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SUPPORT YOUR GIRLS: THE TRUTH ABOUT SPORTS BRAS

Fellas, you can ignore this month’s Coach’s Corner article, but, ladies, listen up. Aside from your shoes, a sports bra is one of the most important pieces of gear to have for running and walking. You want to be comfortable and confident on your runs to make them more enjoyable and fun.

So, how do you pick the right sports bra? Here are a few things to consider:

COMFORT

A good sports bra should feel comfortable, stay in place, and not chafe. The straps should not dig into the shoulders, and the band should be comfortably snug to offer support but not feel restrictive. Do jumping jacks, run in place, or swing your arms side-to-side to make sure the sports bra is comfortable and supportive when you’re in motion.

SUPPORT

If you’re a small- or medium-breasted woman (A to C cup), a compression bra will offer support and comfort. Or, if you prefer, you can choose a bra that offers encapsulation for shaping as well as support. If you’re a larger-breasted woman (C to DD cup), encapsulating styles that separate and support your breasts are more comfortable and more supportive than compression bras. Choose a sports bra that does both for maximum support.

MOISTURE CONTROL AND BREATHABILITY

A good sports bra will wick sweat away from the skin, dry quickly, and be breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to pass through. A good sports bra will keep you cooler and drier when it’s hot, and drier and warmer when it’s cold.

So, when do you know it’s time to replace your bra? Here are the five reasons you should break up with your sports bra.

1) The bottom band starts chafing. Over time the elasticity will wear out, and the slack will create friction on your body.

2) You can’t read the tags anymore. If the tags are faded to where you can’t read the size anymore, it’s time to look for another sports bra.

3) It’s too big or too small. Your bra size is constantly changing, which is why 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra. A supportive sports bra relies on a perfect fit.

4) You need more than one. If you need to wear more than one sports bra at a time, you’re not getting what you need. We can help you find a more supportive style or brand.

5) You need new shoes. Just like your shoes need to be replaced with wear, your sports bra should also be replaced every 6-12 months. Consider replacing them together.

FUN FACTS

• 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. • Replace your sports bra when you replace your shoes. • Women should be fit for a bra at least once a year. • The average life span of a sports bra is 6-12 months. • Not all bras are created equal.

• Replace your sports bra when you replace your shoes.

• Women should be fit for a bra at least once a year.

• The average life span of a sports bra is 6-12 months.

• Not all bras are created equal.

Stop in and let any of the ladies on staff fit you for the perfect bra. Trust me, the girls will thank you.

By Marcia Scott

Marcia Scott is the Sports Training Program Coordinator and Coach at Fleet Feet Sports. For more information call 901.761.0078 or visit fleetfeetmemphis.com.

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