Which Are the Best Sports Bras for the Mature Women?

Updated on March 4, 2018
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Middle-aged women are forgotten about by retailers. I offer help with clothing choices, skincare, and healthy eating for the mature woman.

Best sports bras for mature women
Best sports bras for mature women | Source

Sports Bras for the Older Women

We have all seen a woman either at the gym or jogging who wasn't wearing the correct sports bra. Her breasts will be bouncing around uncontrollably, no doubt causing her pain. When exercising, it isn't so much the look, as the comfort and functionality of a bra. It not only needs to hold the breasts in place but also provide support, with comfort, through a wide range of movements.

There are various types of sports bras on the market, and some are more suitable for the mature woman than others. If you have problems with flexibility consider a front closing type. These are much easier to get on and off whilst still providing you with the needed support.

Depending on the activity you'll be doing, you can select the perfect bra with this in mind. If you're a jogger, for example, you will need a bra for high impact. If golf is your sport, this is low impact, but you will need to be aware how high the sides of the bra rise. After 18 holes of golf, if your bra is rubbing every time you swing, you will soon be in pain.

I have selected a few for you to have a look at. These are popular designs for the mature ladies who wish to remain active.

Sports Bra for Women with Large Breasts

The bra below is my top pick for large women who want a sports bra or an athletic bra. The design is excellent as it provides cups and is cut higher which reduces movement when engaged in activities which could cause the breasts to move.

To ensure the size is correct, you should put the bra on and then lean forward allowing the breasts to fall into the cups. All the breast tissue, including that on the sides and towards the armpit, should be in the cup. Many women are wearing the wrong size bra because they don't pay attention to how far back the actual breast tissue extends. This is one reason why your bra may feel uncomfortable. If the seam of the cup is sitting on breast tissue, for example, under the armpit area, it will be pinching and pressing causing irritation. Combine this with the multiple repeated movements of exercise and a sweaty body and you have a recipe for problems.

Moving Comfort Women's Maia Bra,Black,34C
Moving Comfort Women's Maia Bra,Black,34C

This is a great bra. The rear closing means it is easy to put on and take off. The formed cups hold the breasts, they don't squash them. This bra comes quite high so it isn't the most flattering but for support, it is fantastic. It is my top pick. It also comes in a range of colors. Perfect for the large breasted woman as it holds the breasts and doesn't squash them.

 
Bras for Golfing
Bras for Golfing | Source

Compression Sports Bras for Mature Women

The style of the bra below is ideal for women who have small to medium size breasts. The compression style pushes the breasts close to the body to avoid any movement either vertically or horizontally. These allow very little movement of the breasts and are suitable for high impact sports such as jogging and aerobics.

However, if you have reduced flexibility in the shoulders, this might not be the bra for you as they can sometimes be difficult to put on and take off especially after a workout when the skin is sweaty.

Some women find these too confining when working out, but for the health and stability, a compression bra is a good option. If you wear a C cup opt for a compression bra with wider straps.

These are often worn as a top layer without a t-shirt over it. This keeps you cool, stylish and secure. The fabric is one which will wick away moisture which is always a bonus.


Champion Women's Absolute Cami Sports Bra with SmoothTec Band
Champion Women's Absolute Cami Sports Bra with SmoothTec Band

This is a great bra which is suitable for everyone except those with large breasts. The wide comfortable band keeps this down and still allows for up and down arm movement without riding up. The fabric is thinner so it's cooler as well. Adjustable straps help you make sure there is no chafing.

 

Breast Enlargement

If you have had breast enlargement then you will definitely be needing a sports bra to participate in any fitness activity. The extra strain will be exaggerated because of the augmentation. Choose a bra with wide comfortable straps to minimize the strain of the downward pull.

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Bras for Yoga
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Front Opening Sports Bras

When we were younger we had more flexibility. Now as we are aging it is getting slightly difficult to get our arms to the back to fasten our bra and almost impossible to pull something tight over our heads.

Perhaps a lack of flexibility is due to osteoporosis, arthritis, or a back problem. Whatever the reason, there are options available when purchasing sports bras. There are a range of front closure sports bras available.

No matter what your flexibility, these are easy on and easy off.


Champion Women's Zip Sports Bra, White Medium Grey, Large
Champion Women's Zip Sports Bra, White Medium Grey, Large

Because some of us may not have the range of movement to get in an out of a compression style bra, this zip front style is great. After a work out when you're hot and sweaty it can be a real dog to remove a bra without a zip or hooks. Trust me, I've been there. There is nothing worse than asking for help to remove a bra! Although any woman who has experienced the same, will completely understand your situation, and lend a hand.

 

Test Range of Movement

Once you have your bra in place, you should test it with a full range of movements.

Jumping, bending, stretching, twisting. There should be virtually no movement of the breasts.

Furthermore, you don't want anywhere to rub. This would be a sign of potential irritation during your training sessions. Check under the arms and the top edge. Also check under the cup, is there any tenderness there? Anywhere that looks slightly red now could become a problem.

If the skin beneath the breasts becomes sweaty this is a breeding ground for fungus. Wash and dry completely after training to avoid any potential problems.


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    © 2011 Mary Wickison

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        Mary Wickison 

        3 years ago from Brazil

        There are many department stores or lingerie stores which offer a fitting service. Also, she may also want to consider a vest or camisole. Many of these are so comfortable and soft.

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        kmpabby@gmail.com 

        3 years ago

        My 91 yr old incredible, amazing & beautiful mother has asked me to find her a bra that fits her properly & is comfortable. She is a small woman with 34A breasts. Does anybody have a suggestion?

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