The demand for sports bras has been increasing due to the popularity of sports and the consciousness of health. But just like regular bras, many women are not wearing the right type of sports bra when performing motion activities. Most workout causes the breast to move in vigorous up and down motion which strains the cooper’s ligaments (the tissues that support your breast) in a huge strain. Continuous straining on the cooper ligaments without proper support, may cause it to stretch and eventually sag the breast, and in the worst case scenario, tears. Here is what you need to look out for when finding the right fit.
1) Level Of Support
There are three levels of support in a sports bra. The type of support you need depends on your cup size and the type of workout you do.
i) Low Impact: This isused for stretching or walking, are often cut like a crop-top and are, on the whole, made from thinner material.
ii) Medium Impact:This is a mix between low and high impact activities. It can be used for activities like dancing, cycling. Medium impact sports bras can be used for certain high impact activities however it is not best suited for those with larger breast size.
iii) High Impact: Running, jumping, aerobics or any other vigorous movements are types of activities that maximum construction sports bra can support.
In general, the best thing you can do is always opt for a maximum support sports bra.
2) Size Charts Are Your Guru
(Energized sports bra size chart)
The next step after identifying the impact level you need the sports bra for, is finding the right size.
i) First you would need to measure around your rib cage under your bust. Make sure the tape is snug well but enough to fit two fingers together. This is so that the sports bra is comfortable enough for breathing and movements.
ii) Second is your bust measurement. Measure the fullest part of your bust and again make sure the tape is snug enough to fit around the bust and two fingers.
iii) Finally, subtract the rib cage measurement from your bust measurement. The difference is your suggested cup size.
3) Red Flags
Finding the right sports bra may be trickier than just understanding your cup size as different brands have different interpretations of cup sizes. You will need to try on the actual product to find the right fit. Here are some things you may want to avoid when getting a sports bra.
1) Extreme Tightness:A sports bra is usually tighter than a regular bra but shouldn't restrict breathing. It should be able to fit two fingers between the straps.
2)Riding: If the band rides up it's usually a sign it's too big, though it is possible that the straps or the back closure may need adjusting.
3)Winkles:Wrinkles in the fabric usually means that the cup is too big. The fabric of the cup should be smooth.
4)Free Size: Sports bras shouldn’t be generic sizes. The next time you see any sports bra labelled free size, RUN!
5)Double Boob: At times your perfect cup size may not be so perfect after all. Some sports bras may be labelled to fit your cup size but If you find yourself having double boob, you know that it is too small.
Finding the perfect sports bra requires trial and error but when you find the perfect one, it may become difficult to part with. You can always opt to seek professional help if you still find it tricky to find one.
Energized sports bras are designed to provide the ultimate comfort and best fit for women of all sizes. You can shop our sports bra online or at the nearest retail stores near you. On a side note, you can also purchase lingerie online at our official website together with any of our activewear. If you’re looking for a sports bra online Malaysia, head on over to www.pierrecardinlingerie.com.my your one stop lingerie shop for both activewear and lingerie.