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5 Signs You Are Wearing The Wrong Sized Sports Bra
Every woman has had at least one bad experience with an ill-fitted bra. Having a bra that fits right is extremely important. This also applies to sports bras, and in some ways sports bras are a lot more complicated than regular bras. Sports bras provide very necessary support to a part of your body that is extremely sensitive to support and comfort. If you don’t wear a correctly sized sports bra, the tissue in your breasts can start to sag and permanently loose it’s original shape. Here are a few ways to know you’re wearing the wrong bra and how to find the right one for you.
1. You’re having trouble breathing.
Sports bras that are too tight or constricting around the chest can often constrict the wearer’s breathing. Try taking a deep breath while wearing the sports bra. If it’s difficult to do that, then you need a looser bra around your ribcage. This especially applies when doing heavy-breathing activities. You don’t want to have trouble breathing while doing something like running, biking, or aerobics.
2. You’re experiencing neck and shoulder aches.
If you notice that the muscles in your shoulders or the back of your neck are sore during or after activity, this means that you probably need a more supportive bra. Neck and shoulder pains often occur in women of bigger cup sizes, for whom the breast tissue weighs more and requires extra support. If you’re experiencing this, make sure you’re wearing the right sized bra to achieve maximum support. It may also help to try a different style of sports bra.
3. Your shoulder straps are sliding out of place.
There are many ways to tell that your bra is too loose, and shoulder straps falling off is just one of them. If you find that the shoulder straps of your bra aren’t staying in one place while you work out, then it’s time for a smaller sized bra. A well-sized sports bra should constrict the movement of your breast tissue and prevent pain or discomfort while doing physical activity.
4. The sports bra cuts into your skin.
If you notice painful scratching or rubbing on your skin while or after wearing a sports bra, it probably means that the bra is too tight. This irritation can occur beneath the band around the ribcage, beneath the underarms, or around the shoulder straps. Some women also have this problem with built-in underwire cutting into their skin. In this case, it can help to try a bigger cup size or a sports bra with no underwire at all.
5. The sports bra is old and stretched out.
If your bra has stretched out of its original shape or if there’s pilling on the fabric of the bra, it might be time to buy a new one. Washing and drying sports bras over and over again wears them down, both by stretching them out of their original shape and thinning the fabric. Sports bras don’t last forever. In fact, most bras should be replaced after several months of consistent use or a year of semi-consistent use.
If you’re looking to find an appropriate sports bra, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Aside from just sizing, it’s always good to consider the style of sports bra you want. Consider the type of activity you’re doing; higher impact activities like running require more support and compression than low-impact activities like yoga or walking. Another thing to consider is the pricing of your sports bra. Sometimes it’s better to spend more money on a well-made sports bra than a cheap one.
Also, if you’re unsure of what type or size of sports bra is right for you, it’s never a bad idea to go to your nearby department store and ask an employee for a measurement. Remember: the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and supported by your sports bra.