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When you go shopping for a running bra, be prepared to try several of them on. Look for those made of moisture-wicking fabric. Check to make sure there are no rough seams on the inside of the bra. Choose one that has wide straps so they will not fall down while you are jogging. Avoid those that have underwires or wire closures, as these can dig into your skin.
Look for a bra made of moisture-wicking fabric. This material is designed to keep sweat away from your body so you feel cooler while exercising. Coolmax® and Dri-fit® are two popular materials used for making workout clothing. Avoid buying a running bra made entirely of cotton, as this material tends to absorb moisture rather than pull it away from you.
It is very important to buy a running bra with solid straps. The straps should be wide, rather than spaghetti straps, because thin straps are likely to fall down while you are jogging. Wide straps also help support the weight of your breasts better than thin straps do.
Choose a bra with a solid or racer back construction. A racer back bra has straps that arch around the shoulder blades. Racer back bras are often recommended for women with large breasts, and a running bra with a solid back might be ideal for women with small breasts.
Once you have chosen a well-constructed bra, make sure you try it on before leaving the store. If you have a special t-shirt or tank top that you wear while jogging, wear it the day you go shopping. That way you can make sure the straps do not show.
After putting on a bra, move your arms in circles forward and backward. Next, raise them above your head and lower them. This can give you an idea of whether or not the sports bra is likely to ride up while you are exercising.
The next thing you should do is jog in place or jump up and down a few times. This can let you know how much bounce control the sports bra actually provides. Discard any that do not support you well during this activity.
Even well-constructed sports bras can lose elasticity over time. This might mean a running bra will need to be replaced every few months. Laundering this garment by hand and allowing it to air dry can often increase the life of the item.
@croydon - I've heard the theory that wearing a bra actually weakens the ligaments in your breast and leads to them becoming saggy more often than not wearing a bra will.
However, even people who think this will advise women with larger breasts to wear a sports bra, as it's all too easy to injure the ligaments when running, unfortunately.
It makes you wonder what cave women did when they needed to run somewhere. Did they just never develop very large breasts? Or did they rarely have to run.
At any rate, having a decently fitting sports bra can definitely save you some pain.
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