The Right Workout Bra Fit

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Registered: 04-05-2002
The Right Workout Bra Fit
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Wed, 07-17-2013 - 3:47pm

I just received this from Exercise, Etc. and thought it had good information for finding a good workout bra.  Ow, breast tissue can move as much as 8" when running, in all directions.

Exercise and Breast Pain in Women

Now you may think that the topic of breast pain in women who exercise is unusual, but scientists in England have found that it can be profound enough that it affects training and workouts. It makes sense that the larger the breast, the more complications. Of course, a well-fitting sports bra has been shown to help in as many as 85% of women. However, a large number of women, including the 1300 surveyed who ran the London Marathon, are not wearing the right bra.

Researchers found that the breast tissue can move as much as 8 inches in space when running, not just up and down, but side-to-side, and forward/backward. This can cause enough pain that 25% of these women either reduced their intensity or skipped exercise all together.

The Research Group in Breast Health suggests following these 5 simple steps to a correct bra fit:

1) BAND - The band should fit firmly around the chest. It should not slide around as you move, but it should not be too tight to be uncomfortable, affect breathing or make flesh bulge over the band. The band should be level all the way around the chest.

2) CUP - The breasts should be enclosed within the cups, with no bulging or gaping at the top or sides. If the cup material is puckering then the cup size is probably too big.

3) UNDERWIRE - The underwire should follow the natural crease of the breasts and not rest on any breast tissue (in the center, underneath the bra or under the arms). If the underwire is resting too far down the ribcage (i.e. where the ribcage gets slightly narrower) the band size is probably too small.

4) FRONT - The front of the bra (the lower edge under the breasts and between the cups if a separate piece exists) should sit flat against the body and not gape away from the chest. If the front of the bra is lifting away the cup size may need to be increased.

5) STRAPS - The shoulder straps should be adjusted to comfortably provide breast support without being too tight (i.e. digging into the skin). The main support for the breast should come from a firm band, not tight shoulder straps.

Brown, N. et al, "The Experience of Breast Pain (mastalgia) in Female Runners of the 2012 London Marathon and its Effect on Exercise Behaviour"  Br J Sports Med bjsports-2013-092175Published Online First: 19 April 2013 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092175






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 10:47am

I have so many problems with sport bras that I almost gave up until I tried a new Hanes Her Way version that is working for me. I've tried some very expensive ones that I was "fitted" for and I've tried dirt cheap ones and so far I haven't been happy with most. If I can get the band to fit, then the straps don't adjust enough. If I get the band and straps to fit, then the cup is not right. And on the chance that the band, straps and cups fit, the material is not right. lol Either I am too picky about my bra or I haven't found the perfect one yet.

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 11:57am

I know I wear the wrong bras but it doesn't hurt so I go w/ them. I should probably check out the mirror to see the bounce.  I've been told Lululemon's tata tamers are the best but they're heavy and huge.  I like my little strappy C9 champion target bras because they fit well under my tops.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 2:06pm

Yeah, I like my strappy Hanes Her Ways too. I don't really have to worry about much bounce so I can go for looks. ;-)

Karla
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WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 2:56pm

I used to think I didn't have to worry about bounce...until I went for a bra fitting. I thought I was a 36A but was measured at a 32DD. Yeah, eye opening because I've always considered myself flat. My sports bras are still the wrong size, mostly because I can't find a good 32DD.  Barbie proportions!






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 8:32pm
I buy my bras at Walmart...I think they fit, but I've never been measured. I do sometimes think I burn the most calories getting my sports bra on... Unlike most women, I think my breasts are the perfect size...not too big, not too small...I'm not crazy about other parts of my body, but my breasts, yes...