Did you know that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra? And really, when was the last time you were sized.. let alone for a sports bra?! Fleet Feet, a leader in all things running, recommends that you be fitted for a sports bra every 12 months, even more often if you are working out to loose weight.
The average life span of a sports bra is much less than that of your daily bra, only about 6-12 months; of course depending on your level and intensity of activity and the quality of your bra.
Proper bra fit allows you to perform at your peak and with the confidence to move freely! Sports bra's like your daily bra come in a variety of styles: with under wire and without, they are made for all levels of impact and are even customized by sport. Three signs of a good sports bra are: that it's comfortable, doesn't chafe and that it stays in place while you move.
When trying on a sports bra it is important to move in it. Don't be shy! Do a couple jumping jacks, run in place, grab some downward dog! You shouldn't be testing your bra out on the running trail. Your bra should also wick away moisture from your skin; keeping you cool and dry in the heat and warm and dry in the cold.
A few fitting tips to follow:
Small or medium chest (A to C cup) a compression bra will offer support and comfort or a bra that offers encapsulation for shaping as well as support.
Medium to larger chest (C to FF cup) an encapsulating style that separates and supports your breasts will be more comfortable and more supportive than compression bras. For maximum support, choose a sport bra that does both.
At my most recent trip to Fleet Feet I saw a great poster:
Five Signs it's Time to Break up with your Bra
- The bottom band starts chafing. Over time, the bottom band loses elasticity and the resulting slack can lead to chafing. Just say no to any physical abuse from your bra.
- You can’t read the tags anymore. If the tags are faded to the point you can’t read them, it’s time to see other sports bras.
- It’s too big or too small. Your bra size is constantly changing—an average of 6 times for most of us—due to weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, hormonal changes, or just plain aging. That’s why 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra. A supportive sports bra relies on a perfect fit.
- You need more than one. If you need more than one sports bra, you are not getting what you need. Try a more supportive style designed for larger cups.
- You need new shoes. Just like your athletic shoes, sports bras need to be replaced about every 6-12 months. Make it a habit to replace them together.