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7 Benefits of Wearing a Sports Bra Vs a Traditional Bra

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Sports bras look good, feel great, and offer maximum protection.

Sports bras look good, feel great, and offer maximum protection.

People who assume they don't need to wear a sports bra often say, "I am not into sports or any physical activity, so I don't need one."

Girls and women often associate the sports bra with physical activity, but some doctors, experts, and everyday women recommend wearing one even if you aren't exercising. Here's a quick look into the benefits of wearing a sports bra.

1. Sports Bras Help You Avoid Discomfort

Do you go to the gym, go for a walk, or maybe do some stretching exercises at the park? Even low-impact exercises, such as stretching or jogging, can be uncomfortable if your breasts are not held in place.

Good-quality sports bras are designed to handle movement and motion so that when you move, they will provide maximum support and hold your breasts firmly in place. Regular bras don't offer enough support, may cause tension on the shoulders, and can accumulate sweaty patches.

2. They Help Reduce Breast Pain

Muscle ligaments in a woman's breasts move up, down, and sideways whenever there is movement. This can sometimes result in pangs of pain after exercising. Because sports bras are designed to restrict the movement of breasts, users often report less or no pain at all even after rigorous workouts.

If you experience breast pain after exercising, you may want to see an expert to help you get the best-fitting sports bra for a comfortable and secure fit. If the pain persists, visiting your family doctor or any other qualified medical practitioner is recommended.

Sports bras will go a long way in keeping breasts from bouncing. This will avoid attracting unwanted attention while exercising and working out.

Sports bras will go a long way in keeping breasts from bouncing. This will avoid attracting unwanted attention while exercising and working out.

3. They Help You Avoid Nasty Stares and Drooling Faces

Do you find it annoying when people stare at your boobs while you are running on a treadmill? Do you find it embarrassing when people stare at your chest while you're working out? Does it make your blood boil when the pizza delivery guy talks to your boobs while you are in your comfort clothes? If you've been nodding along, maybe it is time you bought a sports bra to curb the menace.

One of the biggest advantages of wearing a sports bra is that it helps avoid nasty stares and glances. A good-quality sports bra fits snugly around the upper torso, holds the breasts in place, and to a significant extent, prevents them from bouncing during exercise. This is a big boon, especially for women with a bigger bust. While a sports bra cannot guarantee that guys will stop staring, it will reduce those embarrassing and awkward moments.

4. They Can Reduce Long-Term Sagging

Researchers believe that movement combined with inadequate support can lead to long-term sagging. In a study by the University of Portsmouth, scientists revealed that "breasts move far more than ordinary bras are designed to cope with." Wearing a sports bra is a commonly accepted remedy for sagging. It also helps prevent premature sagging.

5. Sports Bras Have Become Fashionable

Moving Comfort, Nike, Champion, Adidas, and all other major sportswear and apparel brands have come out with sports bra designs that are trendy. The online market place is full of sports bras of different designs, shapes, and colors.

They are a major fashion hit because you can wear them as a top. Celebrities and everyday women can be spotted wearing them in public at gyms and supermarkets, as well as around the house.

6. Sports Bras Are Great Alternatives to Regular Bras

Wearing sports bras is no longer limited to workout sessions. You can put one on even while lounging at home, doing chores, or running errands. They don't have straps so they are easy to slip on and take off. They also don't leave skin marks. They provide great support and are so comfortable that you will barely notice you have anything on.

7. Sports Bras Should Be Worn After Injury or Cosmetic Surgery

Women who have gone under the knife or those who are up-to-date with cosmetic surgery will be able to relate to the use of sports bras for healing. In the weeks after breast surgery or augmentation procedures, surgeons are known to recommend wearing a sports bra instead of the regular variety.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Carrie on May 08, 2020:

I have issues getting sports bras on and off. I guess I’m not as flexible as I used to be.

Lorraine K on December 28, 2019:

I e worn sports bras daily for roughly 10 years They’re far more comfortable than regular bras and the straps never slip I’m 63 and my breast do not sag at all - even though I’m overweight I say forget the regular bras and stick with the sports bras

Ansley on May 26, 2018:

i’m 15 yrs old and my sports bras are tight and it’s comfortable for me, i want to keep my breasts small because i play 3 sports so i want to stay flat haha, will that give me breast cancer?

joe on September 06, 2017:

Yeah but you look like a tard with it on every day. Find something else to wear ffs people. every day of the week. you just look like THAT person we all talk about when you walk by.

Cynthia from North Myrtle Beach, SC on June 24, 2012:

Love it! I wear them too! They are so much more comfortable. I did have trouble at first finding ones that fit. Thanks for the info!

Trsmd from India on February 16, 2012:

I think that by seeing the review, those who are not interested in sports also will participate, which will provide them to wear this bra. Thanks for SHARING and pinned it.

princesswithapen (author) on July 08, 2011:

Yeah it feels great to say goodbye to those nasty straps when your wear a sports bra, doesn't it?

I'm super excited about the hubnugget nomination too! Thanks heaps for stopping by on this one.


FloraBreenRobison on July 08, 2011:

Sports bras are extrememly comfortable. And you never have to worry about the straps needing realingment. And easy to take on and off too. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I'm so excited. Someone I'm following has been nominated.

princesswithapen (author) on July 07, 2011:

Yep, that's the funny thing with sports bra. They may feel a little 'unusual' in the beginning, but once you get used to them you can't live without them.

Thanks for stopping by, Simone.


Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 07, 2011:

Yeah, sports bras are fantastic! I don't know what I'd do without them. I practically LIVE in them when lounging about my apartment on warm days and working out. Lovely Hub :D

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