The invention of the Sports Bra was truly an amazing, liberating, empowering moment for women. Before sports bras came along, active women had to endure painful bouncing and the unwanted attention and premature sagging that came along with it.
Since that fateful time, sports bras have evolved from the original jog bra - literally two jock straps sewn together - to an entire industry dedicated to incorporating the most supportive, comfortable, fabrics into some incredibly engineered and highly tested designs. Sports bras are now designed for the different support levels women need according to activity and the industry is also now beginning to understand the different needs of varied sizes. Here at Big Girls Bras, we've hand-selected the best of the best and break it down for you so you can find your perfect sports bra and get back to action.
The two most important factors in getting the right sports bra are size and exercise impact level.
Making sure you have the right size is important because a sports bra that's too loose will be ineffective and one that's too tight will be too painful to wear. It's best to get a fresh fitting every time you buy a new sports bra to ensure it will be a perfect fit.
Once you've got your size down, think about what activities you'll need your sports bra for. Generally speaking, exercise and physical activity can be grouped into impact levels based on how much they will make you bounce.
Low impact is great for leisurely walking, weight training, biking, gardening, or yoga.
Medium impact would include power walking, hiking, skiing, golfing, skating, or elliptical training.
High impact includes running, aerobics, boxing, kickboxing, mountain biking, horseback riding, playing tennis, racquetball, volleyball, or soccer or other intense workouts.
Sports Bras for Large Breasts
Women with large breasts need support that's specifically designed for their bodies. Traditional sports bras work by compression, flattening the breasts as one unit as close to the chest wall as possible. This can work fine for smaller breasts or low impact activities, but the higher impact your exercise is and the larger your chest is, the more support you will need.
New sports bra technology has brought about encapsulation support. Encapsulation (molded) separates the breasts and supports each one individually within its own cup; encapsulation and compression are often used together for extra support.
Sports bras designed for larger breasts usually also have other distinct features, like comfortable underwire support, moulded cups, wide padded straps, hook and eye closures, and wide underbands. Check out some of our favorite sports bras for large breasts.
How Do I Know if It's Time for a New Sports Bra?
If you've been exercising in a regular bra, it's a great time to see what a difference an athletic bra can make. Most quality sports bras are made with light weight moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you cool and dry while you're working out. Sports bras keep breasts from bouncing significantly more than a standard bra can. And sports bras are designed to prevent chafing.
If you're already wearing a sports bra but notice that the fabric is pilling, the fit seems looser, or that your breasts seem to have more movement during exercise, it's time for a new sports bra. A basic rule of thumb is that no well-used sports bra should celebrate a birthday! Find the best sports bra for you here.
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