Myth 3 – Wearing Two Sports Bras at Once Does the Job.
Many women think that to get more support you simply need to wear two (or more) sports bras. But as my mother used to say, “two wrongs do not make a right”.
You can wear as many strappy sports crops as you want. They will not give you the support you need during a run.
One good fitting, comfortable and supportive sports bra should do the trick (and save you money!) If you do feel you need a little more support, try a complimentary breastband.
Myth 4 – It is OK to Wear the Same Sports Bra for Every Activity.
It so isn’t! I challenge you to run 10ks in a yoga crop. And it will be uncomfortable trying to contort into your favourite asana wearing your high impact running bra.
Sports bras have different impact levels. Low Impact, Medium Impact and High Impact. You should try and match the impact level with the activity you do. Low impact = Yoga. High Impact = running. Multiple activities mean multiple sports bras.
If your budget is a bit tight always wear down an impact level never up. It’s OK to wear a running bra to your yoga session (even if it is a little uncomfortable) but never wear your yoga bra running!
Myth 5 – A Sports Bra Can be Worn for Years.
When someone tells me this I ask, “do you wear the same running shoes for years?” The answer is usually a resounding no.
And so, it should also be for your sports bra. Over time wear and washing breaks down the elastic and technical fabric of a sports bra. Consequently, they begin to stretch and not offer the support they once did.
If your sports bra allows you can tighten the band and straps to buy a little more time. As a rule of thumb, a sports bra should never have a birthday.
Myth 6 – I’m a (Insert Your Size), So That Won’t Fit.
Just like shoes and tights, sports bras fit differently depending on the brand or style. Don’t you just love women’s clothing!
You may be a 12D in one brand, a 10DD in another, and 14C in another. It is called ‘sister sizing’ and you can use it to help you find the right size sports bra no matter the style.
Myth 7 – One Sports Bra is Enough.
Maybe if you only exercise once a week. But if you regularly exercise you will need more than one sports bra.
It is a good idea to have three sports bras on rotation. Wear one, one in the wash and one for tomorrow. This will also help increase the longevity of your sports bras.