Is it OK to wear a sports bra all the time?
OK, this week I am going to answer a question I often get asked; is it OK to wear a sports bra all the time?
Now I can understand why I get asked this question. After all we all love our sports bras. And what’s not to love, they’re our comfortable and supportive friend that keep our assets in check. We all know that one friend who seems to live in her sports bra. Every time you see her, she’s got one on and OMG how good would it be to ditch the everyday bra and just wear your supportive best friend all the time. But is it OK to wear your sports bra all the time?
Here’s what you need to know.
Advantages of Wearing a Sports Bra Everyday
In the past sports bras were designed solely for exercising in, but more recently, they’ve become so much more versatile. Advancement in design has allowed greater freedom in how and when you wear your beloved bra. Sports bras have many advantages that make them great for everyday wear.
Number one; a good fitting sports bra offers an impressive level of comfort and support. And with the busy lives we all lead; think running around after the kids, running around at work or just running to catch the train, we could do with that support and comfort all day long. All jokes aside if you have a bit more up top, you’ll love the extra support a good sports bra offers you all day long. Us bigger busted ladies know the discomfort even a mild lunch time walk can produce.
This support comes with an added benefit all us ladies can enjoy; it can help prevent the dreaded sagging! I for one want to be perkier for longer so I’m well up for anything that can assist that. The all-day support a sports bra can offer can certainly help. In a study by The University of Portsmouth, researchers revealed that “breasts move far more than ordinary bras are designed to cope with.” Thus, wearing a super supportive sports bra can help to protect your bust line and ward off any premature drooping. Yay!
Number two; convenience. Life for me seems to be one constant rollercoaster. Wizzing through it trying not to fall off 😊. So, anything that makes it that little bit easier I am up for. One bra type instead of two. Yes please. I’m happy to ditch the everyday bras if it makes life that little bit easier. No more changing bras for the gym, washing less bras and even less time spent shopping for the things all make life that little bit easier. A tick for me!
Number three; they’re lightweight and often made of technical materials. We’re currently suffering through the heat of mid-summer and the sweltering days make things a little bit sweaty. Ughhh. Since most sports bras are made from lightweight, moisture wicking materials, they can help keep you dry and cool on those hot summer days. Something I am very thankful of when there’s no air-con about.
Number four; dollars. Ah the almighty dollar. we all know this one fact; bras aren’t cheap!!! So, if I can ditch the everyday bra and wear my sports bra all the time the bank manager is going to be that little bit happier. If she’s (I’m a modern girl) happy I’m happy. And the best bit I now have a few extra dollars to spend on me.
Is It Safe to Wear my Sports Bra all day?
OK so there are a lot of advantages to wearing my sports bra all day but is it safe? The simple answer is yes but with a caveat; it must fit well and be comfortable.
Seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many women don’t wear the correct bra size. In fact, research show’s up to 80% of women don’t. I can’t stress this enough; take the time to ensure you are wearing the correct size. Either by having a professional fitting or if you can’t get to a specialist sports bra store (important as the 19-year-old lad at Rebel Sport may not have the necessary skills to fit you correctly!) or by following the instructions of a specialist online retailer with a dedicated ‘fitting room’ section.
Comfort is the other big factor. No point wearing your supportive sports bra all day at work if you come home sore and rubbed. Your sports bra must be comfortable. Period. Sports bras are designed to be snug (to offer the support they do) but they shouldn’t feel constricting or painful. If you notice your sports bra leaving red marks on your chest or shoulders, it pinches your skin or you feel any discomfort, then it is not the correct size and is not giving you the comfort, you need.
How does your sports bra match up? Could you wear it all day in comfort?
What do I Recommend?
A very good question. For a sports bra that can be worn all day I don’t have any specific brands or styles I highly recommend. But I do have a couple of tips that will make your selection easier.
Firstly; consider wirefree. I am a massive fan of wirefree sports bras. Modern designs offer great support and are oh so comfortable. Particularly when wearing them all day.
Secondly; go lightweight. I talked earlier about this but doing so will greatly increase your comfort level. There are some bras that fit so well they feel like a second skin and you forget you’re wearing them. I am also a massive fan of Anita Active. Not cheap but so comfortable and supportive and they go the distance (I’ve had mine for over two years!).
Thirdly; stick with what you know and love. If you love the comfort and support of racerback bras, wear them. If you are a massive fan of compression bras, then go for them. This is all about your comfort and support, nothing else. So, tick as many boxes as you can in your quest for the perfect everyday sports bra.
Yours in sports bras,