A good sports bra is in fact essential for protecting your breasts during a workout and new research has found that women who have good knowledge relating to breast health and support are more likely to participate in physical exercise.
This new research has been published by the University of Portsmouth in the wake of professional tennis player Simona Halep having her breasts reduced to improve her reaction during play.
The research asked a group of 239 women what discouraged them from getting involved in physical activity and 17% of them said their breasts were the main cause. Even the researchers found this a shock and only a few other factors ranked more highly that breasts in the study.
Understanding what stops women getting to the gym or participating in exercise is important in the ongoing battle to get females of all ages engaging in physical activity and adopting healthy lifestyle choices. There is hope that the research will encourage women to learn more about breast health and become more active, realising the true benefits of a good sports bra.
The Research Group in Breast Health has backed up this evidence with their claim that without the right sports bra women are at risk of damaging the Cooper’s ligaments in their breasts, which cannot be repaired. No one wants permanent breast damage and therefore taking some time to choose a good sports bra is important.
There are many different types of sports bra. Some of the key questions you may ask yourself include the style of back you want (racer or straps), whether you want a compression or encapsulation bra and the kind of fastener you’d prefer. And most importantly, you need to ensure that you are wearing the right bra size, so that you are comfortable and properly supported. Visiting a dedicated sportswear store is the best place to start as the assistants should be able to advise on the best bra for your breasts and your chosen sport or exercise.
Understanding breast health and sourcing the best bra are great ways to begin a new, more active lifestyle.
saggy boobs are an inevitable part of ageing, sooner or later - but no need to hurry it along.I also wish I could find a sports bra that didn't feel like a corset.
Emma - even if you have small boobs you really do need a sports bra. You can still damage the ligaments in your breasts.
I have to say that not every women needs a specific sports bra. I am only a 36A and simply wearing my normal bra does the trick. there's not much to jiggle!
it has to be said that for the better-endowed lady, too much bounce is not only uncomfortable but not a pretty sight. And once stretched, those ligaments don't recover. Sports bras aren't very comfortable but better than the alternative.
I could not cope without my sports bras! I had them fitted properly though as trying to buy them off the peg didn't turn out so well.