For active people, your sports bra is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll own – so this sports bra size guide is sure to help you.
Especially if you’re entering the 2023 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, whom Intersport Elverys are proud sponsors for 19 years now.
Even if you’re not entering it and are just a casual or serious sports person, this should be seen as an important investment in comfort and support.
Look at the care and precision we put into choosing our running shoes; the same level of scrutiny and detail should be put into the choice of sports bra.
Just like you do with your leggings too, which we have prepared this Leggings Size Guide BLOG for.
It’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong type/size of sports bras which can result in breast pain, soft tissue damage, chafing among other issues.
Choosing the right sports bra is essential for women of any size, shape or activity level. It’s important to make sure you have adequate support so you can lead an active lifestyle without unnecessary discomfort.
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Sports Bra Size Guide: Support
Light Support Bras
Usually, low energy activities will consist of little sweat.
Activities such as walking, yoga, or stretching would be considered low energy. For these workouts, you won’t need as much support as high energy exercises.
Choose lightweight sports bras with narrower straps and bands. An adjustable strap is not necessary for support during low energy workouts.
Medium Support Bras
These workout activities will be in between low and high energy, like gym sessions or cycling.
Just like the energy level, you’ll need a medium support sports bra to accommodate your body.
Unlike low-energy workouts, you’ll need a wider strap, and since you’ll be breaking a sweat, you need a bra that restricts breast movement more than low-support bras.
High Support Bras
Any high intensity activity, like running, will require a high support sports bra, as your body will constantly be in motion and you’ll need to make sure everything stays comfortably in place.
Find high support sports bras with wide bands and adjustable shoulder straps to adjust while you’re working out or after.
What size should I choose?
You should stick to the size that you wear in a standard bra (once you’re confident you have been fitted/measured properly). Various brands will offer size conversions either on in-store signage or on the product packaging.
Sports Bra Size Guide: Features
The main source of support comes from the band, which forms the foundation of a sports bra. The band should be snug around your rib cage, but comfortable. If it feels too tight, it is.
If you can fit two fingers between your body and the band (but not more) that’s the sign of a good fit.
Shoulder straps should feel secure and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement.
Straps that fit properly should not slip, and they should also not dig into your skin.
Adjustable straps allow you to fully customise the fit of your bra.
Some bras are pulled on over your head, some have a back closure with hooks.
Bras with back closure are easier to get on and off, and gives another option to further adjust/customise the fit.
The benefit of underwire in a sports bra is that it supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement.
Wicking fabrics move moisture away from your skin and keep you comfortable.
The more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its sturdier fabric and construction. Look out for moisture-wicking technologies.
Please note, thin straps are generally easier to hide, however wider straps offer more/better support.
Tank top: This style is most similar to a “normal” bra. The straps are often adjustable so you can customise the fit.
Criss-cross: These straps cross over each other and usually provide good support. The straps are often adjustable so you customise the fit.
Racerback: Sports bras with a racerback have shoulder straps that come together between your shoulder blades to create a Y-shape. This style is more suited for medium- to high-impact activities, but they are typically not adjustable.
It’s recommended that you re-assess/update your sports bra every 6 months to 12 months as over time the fibers, elastic and other components weaken, which compromises support.
More even more content that could benefit the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in 2022, check out our Running Shoe Size Guide.
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