THE SUPPORT Factor THE SUPPORT Factor
Whether you're walking, running, or pushing it to the limit, the right support is essential to protect your breasts. Our support factor rating, created with the Australian Institute of Sport, makes it easy to choose the right sports bra for your sport.
Whether you’re walking, running, or pushing it to the limit, the right support is essential to protect your breasts. Our support factor rating, created with the Australian Institute of Sport, makes it easy to choose the right sports bra for your sport.
MYTH #1 - SMALL BREASTS DO NOT NEED SUPPORT
Nope. Wrong. Even 10A breasts move up to 4cm from where they started. It might not sound like that much, but it can lead to breasts losing their perkiness and succumbing to the sag.
MYTH #2 - BOOBS ARE ALL TISSUE
Yes and NO! Your breasts are held in place by skin and tiny, delicate Cooper’s ligaments. If you’re not kind to these fabulous little ligaments (ie.you don’t wear a sports bra for exercising) they can tear or suffer damage, leading to a date with gravity’s dreaded effects.
MYTH #3 - SPORTS BRAS ONLY STOP THE PAIN OF BOUNCING BREASTS
As if this isn’t reason enough to keep your girls supported! However, there is more than one purpose for a sports bra. That bounce stresses your Cooper’s ligaments (see above) which means your breasts will be under strain, and at risk of starting to sag. Heads up to our C and D friends, get yourself an encapsulated sports bra for ideal protection – the design supports each breast separately
MYTH #4 - YOUR BREASTS STAY THE SAME THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE
No, no, no, no and no. Here are some words for you to think about. Hormones. Ageing. Breastfeeding. Pregnancy. Weight fluctuations. Every time you go through one of these, you’ll most likely need a whole new bra collection – including your sports bra. Remember, your workout bra works that hard for you, so replace it every six months.
MYTH #5 - YOU DON’T NEED A SPORTS BRA FOR YOGA OR WALKING
Anyone who’s done a downward dog knows the answer to this one. It’s pretty simple. The only time your breasts are not moving is when you’re standing or lying down. Period. A 12B can bounce as much as 8cm while jogging, and a DD can move to 18cm. You should wear a sports bra when you’re doing anything you’d place in the “exercise” category.
MYTH #6 – YOU SHOULDN’T WEAR AN UNDERWIRE DURING EXERCISES
Not true! The breast has limited natural support and any unsupported movement causes the breast to move: up-down, in-out, side to side - this multidirectional movement can cause breast pain. Breasts of any size need to be individually supported through lifting and separating. This type of construction is called encapsulation and is enhanced by underwires which hold the breast securely in place. The most common mistake is to wear an under band too loose or cup too small. This can often happen when wearing a crop bra which is relies on the compression structure, thus making underwires the best way to go!