles and colours and these are easily available online and in retail stores. Although if you are not sure of your size (post-pregnancy), it would be beneficial to visit a store and let the sales executive help you find the correct fit by trying on a couple of sports bras before buying.

So hopefully by now you have either ordered online or gone out to the store and gotten yourself a good well fitted and supportive sports bra depending on the intensity of your proposed workout plans. Lets rock that exercise program now ladies!!!

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