You would not run in just any old shoes, so do not run in any old bra. A good sports bra is as an essential a piece of kit as a good pair of trainers. The breasts need to be held firmly in position to minimise bouncing around which is uncomfortable, but more importantly, causes stretching of the Coopers ligament which is the only ligament that stops the breast from sagging (once stretched it is irreversible, sagging breasts forever!).
A bra should fit snugly without the rib band restricting breathing, it should give a smooth outline without unsightly bulges over the cups or around your back, and the straps need to be wide enough to support the breast without causing ridges on your shoulders. There is an excellent choice of styles available, traditional style bras that are designed for different levels of sporting activity, crop tops designed to be worn as outer or under garments and vests with concealed support. Quality sports bras are manufactured from high performance fabrics such as fabrics designed to wick moisture away from the body and minimize the effects of perspiration while exercising, or special fibers incorporated into many of the bras for anti-bacterial and anti-odor protection, or also superb high-tech fabrics which are quick drying, crease and abrasion resistant yet with a soft smooth feel against the skin. A good sports bra will be so comfortable you will forget you are wearing it, leaving you to concentrate on your sport.
Run The Planet thanks the specialist sports bra e–retailer website www.boobydoo.co.uk for the permission to reprint the article "Sports bra: why wear one?" by Jane. Illustration © 2005 by Run The Planet.