Musing about sports bras

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While I’m still on my enforced layoff and dealing with my running envy, I got to thinking about sports bras and breasts. This is actually a fairly frequent occurrence in my life – you don’t have a bust like mine and go without noticing it several times a day.




I digress. I know far better than most how important it is to have a good sports bra. You can check out my bra guide, or perhaps you might enjoy this post.

Back to musing. We’re rightfully taught the importance of a gait analysis and making sure that we get the right type of running shoes. I think all of us know somebody with a horror story to tell about the wrong shoes. We’re told how important it is to see a specialist and stores such as Runners Need and others will allow you to test run the shoes on their in store treadmills, some of them will even let you go for a little sprint outside. Many of these stores will even allow you to return and exchange the shoes if you take them home and then decide after a couple of weeks of running that they aren’t right for you.

This is great, it really gives runners the opportunity to make sure that their shoes are right for their feet and aren’t going to cause problems.

So, what has this got to do with sports bras?

Well, as a female, sports bras are really important. I’m no expert, but I would go as far as to say that they are, for many women, just as important as getting the right type of shoes. When we move, breasts move. When we run, they have a good old jiggle. They move from side to side, up and down and even in and out. That’s a LOT of movement. Needless to say, the bigger the boob, the more the movement. Did you know that breasts can move up to 21cm during exercise? No wonder we can suffer pain. This sort of movement can cause irreversible damage to breast ligaments. Ouch…


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I always wear a bra when I exercise


Too often, women think they can’t get the right bra. This simply isn’t true and I will do an updated post on this at some point in the not so distant future. Too often, women think that a sports bra isn’t that important. Too often, women make do with what is the cheaper option, not the best option. This can be a false economy, it isn’t worth taking that chance on your breasts and again, at some point, I will do an updated post on getting the most value from your sports bras. Much too often, women are wearing the wrong size…

Taking all of this into account, it’s not surprising that so many of us are wearing the wrong type of sports bra, or are struggling to find the right kind. Our breasts are unique and in the same way, we all have different foot strides, our breasts all move in different ways. That Panache bra might be perfect for you, but not right for your friend. Your friend may swear by Berlai, but it might not work for you.

So my musing led me to this.


One of these bras suits me brilliantly. The other one doesn’t.


Why can’t sports bras be “try before buy?”

Why can’t we have a good run on the treadmill to try them out? Why can’t we treat them like running shoes and return if they’re not quite right, within a set time?

Actually, I know the answer and that’s cost and practicality. It probably isn’t feasible as many bras would need to be washed before resale, wear can damage bras, who can keep the whole range in stock anyway…?

But wouldn’t it be useful?

One thought on “Musing about sports bras

  1. I wish I had known about sports bras when I was in secondary school. I always liked being active when I was little, but during secondary school was when I gradually stopped enjoying it, and I am sure a big part of that was discomfort caused when running etc. I didn’t find out about them until I joined a gym when I was in my 20’s and picked up a fitness magazine. Maybe it’s different now and perhaps they were a bit of a new invention, but I look back and really think I would have felt so much more comfortable (instead of running with one arm across the chest all the time).

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