With the New Year come new resolutions. One of the most common ones among women aged 18 to death is to lose weight. Every year, gyms across the country see an influx of signups as resolutioners flock to hit the treadmill and once and for all, lose those extra pounds. But let us not forget the most important part of working out is having the proper sports bra. Without one, you risk paying more attention to the movement of your breasts than to the movement of your muscles. Read on for answers to your most pressing sports bra questions to ensure your workouts are smooth and successful.
Q: What are the different types of sports bras?
A: You can select your sports bra depending on the type of activity you’ll be doing. For more intense exercises, you should opt for a high-impact sports bra like the Shock Absorber Run Sports Bra. If you’re going to be doing yoga or similar mild exercises, choose a low to medium impact sports bra like the Anita Active Medium Impact Sports Bra.
You can also choose between underwire and non-underwire sports bras. While your sports bra should be snug (even snugger than your regular bra), it doesn’t necessarily have to have an underwire to provide support. Whether or not you wear an underwire is a matter of personal preference.
Q: How should my sports bra fit?
A: The main purpose of wearing a sports bra is to limit excessive bouncing and to compress and encapsulate your breasts so that they are stationary while you’re not. For this type of fit, your band should be snug – even snugger than your regular bra. You don’t need a smaller cup size to hold your bust down – the bra is designed to do that for you.
Q: What are the best bras for petites? Plus Size?
A: When selecting a sports bra, first narrow down what activity you’ll be doing. Once you know if your sport is low, medium or high impact, you can then narrow down by your size.
Q: Do all sports bras give you the uni-boob look?
A: Ah, the dreaded uni-boob. No one likes the look but unfortunately it is a necessary evil with soft cup bras. Sports bras work by compressing your breasts so that they don’t jiggle when you’re being active. The good news is that you can avoid the look by opting for a bra with underwires. This will create a more feminine silhouette which is ideal if you need to go out after the gym.
Q: What other features are important when selecting a sports bra?
A: One of the most important features of any bra is the material. This is even more important when it’s your sports bra. Because you’ll be working out and subsequently sweating (sometimes excessively), you’ll want to stick to moisture-wicking materials that won’t absorb sweat. When shopping for your bra, make sure to look at the fit support to see the materials used.
Q: What are the benefits of wearing a sports bra?
A: Sports bras are beneficial because they reduce the force high-impact sports may have on your breasts. Women with larger breasts know just how painful it can be to walk around, much less jump around, unsupported.
Q: How many sports bras should I own?
A: You should own one sports bra for every day you work out. If you work out twice a week, have two on rotation. If you work out four to five days a week, try to have at least four on rotation. Because you sweat much more in a sports bra than in a regular bra, you should wash your bra after every wear, especially if you’re doing high-impact sports.
Q: I plan on losing a lot of weight. What size should I buy?
A: You should always buy the size that you are now. You never know what shape your breasts will be when you lose the weight so whatever bra you buy for your expected size could become obsolete. Why yes, that actually is the sound of money being flushed down the toilet. If you’re concerned about buying too many bras as you lose weight, stick to non-underwire sports bras because they are more forgiving if they are slightly too big.
Q: I have very large bosoms. Should I wear two sports bras?
A: No! If one isn’t doing the job for you, it’s either too lose or it’s not high enough impact for your activity. A good-fitting sports bra will be snug and supportive and you’ll only need one to do the job. If you find yourself having to wear two sports bras when you work out, I’d recommend getting fit for a new one.