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How to pick the perfect sports bra?

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Every woman’s chest is unique, and naturally, each requires different levels of lift and support. Without proper support, breast tissues undergo a lot of horizontal and vertical movement and the risks of having undesired sagging increases, particularly so when working out.


First and foremost, the sports bra you choose should match the type of activity you intend to do. More intensive exercises such as running and aerobics typically require higher support. And low impact workouts such as yoga need lesser support.

As sport bras come in a large assortment of types and sizes, it can be mindboggling for some to figure them out. 

Here are some tips to help you get the right support you need.


For ladies with a slimmer figure:

- Compression-style shelf and demi-cup bras are more suited for smaller cup sizes and workouts of moderate intensity 

- Racerback straps provide a little more support as they anchor the bra closer to the body

For ladies with a fuller figure:

- Encapsulated bras with individual cups are the better option for women with bigger busts 

- Wide shoulder straps are preferred as they distribute weight better, preventing strain on the necks and the shoulders 

- Back clasps are the go-to for increased support around the band for bigger sizes


When choosing a sports bra to purchase, Nike’s senior innovation manager Susan Sokolowski provided three simple determining tests:

1. Hold the top of one strap and the centre of the corresponding cup and pull. Less stretchy front straps provide more control over movement. 

2. Pull at the top and bottom of each cup to determine the stretch. The lesser it is, the more control. Cups should support the whole breast without spillage. 

3. Slide a finger under the band between the breasts and pull. The distance should not be more than an inch. For adjustable band sizes, a snug fit should be achieved with the clasp on the first eyelet.


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