It is impossible to dispute that sports bras are very comfortable. And, they are becoming more and more fashionable. As we blur the line between casual and sportswear, our offices are becoming more casual and sports bras are becoming more natural compared to the regular bras we wear every day.
But is it okay to wear a sports bra every day? Is it bad for your breast tissue or your health? Fitop invites you to join the discussion together at...
Advantages of sports bras
Provides strong support
There's a reason sports bras are the undergarment of choice for intense activities like running, cycling or virtual aerobic classes. Offering three impact-resistant types - low, medium and high - sports bras are designed to prevent swaying. In fact, this compact feel offers more than just comfort. Do you know how your breasts bounce when you don't wear a supportive sports bra during a workout? Studies show that this movement slowly weakens the connective tissue that ultimately makes up the shape of your breasts.
Easy to maintain
You don't have to worry about hand washing or watching the spin cycle of your washing machine. You can wash sports bras every day and they won't even get slightly damaged. They are one of the easiest parts of clothing to maintain, and you never have to worry about them being damaged by subjecting them to higher temperatures.
For me, life seems to be a constant roller coaster. Swishing through it, trying not to fall off. So anything that makes it easier for me I am working on. One bra type instead of two. Yes, please. I'll gladly give up my everyday bra if it makes life a little easier.
Lightweight technical materials
Sports bras are designed to be lightweight and made of innovative materials. Even through the heat of high summer, the sweltering heat makes you sweat a bit. But since most sports bras are made of lightweight moisture-wicking materials, they can help keep you dry and cool on hot summer days.
Disadvantages of sports bras
Usually too tight to wear for long periods of time
Sometimes one good thing can be too many, and wearing a sports bra is no exception. The problem is that many sports bras are too tight, which is known to weaken back muscles, cause shoulder pain, and wreak havoc on your posture.
Causes abrasions and redness
Wearing a sports bra all day can lead to skin abrasions under your armpits, under your sternum and above your shoulders, especially if you're walking around all day.
But here's the thing - abrasions are also a sign of ill-fitting underwear! Choose a sports bra made with a quality moisture-wicking fabric that provides support without going deep into the skin.
Is it bad to wear a sports bra all the time?
Sure, there are many benefits to wearing a sports bra all day, but is it safe? The simple answer is yes, but with one caveat; it must fit well and be comfortable.
It may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many women don't wear the correct size bra. In fact, studies have shown that as many as 80% of women do not. I can't stress this enough; take the time to make sure you are wearing the correct size. Either go through a professional fitting or if you can't go to a professional sports bra store or follow the instructions below for a professional online retailer with a dedicated "fitting room" section.
Comfort is another important factor. If you come home sore and chafed, there is no need to wear a supportive sports bra for everyday wear. Your sports bra must be comfortable. Period. Sports bras are designed to fit snugly (to provide the support they offer), but should not feel tight or painful. If you notice that your sports bra leaves red marks on your chest or shoulders, it squeezes your skin or you feel any discomfort, then it is not sized correctly and is not giving you the comfort you need.
How does your sports bra fit? Can you wear it comfortably all day?