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Sports Bras: What are Impact Levels?
When you’re shopping for a sports bra, you’ll see bras designed for low-impact activities like yoga in the same category as bras for high-impact activities like running or other cardio.
While these may all be sports bras, they don’t all work for all activities.
If you’re shopping for a sports bra for a specific activity, look for a sports bra designed for that activity. The sports bra for running is going to have a much more rigorous support system than one designed for yoga.
Not all sports bras are made alike, and matching the right sport bra with the right activity matters.
Figure out what you want to do with your sport bra before you go shopping, and find the right bra for your exercise requirements.
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.