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Perky no more? Your sports bra may be to blame

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Ladies, did you know that eight out of 10 of us are wearing the wrong bra size, and 56 percent of us experience pain when working out, as a result?

The lesson: Mid-workout discomfort is easily preventable — if you take the time to find a well-designed, properly-fitting sports bra.

That’s because there’s no internal structure for supporting the “twins” against gravity and excessive movement beyond a band of fibrous tissue called Cooper’s ligaments. And once stretched, it can cause both discomfort and permanent damage.

The good news is that you can provide a “little help for your friends” and find a good sports bra in just three simple steps:

1. Pick a Style: Consider the degree of support you’ll need, which will vary by both activity and body type.

2. Find Your Size: After selecting the appropriate style, use your measurements to determine size.

3. Test the Fit: Jump around! A snug fit is ideal, but focus on the bottom band, which provides 70 percent of the bra’s support.

One of my favorite brands when it comes to bras is Moving Comfort. They’ve got boobs down to a science (literally), thanks to a dedicated in-house sports bra biomechanics lab in the company’s Seattle headquarters.

I was on the hunt for something for yoga and bootcamp — supportive but not restrictive – and their suggestion was the Hot Shot ($38), a sweetheart of a sports bra with minimal back coverage that allows for enhanced range of motion.

I paired it with the matching Metro Tank ($48), a fun racerback style that transitions well from class to running around town on errands. It’s loose enough for a forgiving feel without excessive fabric.

Moving Comfort’s team of experts also offer a few pointers to help prolong the, ahem, “shelf” life of your bra:

- Keep it fresh. Wash a sports bra after every 1-3 wears to remove the build-up of sweat, dirt and bacteria, which break down the fabric.

- Keep it safe. Good option: Fasten the hooks, and throw it in the washing machine. Better option: Toss it in a lingerie bag first. Best option: Hand wash to give it extra special care.

- Keep it cool. Hang dry or tumble dry low, since dryers wear down the fabric and moisture management properties.

- Keep it breathing. If it does get thrown in the dryer, never use dryer sheets or fabric softeners which “coat” the fabric and keep it from breathing.

- Keep it new. Depending on how often a sports bra is worn, it should be replaced every 6-12 months.

In need of a new buddy for those bosoms? Visit MovingComfort.com and check out their handy sports bra finder to locate a style that suits your needs.

Disclosure: I was given Moving Comfort items to review. All opinions are my own.

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