How to buy... a sports bra
Choosing the right sports bra is as important as finding the perfect running shoe, but 85 per cent of us are getting it wrong, according to Sports Medicine Australia. A UK study also found one in five women who avoid exercising blame it on their boobs! Unsupported movement can cause breast pain, so if you want to ban the bounce and up your comfort level, here’s what to look for…
Straps that are secure and don’t dig into your shoulders. The less stretchy the straps, the better the motion control. Sturdy, moulded cups and sculpted side panels will hold everything in place. If you like a compression style, choose one that holds your breasts with no bulging or gaping.
A firm, wide underband that fits snugly and doesn’t ride up. If the band creeps up when your arms are in the air, pick a smaller size. Moisture-wicking panels to keep you dry and comfortable no matter how intense your workouts. No padding or underwire offers greater comfort, but if you prefer an underwire bra, make sure the wire lies just underneath – and not on – the breast tissue. In general, more coverage equals less bounce. Simple!