Quick, at least how many sports bras do you need to own at one time?
Hopefully you only need to wear one when running and if you are donning more than one at a time we can take care of that too. There are bras designed for all activities and most levels of desired support. If you think of your own collection of bras and know there are not three you like to wear, let’s fix that.
Why do you need to own 3 sports bras?
- one bra on the body
- one in the wash
- one in the drawer
At Pacers Running we support all runners, if you are a female, a key factor in getting the support you need includes owning the right sports bra for your body. Different activities require different levels of support and we carry a variety of styles for any activity you choose to do.
There are a number of factors that go into buying the right sports bra; first and foremost, you need to purchase a bra that fits you. We all think we know our bra size; this is not rocket science, right? Here is the problem, 80% of women are wearing the incorrect bra size. Your size can change for all sorts of reasons so when you get a new bra, or three, get sized every single time. All of the sales staff at Pacers Running knows how to fit you for a sports bra, it is a quick and painless process. If you want to work with the most acclaimed sports bra salesman drop by Pacers Clarendon to see Brandon; his skills are referenced on Pace the Nation podcast Episode 43.
The other factor to consider is bras, like shoes, wear out. Your running shoes should not celebrate a birthday; neither should your sports bra. Timing on replacing your sports bra depends on your activity level, the more intense or frequently you work out will dictate how often to replace. For running, typically replace your bras every 6 months, but if you’re marathon training replace them every 3 months. More mileage equals more use and wear and, just like your shoes, high miles wears out all of your gear. The elastic bottom band does the work of holding everything in place and it wears out, cups loose their shape.
There are different levels of support for different activities as well as personal preferences. When you buy and wear your bra keep in mind the impact level of the activity you are planning to participate in. Yoga does not require the same level of support as running does so you can dress accordingly.
Our friends at Brooks, who own Moving Comfort Bras, have some guidelines that are helpful to use when considering your go to bras.
- Secure: this type of style moves with the body, is ideal for the gym, yoga, one to try on is the Justright Racer
- Stabilize: this type of bra offers support and comfort, the Fiona is a great option for everybody
- Control: this holds curves securely in place, ideal for higher impact activities, the Juno is an example of a bra that offers a lot of control and stability
Lastly, you need to take care of your gear, and sports bras are no different.
Ideally, handwashing bras is ideal, but may not always be possible. If you wash them in a machine, take a moment to fasten all hooks and straps, place in a lingerie bag and use the gentle or delicate cycle. Always line dry, and never use dryer sheets or fabric softeners—they can clog the fabric and shorten the life of the bra.
Stop into any area Pacers Running location to see what you should add into your rotation to keep you happily running for many miles to come.