Is it time to buy a new sports bra?

When is it time to go sports bra shopping? Here are five signs you need to go shopping for a new sports bra. 

woman in sports bra and shorts

A good sports bra is just as important as your regular bra even though you wear it for a fraction of the amount of time you wear your regular bra.

A sports bra should give you the best comfort and support during your runs and workouts. As they age, your sports bras wear out just like your running shoes. When that happens, it quits supporting you it’s supposed to.

How to choose a sports bra

  1. It should hold things in but not cut off my circulation or hurt your shoulders.
  2. It should be comfortable enough to forget about
  3. It has to be more functional than cute. However, both are acceptable.

5 signs you need a new sports bra

You don’t have enough

It might be time to go shopping for a new sports bra if you have to do a load of laundry before you’re able to work out. If you don’t have at least enough sports bras to get you through one week of workouts, it’s time to add to the collection.

Your shoulders or neck hurt after the workout

If your sports bra is hurting you after just an hour or two of being worn, it’s time to shop for a new sports bra. It could either be too small or not provide enough support.

It’s the wrong fabric

woman in orange adidas sports bra

Boob sweat is no fun for anyone, which is why it’s important to think about more than just appearance when it comes to the fabric. Although it can be tempting to go for a cheap and cute option, slightly pricier sports bras often involve more technologically advanced fabrics.

You’re constantly adjusting your bra

If you’re pulling on your bra during a workout, it might be time to shop for a new one. Your bra shouldn’t be something that you’re thinking about during your workout. If it’s a distraction, it’s time to find something that fits better. It also needs to provide the right support for the type of workout you’re doing.

Your boobs hurt after high intensity workouts

woman in green old navy sports bra

There are usually three levels of support: low, medium and high-impact. For high-intensity workouts that involve a lot of running, jumping or bouncing, you’ll definitely want high-impact bras. 

Your bra should be appropriate for the activity you’re doing. If it’s yoga, you can typically go for less support and buy a low impact bra. You will find when you buy high-impact bras, they will generally have thicker straps, more padding wires or be double-lined. When you try them on, you’ll be able to feel the difference in being “held in.”

Your bra should be comfortable and yet do it’s job of “holding you.”

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