How To Choose A Comfortable Sports Bra

Tips and ideas on buying a sports bra for comfort and fit.

With the last few decades' emphasis on fitness awareness, the proper exercise attire has become increasingly important. Exercise for women today does not have to be a pain in the neck. We now have a huge variety of sports bras from which to choose. With a little research, finding the right sports bra can be easier than you think.

The sports bra is a relatively new invention.The first known sports bra was created in the late seventies by two creative women who wanted more support while running. Taking their idea and putting it to practical use was a little more difficult as the only real support garments available at the time were made for men. Their creation was the first in an ever-changing process spanning nearly three decades.

While the sports bra has come a long way in the last thirty years, many women still have difficulties finding the right bra for their needs. There are questions women should ask themselves before buying a sports bra. What kind of activities will you be doing? Low impact exercise like yoga and walking? Or high impact workouts such as running and aerobics? You will want to find a sports bra that minimizes breast movement and friction. At the same time, you don't want it to hinder your physical activity.


Support is probably the most important factor when deciding on the right bra. Many women experience some degree of breast discomfort when exercising due to improper support. The ligaments within the breast are can be stretched and pulled quite easily when not properly supported during exercise. Over time with prolonged activity this can cause permanent damage and of these ligaments.

There are two basics types of sports bras: the compression bra and the encapsulation bra. Compression bras are generally the pullover types that sometimes have a cross back design. Compression sports bras help greatly reduce breast movement for many active women by pressing the breasts close to the body. The drawback of compression bras is that they aren't always the best option for women with a C cup and over.

The encapsulation bra is different from the compression bra in that it has fasteners at the front or back and can have under wire support for those with larger breasts. It also has molded cups and can look much like a regular bra, but made for extra support.

Size is a very important factor in buying a sports bra. The bra size you may wear regularly might not be the exact size you will need for a sports bra. Many women make the mistake of not wearing the right size bra. Try the bra on at the store and move in it as you would during a normal exercise routine. Lift your arms overhead. Do the straps dig into your shoulders? Does the band bunch or ride up your sternum? Bend over and check the mirror for any spillover or excessive movement. Do a couple of jumping jacks. Will the bra adequately hinder breast movement during you exercise routine? Do not let numbers and cup sizes stop you from buying a smaller or larger size than you"˜re use to. Comfort and support is the key when it comes to proper fit.

Fabric can be another important point to remember when choosing a sports bra. For sheer softness and comfort, cotton is a great choice. The drawback to cotton is its inability to breath and let moisture escape. An alternative would be a breathable fabric that draws moisture from the skin such as, Coolmax or Lycra. Many sports bra today are a blend of cotton and synthetic fabrics giving you the comfort of a sports bra that does not chafe yet can still breathe.

Women today realize it's about feeling good while you exercise. The right sports bra can make a huge difference in your comfort level while exercising. With the right equipment, staying in shape and being active is easier than ever before.

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