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It is of utmost importance that we wear sports bras while walking, running, dancing, moving, doing yoga etc. At Kica, we have the perfect range of bras that provide support for all activities, these sports bras combine ultimate comfort with performance. Don’t ever doubt that you don’t need a sports bra. They are great for your breasts and you should never workout without one! We have a wide range of sports bras including front zip sports bras, hooks, and other properties to make it super convenient and comfortable for you when you work out. We have sizes from XS - XXL, that accommodate all shapes and sizes. A sports bra is designed differently from an ordinary everyday bra. It has a wider band, thicker straps, technical, moisture-wicking fabrics that are equipped to help you move and sweat comfortably. Working out in an everyday bra can result in chafing, discomfort, boob bounce and long term postural back and shoulder pain. Some of the best sports bras can reduce breast bounce by up to 83%,
When we do physical activity, whether that’s running, walking, HIIT, yoga, cycling, yoga or more, our breasts bounce up and down. This bouncing may not bother you, or it may, but the long term effects on your breasts are worth knowing.
Here’s where the role of the sports bra comes in. Sports bras are useful for many reasons:
Fit: The right sports bra should fit well both in the band and cups. It should feel tighter than a regular bra, but you have to be comfortable and be able to breathe deeply. The band should be a snug and comfortable fit.
Bulge: Similarly, your breasts should not bulge, from the top or by the underarm. If you see some skin bulging, you may want to try a bigger size.
Support: Raise your arms and see if the band moves, or if anything feels out of place. Jog a little and see how your breasts feel. If they feel like they’re moving, you may need to size down.
Overall, sports bras can provide 3 levels of support:
a) High Coverage/Impact: You require this bra for high intensity or vigorous workouts such as running, HIIT, biking, or zumba. They usually have wide bands and high compression cups.
b) Medium impact: If you are up for hiking, power yoga, or a strength training workout you can opt for medium impact sports bras. They have a little compression with wide bands and have removable cups.
c) Low coverage/ impact: If you’re into yoga or simply walking, low impact sports bras are what you need. They typically have narrow straps, removable cups or no cups and bands to support your chest.
Q1. What is the difference between a sports bra and a normal bra?
When looking at a regular bra, the major difference is in the function and purpose of the bra. Everyday bras are worn for comfort, support and style/aesthetic. We’re aware how painful and uncomfortable it can be for our breasts when we’re jumping around, but most likely that means you aren’t wearing the right bra that’s supporting you. It’s also a major cause for women to stop working out. So, having a bra that supports your breasts, can make all the difference. Sports bras are also made of material that has sweat wicking properties. This means, it will allow you to stay cool and dry, and prevent irritation during your workouts. The right sports bra can give you the confidence you need to work out in a gym, or around people in case you feel self-conscious of your breasts. Finding the right size and style for you and your body is also extremely important. Know more differences here - What Is the Difference Between A Sports Bra And A Regular Bra
Q2. What sports bra to choose for workout?
Based on your movement, you can pick a sports bra that is high, medium, or low support. If you are going for a walk or doing a gentle yoga class, a low impact sports bra is perfect for you. If you like high intensity sessions like zumba, HIIT, or running, you will require a high impact sports bra. Medium and high impact sports bras usually have wider straps and cups for extra support.
Q3. Is it good to wear sports bras daily? How long can you keep a sports bra on?
As sports bras have a snug fit, and usually wider straps, your skin might not be getting to breathe as much. This could cause some irritation and acne if you’re wearing this for hours at a stretch. Also, because of the support sports bras provide, your breasts end up being squished against the garment. This of course, makes it more comfortable while working out, but for every day, all day wear, it could be less comfortable.
Q4. Can my yoga bra and running bra be the same?
Yoga and running have different intensity levels; you could pick different sports bra for both activities. To prevent the bounce of your breasts while running, a medium or high impact sports bra will serve you better. However, for yoga you can pick a sports bra of your choice and comfort.
Q5. How to care for your sports bra?
A sports bra must be washed after every use. It’s best to wash these bras by hand over machine wash. Detergent can be used. Ensure that they are air dried.
Q6. How often should you be replacing your sports bras?
Good quality sports bras should last you a few years. The only reason to replace your sports bra is if it has lost it’s stretch and/or the elastic has loosened. Similarly, if your body has changed, which it can due to many reasons, it is important to change your bra size accordingly.