5 Refresher Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Sports Bra
Let's talk about your sports bra! Are you wearing the right one for the lifestyle you lead and the activities you enjoy? That skimpy number you saw on Instagram might look great in photos but won't be perfect for your next run. Even that worn-out sports bra you’ve been wearing for years might not be what you need now.
There are almost too many choices in the advent of athleisure fashion but not enough information. But we’re here to help by breaking it down into five of the most important questions you should be asking yourself.
When we previously discussed if you should wear your sports bra all day, one of the points we concluded is that if you’re doing light to moderate activities and can stay cool during the day (read: not sweat), then you can totally transition from work to work out in just one bra.
But otherwise, you’re better off switching from your regular bra to a sports bra that offers more compression and support.
There are two major factors to this:
Sports bras don’t usually come with cup size options but don’t let that fool you into thinking that chest size isn’t important when picking the correct style. More ample girls simply require more support, preferably with a fixed band and shoulder straps that are thicker to prevent shoulder strain. Broader body types also benefit from these wider straps.
Our Dakota Bra and Nova Midline Bra models might be perfect for you if this sounds like you. Both styles feature Kydra’s four-way stretch and have supportive straps. On the other hand, the Core Bra is more suitable for mid-intensity workouts and lends itself well to leaner frames but doesn’t compromise on support and comfort.
2LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Unsupported breasts are never a good thing during any kind of physical activity, even for smaller sizes. Regardless of cup size, high-impact activities like running call for sports bras with more compression to hold the chest.
Sports bras like the Ava, Vania and Skylar Bra will give you the support you need for low to moderate impact activities such as yoga and Zumba. And while it’s fine to wear a high-impact style for a low to moderate workout, we highly discourage going the other way around. Invest in different types to make sure you’re treating your girls right.
Last year’s sports bra might not be the sports bra for you this year as sports bras can overstretch with extended use over time. So it’s necessary to check your measurements regularly.
We’ve given our Kydra Squad a helpful guide on how to get your measurements properly to ensure the right fit. Then grab your tape and start jotting down those numbers!
You’ll need to know your:
- Band size
- Cup size
- Bust circumference
Remember that an ill-fitting sports bra isn’t only unsightly but can lead to chafing muscular and skeletal pain and possibly affect your breast shape due to a lack of support in the ligaments found in the area. Regardless of your size, your girls can start sagging if not treated right.
Your sports bra should offer support without restricting blood flow, allow your body to breathe, and stay in place even during the more rigorous exercises. We’re talking no falling straps, no bands riding up, or spillage (top, down, and sides).
Always choose a style that has good chest coverage. And then do side twists, stretches, and jumps to test the fit and comfort level. If you can, mimic the motions you would do for the activities you have in mind.
Another top tip: Pull the bottom band down from the front centre and check if it moves. It should move at least half an inch. If it doesn’t move or moves too much, then it’s not the correct size.
The truth is that you will need more than one type of sports bra to suit various activities that you enjoy. Aside from that, as your body or lifestyle changes, you will likely have to change your workout wardrobe accordingly.
Kydra has a full range covering different levels of physical exertion, including everyday styles for your brunch out with the besties. Our styles are all made with sweat-wicking fabric and come in a wide range of colours. Each has a helpful product description to help make a more informed choice.
First, consider your lifestyle and the activities you plan to do. Then weigh your preference for function or fashion. Although, with the range of colours and styles available through Kydra, being both fashionable and functional won’t be a problem.
Lastly, get the right fit to get fit! Measure yourself and test your current sports bras regularly to ensure you’re still wearing the correct size.