Ahhhh the quest for finding the best sports bra. Finding a normal bra can be hard let alone finding a running bra that matches up to your intensity level, size, comfort and a multitude of other personal desires.
Not only that but today there are a number of different bras with so many characteristics coming a long way from the first pieces of stretchy fabric that were sewn together and named “the sports bra”.
Active bras are different than everyday bras as they are designed to help active, moving women instead of just being a fashion item. They are made to bring moisture away from the skin in order to be more breathable while given you the much needed support.
Two words: the Cooper's Ligament. These ligaments of connective tissue have the job of holding up our breasts and preventing them from sagging.
With time and age though these ligaments become stretched, stressed, bounced and lengthened causing our breasts to sag and drop. Having an ill-fitting or non supportive active bra while exercising will only speed up the process.
And the easiest way to prevent this from happening is to find the best sports bra for YOUR body as it will decrease the movement of these Cooper's ligaments.
Active bras aren’t just for exercising though:
Now for the all time question...
First of all there are two types of active bras that work better depending on your size:
When thinking of buying a bra your first main concern should be support and comfort. Running is a high intensity sport with lots of vertical movement and so support comes first and foremost.
Look for these characteristics in your running bra:
A great place (my personal favorite) to find sport bras for YOUR body is at Road Runner Sports. They offer a variety of brands such as Moving Comfort (my fav!) and Nike.
This website provides fit experts that will walk you through your size, intensity level, style you want, etc. making choosing your sports bra incredibly easy and fun with all the different styles to choose from.
If you are lucky enough to live near a Road Runner Sports store you can also get professionally fitted there!
Either way I highly recommend getting a fitting before buying a bra. A well fitted bra makes all the difference and is a great investment in taking care of your breasts.
Active bras can be delicate and their properties tend to wane after awhile. Some recommend getting a new active bra every 6 months. I believe that it depends on your intensity level, how often you wear them and the quality of the bra. Rule of thumb though is if it looks like the fabric is wearing down, threading, or splitting it is probably time to get a new one.
To increase the life of your bra don’t put it in the dryer. The heat tends to zap the fibers and stretch that make it a good sports bra. Also it is good to hand wash them as well if not always at least from time to time.