You know the importance of proper fit when it comes to your running footwear. That’s why you do your research to choose the right running shoes. You also understand one pair of running shoes won’t last forever, which is why you replace your running shoes every 300 to 500 miles.
Do you approach your sports bra the same way? It’s OK, don’t feel bad if you don’t. A lot of women underestimate the value of a properly-fitting bra when it comes to supporting the girls. But, it’s time that ended ... because wearing the right bra is essential no matter your size, activity, or shape. Wearing an ill-fitting bra has the potential to not only create breast pain mid activity, but it could also cause long-term damage.
What’s more, like shoes, sports bras don’t last forever. Every time you wear and wash your sports bra, the elastic stretches. Given that the elastic in the band is often the most supportive part of the bra, that's a pretty big deal. If you participate in a moderate amount of physical activity a week (four days of running, for example), you should aim to replace your sports bra every six to eight months. Want to increase your bra’s life? Buy a few at once, so you always have one on hand to wear that’s clean, one in the wash, and one to spare.
To help you prepare, here's our step-by-step guide to finding the right fit. While it may sound intimidating, we also recommend working with a fit expert. Most women don’t know what size bra they should be wearing! So, chances are, if you haven’t ever been fitted for a sports bra, you’re probably running in the wrong size. At best, this is slightly uncomfortable and, at worst, it can damage breast tissue.