When it comes exercising, comfort is absolutely key. When we wear comfortable workout attire, it makes exercise more enjoyable and accommodating for the body. The more support you have around your body with good quality workout wear, the more you can reap the maximum benefits of your workout.
For women, with yoga, there are certain parts of the body that you need to offer extra support to. For the chest area, it is critical that your breasts are well supported during your yoga workout. There is nothing more distracting and uncomfortable than painful breasts while you are trying to enjoy your workout!
So, how can you ensure that you have the perfect sports bra? There are some things to look out for when shopping for a sports bra, and the price tag isn’t always the main one! Take these tips into consideration to find the perfect sports bra for your yoga workout.
Think of it as an investment
First and foremost, bras of any type are an investment. They are something that are supporting a really important part of the female body so they shouldn’t be overlooked. Buying cheap sports bras just aren’t going to offer the right kind of support.
Moreover, cheaper sports bras that are made of low quality fabric tend to stretch and tear easily, becoming looser and less supportive with every wear. Investing in a good quality, more expensive sports bra means that you will have ongoing support no matter how many times you wear it or wash it.
You need to support the sag
When you exercise, the breasts move. They not only move up and down, but also side to side. In yoga, the breasts essentially circulate in a butterfly pattern. A good sports bra needs to offer support to all aspects of the breasts’ movement.
To help fight the sagging effect that exercise has on the breasts, it is a good idea to wear a sports bra with a smaller cup size and larger band than your regular bra.
Understand how sports bras work
There are different types of sports bras for different shaped and sized breasts. For smaller breasts, a compression sports bra is ideal, with racerback straps. This is because they essentially pull the breasts into place and hold them there during a workout. For women with larger breasts, a cupped sports bra with individual straps helps to distribute the weight more evenly while working out.
When you’re trying on different sports bras, here are some things that you should do. First, hold the straps and pull, seeing how much stretch they give. This helps to give you an indication of support while moving. Next, tug and pull at the cups to see their range of motion. The cups should hold the whole breasts without any spillage. If some of your breasts are spilling over, it isn’t the right bra for you. Finally, slide your finger under the band of the bra and see how much room there is. You shouldn’t be able to stretch it more than an inch.
Make sure there is no chafing
We often think of chafing just happening between the legs when thighs bump together. However, it can also happen when a sports bra isn’t fitting right. Make sure your sports bra doesn’t create chafing around the armholes, shoulder straps, or seams. Any tightness here when trying one on indicates chafing.
Once you have found the perfect sports bra, the next most important thing is taking good care of it. You should only wash your sports bra in cold water, avoiding bleachers or anything like that. Also, sports bras last longer when they are line dried, not in a dryer. Keep this in mind to extend the longevity of your sports bra.