GIRLS’ TALK

Best Health - - FITNESS NEWS -

The sports bra: It’s the most im­por­tant piece of gear in our fit­ness ar­se­nals, yet many of us spend more time shop­ping for tights. Time to think of the girls, ladies! We checked in with fit­ness ex­pert Lil­iana Mann, pres­i­dent of Linea In­tima Lin­gerie, for her top tips on how to buy a sports bra that works as hard as you do. Anita’s new Air Con­trol Sports Bra, $130, fea­tures an outer-mesh cup layer for max­i­mum ven­ti­la­tion. In­side is the brand’s patented Delta Pad, a tri­an­gu­lar-shaped foam cup de­signed to pro­vide max­i­mum sup­port and air cir­cu­la­tion to keep your skin cool.

CUPS THAT SE­CURE AND SEP­A­RATE COM­FORT­ABLE STRAPS BREATH­ABLE FAB­RICS A SUP­PORT­IVE BAND Here, the straps are er­gonom­i­cally de­signed to be wider at the top, tak­ing some pres­sure off your shoul­ders. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, the straps should not pro­vide the ma­jor­ity of sup­port. (That’s the job of the band.) “Straps that have soft­ness and some pad­ding are more com­fort­able on your shoul­ders,” says Mann. And they should def­i­nitely not dig in. When it comes to sup­port, the band is one of the most im­por­tant fea­tures. When you try on a new sports bra, give it a work­out by jump­ing or squat­ting to see how you really feel in it, says Mann. “The strong­est sup­port will come from the band, as well as the dis­tance be­tween the breasts,” she says. Start on the loos­est or mid­dle hook so that you can tighten as needed. “Find a bra that fits you prop­erly, even if it’s a sports bra with­out an un­der­wire,” says Mann. “It should be a com­pres­sive bra and hold the breasts tight, but it shouldn’t cre­ate a uni­boob.” Bras that push the breasts to­gether will cause sweat to ac­cu­mu­late in the mid­dle in­stead of be­ing ab­sorbed and ex­pelled. “This can cause rashes and pim­ples in that area,” she says. Look for a sports bra that pro­vides some sepa­ra­tion be­tween the breasts. Since you’re pretty much guar­an­teed to be mov­ing and sweat­ing in a sports bra, soft, breath­able fab­rics are key. Hav­ing Cool­max in the fab­ric will re­move per­spi­ra­tion and heat from your body and al­low it to be ex­pelled. Mi­crofi­bre is an­other op­tion that dries out much faster.

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