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Sunday 22 September 2019

Why You Need a Sports Bra

Is This Mutton the style blog for the over-50s on why a sports bra is important and featuring the Shock Absorber purple and green Ultimate Run Bra

Today we're going to talk sports bras. You may be among the 44% of women who don't wear a sports bra when they exercise, so I'm hoping to convince you to do so.

Research carried out by the University of Portsmouth found that breasts move not only up and down but side to side during running. Joanna Scurr, from the Breast Health Research Group, said that if breast movement is not reduced, women risk damaging the fragile Cooper’s ligaments which, once damaged, are irreparable.

She explained: “When the breast is not supported correctly and there is tension on the ligaments and skin of the breast, it can result in strain and over time this may lead to a stretching of the breasts natural support, which could lead to permanent breast damage."

One way of removing the strain on the breasts is the right sports bra.

There are two types of sports bra: compression and encapsulation. The latter have two cups like a normal bra, but with extra support. Compression bras press your breasts against your chest, and are usually pulled on over your head.

Is This Mutton on why a sports bra is important and how to choose a good one such as the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

Choosing a Sports Bra

Select one in your normal size and experiment with different brands. Once you've found a bra that works for you, you'll probably stick to it.

I was gifted with a Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra which is tested to reduce bounce by up to 78%. These bras are always highly rated in studies. I like the padded straps which add to the feeling of protection and security, even though it's the band of a sports bra that does all the work. This bra is also in fun colours, purple and lime green.

Your sports bra is probably not the right fit if you have any of the following:

  • breast or back pain;
  • the bra band rides up your back, or you’ve got your bra on the tightest hook;
  • the straps are digging into your skin.
You can get fitted in a store, or you can make a selection online to find the right fit.  UK Lingerie has a great range of active wear, including sports bras from Shock Absorber, Pure Lime, PrimaDonna and Anita Active. You'll also get distracted on the site by all the gorgeous lingerie and  silk nightwear, as I was!

Disclosure:  I was gifted with a sports bra by UK Lingerie. Copy approval was not asked for or given, and my editorial opinions are always honest and objective.

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