When you joined the gym, or decided to partake in that Zumba class, you bought all the things you thought necessary for your new exercise adventure. Water bottle =check, cute gym outfits= check, branded sneakers= check! But what about a new sports bra? Did you think that the cute lace number that you wear everyday would be suitable? Well, I have some news for you, no it is not! Yes, your everyday bra has been professionally fitted, and it was one of the best investments you’ve made in yourself, but it cannot do the job of a sports bra, and here’s why: sports bras are manufactured to provide a level of support and comfort during exercise that the typical everyday bra does not.
Here are the top 3 reasons why you should be fitted for a sports bra as soon as possible:
1. Avoid permanent damage to breast tissue and ligaments: Exercising without a sports bra can cause damage to breast ligaments (called Cooper’s ligaments) causing the breasts to sag and droop. No matter the breast size, damage can be done when the chest is not properly supported during physical activity. A supportive and well-fitted sports bra will protect your breasts and minimise any damage to the soft tissue and ligaments.
2. Maintain comfort while exercising: The moisture-wicking materials of a sports bra makes them better equipped for exercise. Manufacturers of sports bras pay attention to making the bras out of materials that will keep you comfortable while exercising, while preventing you from chafing (something that can develop from wearing a wet bra during prolonged physical activity).
3. Reduce pain and discomfort: Wearing a sports bra prevents breast pain by reducing bounce. Sports bras are designed to restrict movement, which means less pain. However, you need to make sure that you replace a sports bra every 6-8 months after continuous wear to make sure that the supporting fibres are not worn out.
With that said, now is a GREAT time to make that appointment to have yourself fitted for the perfect sports bra. Visit us at book.prettyunderpinnings.com and we’ll get you properly outfitted for your fitness adventure!