The right sports bra is absolutely essential for exercise. A badly fitting bra, the wrong style of bra, or even a worn out bra can lead to pain and irreversible damage. It’s not enough to make sure you’ve got the right style and the right fit. It’s also crucial to look after it. If you’re sitting there thinking “errrr, it’s a sports bra, not a pet dog,” you’ve come to the right place.
Rotate your bras
Have you got a sports bra you love? Brilliant. Now go and get at least one other. Rotate them so you get the most use out of your bras – one to wear while the other is washing and drying.
Take it off
Done with your workout? Now take off your bra. Don’t be tempted to keep it on for a few hours. It becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which can break down the fabrics. Sports bras are designed to be worn for sport, so don’t wear them longer than you need to, thus increasing the wear.
Wash your bra properly
Hand washing a sports bra is better because it’s more gentle on technical fabrics. If you’re like me and want to use the machine, then make sure it is fastened and pop into a laundry bag, before washing on a delicate setting. Don’t use fabric softener as this can damage the fabric. Depending on how intense your workout is, you should wash your sports bras every 1-2 wears. Sweat and deodorant aren’t good for technical wear!
Don’t be tempted to put your sports bra in the tumble dryer. The heat speeds up the process in which technical fabric breaks down. It can also stretch it out, which means the bra won’t fit as well and in turn, won’t support you. This advice applies to ALL bras.
If you take one thing from this blog post, DO NOT TUMBLE DRY A BRA. If you do, a unicorn will die and gremlins will rule the planet.
Instead, drap your bra over a drying rack or surface where it can breathe and let it dry. Don’t hang by the straps while wet as this will stretch the bra.
Check your fit every six months. Bodies can change and it’s a good idea to regularly check your fit to make sure you’re wearing the right size.
Bin the bra
Know when to say goodbye to a bra. If it’s starting to rub, bin it. If your shoulders are starting to hurt, bin it. If you’re using the tightest fastening and experiencing bounce, bin it. When buying a sports bra (or any bra), ideally you want to be using the loosest fastenings. This means that as the bra starts to give, you can tighten it up. When you can’t go tighter and the support is gone, bin it.
I swear by Shock Absorber bras and if you’ve realised after reading this that you’re in need of a new bra, then check out shockabsorber.co.uk.