The benefits of exercise are well known from enhancing mood, improving sleep to maintaining muscle mass and preventing osteoporosis. Yet ladies with a bigger bust experience more barriers to exercise than their smaller chested counterparts.
From time to time, we all experience a lack of motivation to exercise. The strains of modern life can sap our energy and time. However, a study found that breasts were the fourth barrier to exercise for women ranking ahead of costs and access to facilities.
A separate Australian study showed that women with larger breasts experienced increased breast motion which led them to partake less in vigorous physical exercise. At DeBra’s we believe that women with fuller busts shouldn’t have to experience pain or embarrassment when exercising. We’ve pulled together some tips with some help from Jess Dally-Butler, a personal trainer at Fitness First to help women feel strong and confident when exercising no matter what size they are.
Invest in a good sports bra This might seem obvious but a good sports bra that is designed for larger boobs is the first step to minimising discomfort when exercising. Here are our top best selling sports bras:
The Elomi Energise Sports Bra with J Hook has a unique construction where the wire finishes below the neck edge of the bra. This gives perfect bust separation and the higher neckline offers great control and minimises bounce.
The Glamorise Magic Lift Full Figure Sports Bra offers seamless cup support. The magic lift design helps lift, shape and support without a wire. While the non-slip adjustable back straps provide comfort for all activity types.
The Non Padded Underwired Sports Bra from Sculptresse is lightweight and streamlined. It has foam straps which help decrease pressure on the shoulders. It also features a high neckline for added coverage and converts from straight straps to a racer back for increased support.
Too many women out there are still wearing the incorrect size of bra. Wearing a well fitted bra can be a game changer that improves your posture, comfort and confidence.
DeBra’s offer virtual fittings to ensure you are properly fitted if you aren’t able to pop into one of our stores located in Penrith and the Gold Coast. To organise an appointment simply engage with the live chat on our website or give us a call. You can also read more about virtual bra fitting process here.
Opt for low impact exercise
Go for the classes and exercise that are low impact. Lower impact means less jumping around and feeling the tug and pain of your breasts bopping around. Classes like body step, barre and spin cycle are all good options.
Also, rather than running on the treadmill go for an incline walk. For cardio options why not jump on the bike, cross trainer or stepper instead. Lastly, and most importantly - lift some weights! A great low impact option that can easily, progressively be made harder when your body adapts. Regardless of your experience, working with a personal trainer is highly recommend so you get the most out of it.
Get on the weights floor
Weight training is a perfect low impact option. When done correctly, it strengthens your glutes, hamstrings, core and back which will help with any lower back pain you might experience from having a larger bust.
Despite the myth still lingering around weight training will not make you look like the hulk ladies! You will get a nice little increase of tightness to begin with. Then to get anything more you have to eat and train purposefully to gain muscle - it takes a lot of work!
Doing weights a few times per week will have you feeling like a strong female warrior badass and is often the missing link in most women’s training regime.
Visit www.fitnessfirst.com.au to learn more about Fitness First’s facilities and group training options.