Did you know: without the right support, the average A-cup can move as much as 4cm in each direction during high-impact workouts? And that the average D-cup bounces up to 8cm? Never mind being super uncomfortable – the constant movement stretches the breast skin and tissue, resulting in more sag than support.
Your best weapon in fighting the Dreaded Droop: a good fitness bra that will reduce this movement by more than half! So, before you hit your next parkrun, check out our guide to finding your breasts’ best workout buddy:
Compression or cups?
Compression, or tank style bras are ideal for women with smaller chests, or for low-to-medium impact exercises (such as walking, cycling or yoga). Their sleek shape and stretch fits snuggly to your shape to minimise bounce.
Encapsulation bras, or sports bras with individual cups, offer plenty more support for large-breasted women, or for higher impact workouts (such as running, soccer or skipping). Their separate molded cups and underwire support offer a more natural and shapely look while offering maximum support.
Straps or racerback?
This is all down to preference, but each style has its perks. The sporty-cool look of the racerback cinches in at the centre of your back, providing more support.
Straps, however, are adjustable and tend to distribute the weight of your chest more evenly – key for larger breasted women.
Pullover or clip:
Despite having a wider back strap, pullover style bras offer more overall stretch and lack the support seen in bras with inelastic front straps. This makes this style perfect for women with smaller breasts.
Big bosomed girls – this one’s for you. Go for a bra that features a back clasp that can be tightened, as more than half of the bras support comes from the chest band.
Buying hints and tips:
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