I live on the Gold Coast and the weather here is supportive (see what I did there?) to wearing a sports bra in public. Warm sunshine and beautiful coastline are very conducive to donning the tights and sports bra and heading out for a beach walk.
A short walk along the beach front at Burleigh reveals many women walking, jogging or running with their sports bra proudly on show. I love it, free the belly and get outside with pride.
One thing that does make me shudder. Seeing a young, full breasted woman running along the path in her strappy crop with her breasts bouncing in every direction. Maybe good for Instagram but oh so terrible for her breasts.
Today I will take you through the 5 things to consider when wearing a sports bra in public. Read on and step out in style and comfort without the worry of something popping out unexpectedly.
1. Self Confidence
I have put this one at the top of my list. Before you read on you first need to have the confidence to rip your singlet off and proudly step out with only your sports bra to support you.
If you are anything like me (40+, two kids, jelly belly) this is not as easy as it sounds. Why not you ask? Unfortunately, we live in a society that can judge and can body shame.
The question then becomes, who cares? Up until recently me, that’s who. But you know what I exercise, eat well and even with all that I am who I am. Jelly belly and all (I blame the kids!).
So, I have learnt to step outside of my comfort zone. To hit the trails with only my sports bra. And you know what my soft mid-section didn’t cause other trail users to burst into flames! The reality is no one really cares.
Now that I have realised that everyone is to busy with their own lives to give more than a passing glance, I have embraced the sports bra. Guys run shirtless to keep cool so why can’t I.
That is my story. If this is already you or you are building the confidence to make it, you. Then please read on to ensure the sports bra you chose is the best one for you.
So, we’ve got over ourselves and decided ‘yep’ I’m going to be one of those women!’. Go you, a very liberating step.
Support is the first thing you need to consider. After all that is the fundamental reason sports bras were invented. To support your breasts.
I know what you are thinking. I am happy to wear a sports bra, but I don’t want to go out in public with my breasts squashed to my chest.
Luckily for you there are plenty of high support options that keep the girls in shape. Many high support sports bras offer ‘Encapsulation’ support. That is, they hold each breast individually helping keep your natural breast shape. My blog explains more.
The level of support you need will depend on your activity. A walk will need less support than a run. And you breast size. A 12B will need less support than a 12G. Bigger breast = more weight = more support required.
If you are not sure then err on the side of caution and go up a support level. Your breasts will thank you.