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Sports Bras

2010-04-23 Running Gear 004-640Wearing a good, well fitting sports bra is a must when you run. It reduces the bounce and uncomfortableness of it.

This morning I went out for a 3km jog and quickly found that the old sports bra I found in the clean clothes pile was just not up to the job. It did not support me anymore, and I suspect it never really supported me at all. It was a cheap one I bought a few years back and wasn’t much more then a covering of non-stretch cotton with a little bit of mesh on the top. Around the same time as that one I bought 2, more expensive but properly fitted sports bras from an underwear shop and they are still among my favourites and still offer me comfort and support.

Since those early days I have seen the increase of sports bras in the department shops (K-Mart, Target, etc) and with this increase there has been an increase in quality. While you can still get the cheap and nasty ones which may do well for a run or two before the elastic stretches, you can now get the better quality ones at a reasonable price, in these shops. One of those can be seen to the left. This is a firm (read moulded) cup style with a racer back. Not only does this support it saves you from unnecessary embarrassment during or after a run. Due to the racer back design of this one it also encourages good posture. With this brand, it also has ratings according to the type of sports you would want to do while wearing one. This one was rated and recommended for joggers, cyclers and other similar intensity sports.

Not only can you buy the racer back style, you can also buy the ones which look like normal bras, the crop top type and even tops with built in support (though these are still best worn with a sports bra underneath as they don’t really offer support like you need). The choice in huge and now they even have colours other then white. So, when you are going out there to look for a suitable sports bra to start your adventures into the sporting world, try to choose something that has not only good support (jump up and down in the change room if you have to) but will last the distance, make sure you choose wisely because it is going to help make your next run a comfortable one.