Why should I wear a sports bra? Sports bras reduce the amount of movement your breasts experience when you exercise. Our breasts can swing as much as 5 inches up and down and side to side during strenuous exercise. This movement is not only uncomfortable and can result in chafing; it also weakens the ligaments that holds our breasts up and can hasten breast sagging.
Do sports bras prevent sagging? Sadly no; sagging is caused by gravity and time. Nothing prevents it. But a good sports bra can prevent the bouncing you experience while exercising from giving gravity a helping hand. It's the movement of our breasts during exercise that stretches the ligaments. Once the ligaments are stretched out, only surgery can return them to their previous condition.
Isn't a regular bra just as good? Regular bras are not designed to hold your breasts in place when you exercise. Studies show that wearing a good sports bra prevents about twice the breast movement during exercise as an everyday bra.
Why do I need to wear two bras to get the support I need? Sports bras are designed to support different levels of activity from light to heavy. If you wear two bras to get the support you need, you should try a sports bra designed for more strenuous activity. Pure Lime rates their sports bras as being appropriate for medium impact or high impact activities. And larger busts need more support than smaller busts. You may also find that the Level 4 sport bras by Shock Absorber are very supportive for high impact activities.
If you want a really supportive sports bra check out the Enell Sports Bra. It is widely considered the most supportive sports bra available, especially for large-breasted women. It's designed to allow you to participate in the most active sports with minimal bounce.
How do I know if I'm getting enough support from my sports bra? The best way is to wear it while you exercise. If you experience a lot of bouncing, you need more support. If the bouncing is minimal you're getting the support you need.
I hate the way I look in a sports bra; it makes me look like I have a large lump across my chest. Why? You're probably wearing a compression style sports bra that holds your breasts tightly against your chest. Examples of compression sports bras are the Champion Compression Vented Sports Bra 6793 and the Pure Lime Compression Support Bra 0065.
You might prefer an encapsulation style sports bra that provides individual support to each breast giving you a more natural silhouette. Examples of encapsulation sports bras are the Freya Underwire Sports Bra AA4492 and the Champion Powerback Underwire Sports Bra 1694.
Which sports bra is right for me? There's no one answer to this question. Every woman's breasts are different and the magnitude of our activities varies from long walks to high intensity competitive sports. That's why Big Girls Bras carries a variety of sports bras appropriate for a range of activities. As always we're available on Facebook and through Customer Service at (866) 352-4494 to answer your questions and help you find the best bra for you.
And don't forget like your athletic shoes, sports bras wear out. If you notice an increase in bouncing while exercising or the fabric shows extensive wear, it's time to replace your sports bra.