Looking for the right activewear to ace your workouts? If so, the most important is a snug and comfortable sports bra. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when picking your sports bra:
How to choose sports bra: Pick your activity level
What kind of exercise do you usually do? Is it low impact such as yoga or walking, or high impact such as running or playing sport? Each sports bra is made differently to provide the ideal support that your body needs for the particular activity you choose. Pick a bra that maximises the support you need for your specified activity. Pro tip: pick bras with individual cups for high intensity workouts.
1. Feel the fit
How should a sports bra feel? They’re meant to sit firmly against your chest and be somewhat tighter than your regular bra, but not to the point of discomfort. Slip two fingers between your straps and shoulder and if you can breathe comfortably, you know it’s the right fit.
2. Types of straps
Choose between racerback or wide straps. Racerback straps cinch the back, so it provides a snugger fit, thereby giving your bust more support while wider straps are better for bigger bodies as they distribute weight better and come with adjustable straps.
3. Broad bands
Broader the bands, the more support it will provide your body. When you try on the bra make sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and that the bands are lying flat against your body but not cutting into your skin.
4. The right fabric
Although most sports bras are made with breathable fabrics, choose a fabric that feels comfortable for your skin and one that has a blend of moisture-wicking fabrics that will keep you cool while you sweat.
5. Try it out
Lastly, before buying one, jump around, swing your arms and take long, deep breaths while wearing the bra to know for sure if it’s the right fit for you.
From Enamor and Triumph to sports brands such as Adidas and Reebok, there are lots of stylish options to choose from!