How to buy... a sports bra

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Food // Fit // Feel -

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!

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