Yes your running shoes are important, but your sports bra should also be a priority.
If there’s anything that makes me cringe when I see another runner it’s when she’s got excessive bounce.
I don’t care for jiggling butts, bellies or thighs, but when it comes to our boobs the less bounce the better.
Getting a good, fitted sports bra is up there with wearing the right running shoes. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it’s the job it does that counts.
Did you know that your boobs can bounce 9cm if unsupported? And there’s no muscle to pull them back into shape.
Our boobs are made up of soft tissue called Cooper’s Ligaments, which if left unsupported, can stretch beyond all hope of repair. No one wants sagging boobs – and certainly not in your prime.
As you run, your boobs move up and down and side to side. Even an A cup travels about 7cm, so don’t think that small boobs can get away with no or little support.
A good sports bra – and there are many on the market – can reduce movement by half, which is great news if you don’t want your running to have negative effects on your cleavage.
Permanent stretching from running, or other unsupported exercise, can lead to irreversible damage.
So before you go out for your next run check your bra – is it the right size for you, does it support you enough? And is it past it’s use by date?
I am one of those women blessed (or cursed whichever way you look at it) with larger boobs. I would hate school sports because of the bounce (no I didn’t know about sports bras back then).
But running now? And even when I had boobs full of milk, I barely notice them. It all comes down to support.
I wear a Shock Absorber bra, and have done ever since I first started going to a gym in an attempt to get fit. When I had my milk in I wore a Freya sports bra (in an H cup). So if you are larger, there is still hope.
What to look for when trying on a sports bra
Jump up and down in the changing room with and without a top on (I like to know what it looks like). If your girls spill over the top, or spill over the sides, then you need to go up a cup size.
Look down at your boobs. the centre front of your bra (encapsulation and underwire styles) should sit flat on your chest. If not, go up a cup size.
Raise your arms to see if your boobs try to escape from the bottom. If this happens go down a band size.
Turn sideways and check the back of the band. If it’s pulling up or riding higher than the front of your bra then it might be too big or the straps too short. Release the straps if they are adjustable or go down a band size.
Any folds, wrinkles or other looseness in the cup mean you should go down a cup size.
How to make your bra last the distance:
Wash in cold water with mild detergent. Avoid fabric softener and bleach.
Dry it flat or line dry it. For the dryer, use the cold tumble cycle only: Heat breaks down spandex.
Replace the bra if the ends of the spandex fibres start showing or the fabric no longer snaps back into shape. The average lifespan is 9 to 15 months of regular wear.
And if you want to see why you need support check out the Bounce-O-Meter at Shock Absorber.
I’ve had a sports bra fitting from Ruun in Auckland. Ruun takes up a corner of Avokado Lingerie, which specialises in the larger cup sizes. Ruun, however, caters for every cup size from A upwards.
You can watch the video here.