Right. Time for a sensible and hopefully helpful post. Fellas, this one isn’t for you. Unless you have boobs. Or like boobs. In fact no. It’s not for you.
After a chat with Christine Bertram over on The Twitter, I feel compelled to write about the benefits of having a properly fitted sports bra.
Some of you who know me personally (lucky you) will know what my day job is. For those that don’t, when I’m not out pounding pavements or being killed by my bike, I am a fitter and a buyer for Lingerie. I first trained as a fitter in 2003. I’ve been working with it since.
One of the things I see frequently other than women in poorly fitted bras, is women in poorly fitted sports bras or no sports bra at all. Let me be quite frank here:
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SIZE YOU ARE. IF YOU DO NOT WEAR A PROPERLY MADE SPORTS BRA THAT FITS YOU ARE CAUSING IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO YOUR BREAST TISSUE.
Did I make that clear?
So. Some science. In our boobs, we have things called Cooper’s Ligaments. These help support the breast tissue and once they begin to stretch they will not go back. Even with surgery. These can slacken with age, but most commonly with inadequate support.
For a long time it was believed that running or “vigorous movement” (giggidy) produced a vertical pattern of movement in the breasts. Actually it’s now been proven that it causes a figure of 8 movement and that is what does the damage.
So. How do you know if you are wearing a correctly fitting bra? Here’s some tips:
- When were you last measured? Fitters recommend a fit every 6 months. Especially if you’re active or losing weight. Body shape can change a lot in that time.
- Go independent. Find a local lingerie shop or independent department store. Their fitters generally have more broad knowledge and experience than in high street stores limited to own-brand products.
- Do some googling. Find out what’s popular!
- Try some on! A bra will always feel tight at first. Not restrictive. But you should be aware of it supporting you around your ribs.
- Sometimes boobs hurt after exercise. If they are very painful around the top of the breast, they are likely not getting adequate support.
So often I see girls in the gym who are just wearing a normal t shirt bra on the treadmill. I want to say something but there’s no easy way to broach the subject without coming across as a mental. “Hi. I’ve noticed your boobs…”
So ladies. Please PLEASE make sure you’re fitted. As a runner myself, i have first hand experience of how much better you can feel. And look!! It gives you a greater sense of security and confidence knowing you’re not going to hurt afterwards.
There are loads out there to choose from. My personal favourites are Shockabsorber’s Run bra. Bit of a mare to get on or off but worth it! And the Panache Sport bra. It’s underwired with a silicone coated wire for additional support and comfort. It’s also moulded with a formed cup for shape and security.
Ladies, get fitted.
(Please note that these views are my own and I have not been paid by Shockabsorber or Panache)