The New Year is coming and that means it’s time to set your goals for the future. Many New Year’s resolutions often have to do with health and wellness (like going to the gym!) and for women this may mean getting the proper equipment. A correctly fitting sports bra may be the most important thing in your gym bag this new year.
A recent study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that 17% of women reported that they considered their breasts a barrier to participation in physical activity. Women often struggle to find a properly fitting sports bra and are embarrassed by excessive breast movement during activity.
Breasts are made of soft tissue and what holds breasts in place are the surrounding skin, the internal Copper’s ligament, genetics, and gravity. Any permanent stretching of these structures can cause the breasts to droop or sag. If proper support is not provided during exercise the breasts may sag prematurely or lead to stress on the back muscles. Long-term strain can then lead to back, shoulder, chest, and even arm pain. If things continue to go on without correction it may lead to headaches, scarring, rashes, chaffing, and improper posture.
No matter what the breast size it is important to get a sports bra that gives the proper support.
The most common mistake women make when purchasing a sports bra is buying one with a smaller cup size and larger band than they need.
If you can’t get help from a professional fitter at your local store, try the following websites for help and information on making the proper purchase.
Websites for sizing:
http://championsportsbras.com(click on the bra finder tab)
http://movingcomfort.com(go to sports bra tab)
Remember there are many options available. Take the time to find the one that works best for your body type.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.