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High Impact Sports Bras: How to Choose the Best Sports Bra for Running
Being active is crucial for our physical and mental health. But, have you stopped to think about whether the bra you’re wearing to exercise is the right one for the job? A high intensity cardio activity like running can have a significant impact on the health of your breasts. So, choosing the right sports bra is just as important as the right running shoes.
Find out how to choose the best high impact sports bra.
How will a high impact sports bra help when running or doing cardio?
High intensity, high impact physical activities, such as running can have a significant impact on your breasts. And, it’s not hard to imagine that breast comfort affects women’s running motivation. A lot of the breast pain women experience during exercise is from inadequate support.
Breasts move in a figure eight pattern in all three dimensions. They don’t just bounce up and down, but move side to side and forward and backward as well. When you add all that movement together, unsupported breasts can move about 15 centimetres during every stride. No matter what speed you’re going, your breasts move the same amount, so you need to wear a high support bra all the time.
What should I look for in a high intensity sports bra?
Bra technology is constantly improving, so there are plenty of options when it comes to determining the best sports bra for you. Here are our top five considerations.
- Support level required
Different types of activity, such as running vs yoga, require varying levels of support. Your best sports bra for running is something tailored for high impact activity. The Triaction Performance Sports Bra is designed specifically for cardio activity. For a wire-free, high impact option, the Triaction Extreme Lite Sports Bra might be just what you need.
Other Triaction by Triumph sports bra ranges offering lighter options are:
- Studio specific styles, such as the Triaction Zen Top, perfect for yoga and pilates
- Crop Tops, such as the , great for non-cardio gym activity
- Straps and band
The straps and band should feel firm, but not tight. The larger your bra size, the wider the band below your breasts should be. The stylish Triaction Control Lite Minimiser Sports Bra is ideal for high impact training, with comfort wire and padded 3D straps.
The innovative moisture-wicking eco fabric we use in many of our sports bras allows breathability. This type of material reduces sweating, irritability and chafing by drawing sweat away from your body,
Rather than just picking up your usual size, make sure you try on a range of sports bras. It’s a good idea to choose a bra that fits on the loosest setting, so you can tighten the bra as it stretches over time.
In the fitting room, try a few star jumps, squat jumps or high knees to road test a selection of bras. It might feel silly, but it’s worth it to check the support each one offers. Visit us at Triumph to be professionally fitted and explore our entire range of sports bras. Importantly, the best sports bra is the one you're comfortable in and happy to wear.
What difference will I notice when I'm wearing a high impact sports bra?
Wearing the best running bra will boost your confidence, feel so much more comfortable and improve your performance. You’ll likely set bigger activity goals for yourself, all the while knowing you’re looking after two of your best assets.
Do you need a lingerie update to better support your breasts during physical activity? Check out our range of sports bras to find the one that’s right for you.
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