Sure, sure — finding the right running shoes, workout gear and equipment is an important part of any workout routine, no matter what your style. But when it comes to protecting your girls, it appears as though most of us opt for the one-size-fits-all mantra.
And let’s be real: boobs hate being crammed into those things.
Breasts are composed of soft tissue, not muscle, which are held up by ligaments. Those ligaments act as mini coils, which are less effective when we start jogging, spiking a volleyball or perform any other type of physical activity. Sagging and unhappy lady bits ensue. Of course aging and gravity are other factors, but it’s not like we have control over that.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise, then, that finding a sports bra that fits your actual size is just as important as picking out a regular bra. Most of us tend to choose cups that are one size too small and bands that are one size too tight. That matters, since cup, band and straps are the three cornerstones of any good support system.
That means the first order of business is to head on over to your nearest lingerie store and find out your actual size. The second order? To shop, of course.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
If you’re a smaller cup size, opt for a racerback, which keeps everything in and closer to the body. But if you need that extra support, go for wide straps, which will distribute the weight and have extra padding.
Smaller gals will want to go for the compression style cups, which squeeze everything in. Curvy gals are better going with encapsulation bras, which feature individual cups for bonus support.
Since more than half of an actual bra’s support comes from the band itself, it’s always good to have a back clasp which can be adjusted. However, if you have a smaller cup, using a pullover style bra is completely fine too — so long as it’s the right size!
Now, time to shop.
How to find the right sports bra for your girls
Rebound Racer BraWho: Smaller cup sizes
What: Team sports
$55 at The Running RoomThe Running Room
Moving Comfort Maia BraWho: Larger cup sizes
$53 at MECMEC
If You're LuckyWho: Smaller cup sizes
What: Yoga and pilates
$52 at LululemonLululemon
Champion All in One BraWho: Smaller cup sizes
$42 at MECMEC
Juno BraWho: All cup sizes
What: Yoga and pilates
$60 at The Running RoomThe Running Room
SupernovaWho: All cup sizes
What: Multiple sports
$50 at AdidasAdidas
Joliet High ImpactWho: All cup sizes
What: High-impact sports and activities
$65 at FableticsFabletics
Nike Pro RivalWho: Smaller cup sizes
What: Low-impact exercises
$75 at SportChekSportCheck
Shock AbsorberWho: Larger cup sizes
What: Running and other high-impact sports
$69 at Running Room The Running Room
Juneau BraWho: Smaller cup sizes
What: Yoga and stretching
$25 at FableticsFabletics