Sports bra, why is it important to use one?
In sports practice it is very important to use the right tools, even if it is just a hobby. A bad pair of running shoes can lead to incorrect and harmful posture, cotton clothing and non-technical fabric do not wick away moisture during activity, and underwired bras can cause serious damage to the chest. For this reason, as with all other equipment, women should choose their sports bras very carefully sports bra.
1. What happens to your breasts when you run?
No matter the cup size or age, during activities, especially cardio, the chest is subjected to greater stresses than those of everyday life and the movements and bouncing, depending on the intensity, can make it weigh up to 5 times more. During movement, the breast undergoes microtraumas that cause stretching of Cooper’s ligaments (the fibrous outgrowths that anchor the mammary gland to the skin) and can cause pain and eventually lead to a decrease in the ligaments.
During running, there is not only up and down movement, but also side-to-side movement. In a single kilometre, the sinus undergoes oscillations of about 40 meters. These movements, in addition to being uncomfortable, can damage the delicate tissues that support the breast and its compact assembly. A good sports bra reduces vertical movement and has a similar effect on horizontal movement. Whatever the activity, it is necessary to wear a suitable bra made of appropriate materials and specifically designed to keep and support the breast in motion.
Sports bras have completely different characteristics than traditional bras. The one used during sports activities has technical elements that offer good support, reduce impact, minimise bounce and ensure breathability. The sports bra has wider and reinforced straps, without underwire, but with a tonic elastic under the chest.
2. Which bra to choose?
One of the factors to take into account when choosing a sports bra is the type of sport practised and that determines the level of support: reduced for low impact activities such as yoga, stretching, muscle strengthening, medium for fitness, dance or cardio training and strong for walking, treadmills and all those disciplines that determine a wide movement of the chest. It is therefore necessary to choose a suitable support to protect the chest, while maintaining natural movement as much as possible, so it is also good to avoid excessive support in the case of low-impact sports.
3. How to choose the right size?
Size may seem trivial, but it is not. 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. Knowing the right size for your silhouette is the first step in finding a bra that fits perfectly. There are usually tables with size guides to help you find the right bra. For women who practise any sport constantly, it is also advisable to change the bra every year, or more frequently depending on the use, number of washes and changes in the body.