A woman's breasts are composed primarily of adipose (fatty) tissue, mammary glands, connective tissue, and the Cooper’s ligament, which keeps the breast firm and prevents sagging. Because the underlying chest muscles do not support breast tissue, exercising in anything other than a well-fitted sports bra can stretch the Cooper's ligament, leading to greater sagging and even pain during exercise.
Finding the right sports bra for you can be a daunting task when there are hundreds of styles from which to choose! Don't worry—we've done the homework for you.
Believe it or not, just any old sports bra won't supply the support you need to prevent sagging, stretching or pain related to exercise. One size certainly doesn't fit all.
Studies have shown that between 70% percent and 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong size sports bra, and therefore, they may not be getting the benefits of support and comfort from their fitness wardrobe. Many department stores, including Nordstrom or Macy's, offer free fitting services for customers. But if modesty is a concern, you can take your own measurements before leaving home. Measuring can save you lots of time and aggravation when choosing the right bra. Continued ›
Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?
A Guide for Women of All Shapes and Sizes
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