Sports Bra Tips From The “Bra Whisperer”
Women’s Health magazine has a wonderful list that everyone must see. The “8 Rules of Sports Bras” are tips from the “Bra Whisperer”, Susan Nethero.
Here are her tips (in bold), along with my own commentary and suggestions (in italics).
1. Look for bras that encapsulate each breast in a separate chamber; they reduce bounce and support better than simple shelf bras.
Translation: if you are large chested, the $10 bra from Target is not going to cut it. Spend the extra money to get the one that will hold ’em down!
2. Try to find sports bras that come in cup and band sizes rather than just small, medium, or large; they usually fit more precisely.
It is important that you find one that fits your body, not just a range on the size chart.
3. Look for strategically placed seams and stitching, which help cushion the breast. (Hate bumpy ridges under a fitted tee? Companies like Isis, Asics, and Champion make seamless bras.)
Seamless means no itching and scratching during your workout!
4. Pick high-performance fabrics that wick away sweat to minimize chafing (look for CoolMax or Double Dry).
This is a must. I don’t think they even make sports bras in cotton anymore, but read the labels just in case.
5. Own a variety of sports bras, and when in doubt, choose a higher-impact bra for a lower-impact sport–never the other way around.
Better safe than sorry. Hold them close to your body for a more comfortable workout!
6. Get fitted by an expert. You can find bra fitters at most department stores or lingerie shops.
I did not know they do fittings for sports bras but I guess it couldn’t hurt? Do the high end lingerie shops sell sports bras too?
7. Before buying, jump, swing your arms, and move around. If a bra pokes, rubs, slips, jiggles, constricts your breathing, or bulges, put it back. Also, it should fit on the first hook; as it loses elasticity over time, you’ll need room to tighten it.
Jump and dance in that fitting room! Protect your elasticity!
8. Rotate your bras and wash them regularly so you can get at least a year’s use out of each one.
Wash them on the gentle cycle and air dry if possible. Help preserve them so they can continue to preserve you!
Just like a great pair of shoes, it is important that you find a great sports bra.
How about you gang? What sports bra will you be wearing and what workout are you doing today?
No excuses, be active!