One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions that people make every year is to lose weight or get fit. If you’re joining the millions of people making this resolution for 2012, get a jump start on your plan by investing in a new sports bra! The right sports bra makes your workout a breeze; but the wrong sports bra or a poorly-fitted sports bra won’t provide the support you need, and could cause neck pain, back pain or other discomfort while you work out. Make sure you wear a properly-fitted sports bra when you start your New Year’s Exercise Resolution, and look for other great features to make your workout more comfortable.
Compression vs. Encapsulation Sports Bras
Compression style sports bras are designed to hold your bust in place with a compression-style technology; basically, the idea is to smush your breasts against your chest to hold them in place. Compression-style sports bras often have one single sling. Encapsulation-style sports bras offer individual cups to encapsulate your breasts. Some encapsulation sports bras also use compression technology to hold the breasts in place, while others rely on the band and the bra design to offer the support you need.
Compression-style bras work best for low-impact activities, or for women with smaller busts. Large-busted women may find that compression-style bras aren’t as effective at offering the support and containment they need for high-impact activities, such as running or aerobics; an encapsulation-style bra might be better in these situations.
Moisture-Wicking Technical Fabrics
Many sports bras today offer a choice of moisture-wicking technical fabrics. Breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics help move sweat away from your skin, keeping you drier and more comfortable during an intense workout. Our descriptions list when moisture-wicking fabrics are part of a bra’s construction, so if this is an important feature for you, look for that in the description.
When you’re looking at a sports bra, you’ll see things like “high-impact” and “low impact.” We’ve covered this before, so check out our earlier articles about sports bras if you want more info. Basically, high-impact sports bras are designed for activities with lots of movement, while low-impact sports bras are good for things like yoga where you do slow, controlled movements.
Think about the type of exercise you’re planning, and make sure you have a bra designed to offer the support you need for that activity. Many women have both high-impact and low-impact bras in their sports bra wardrobe for varying activities. High-impact bras tend to offer more support and are designed for bouncy activities such as running, but they may also be more restrictive – which may make them less comfortable for things like yoga.
Fit, Fit, Fit!
Ladies, we say it time and again here because it’s such an important thing – but fit is especially critical in a sports bra. When you’re wearing the wrong sports bra size, you won’t get the fit you need and you probably won’t have the support you need for your activity. Check out our bra fitting guidelines to make sure you get the right fit when you order your new sports bras.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at some specific sports bra recommendations to help you kick-start your new exercise plan for 2012!