So it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve been seeing pink all over the place!
In that spirit, I wanted to share some info I learned last night. I’m a See Jane Run Ambassador and last night was my first time getting to meet the other awesome ladies of SJR. We met at the store in beautiful Rockridge, ate yummy Jule’s Pizza and met June, the rep from Moving Comfort.
I learned more about sports bras than I ever expected to know! Truthfully, I’ve never even cared all that much about what’s going on with my boobs during exercise, so long as they weren’t bouncing around. It turns out that there’s a lot more to it than that (big surprise, right?)!
1) First of all, a good sports bra is as important as good shoes. A proper fitting and supportive bra does more than just keep the ladies looking good in there. The “Cooper’s Ligament” is a series of fibrous strands that attach the connective, fatty breast tissue to the chest wall. When the breast is unsupported during activity, the weight of the tissue, coupled with the movement, causes this ligament to stretch, causing both discomfort and permanent damage to the breast tissue. Without a good bra, you won’t only be in pain while you workout, you’re also really hurting the “girls.”
2) Get Measured Yearly. I can attest to the changes in bra size that most women experience throughout life. I’m not THAT old and yet, I’ve already run the gamut in size. I started out as a solid 36C/D cup (high school, college, after college). Then I had babies. Throughout pregnancy, my girls got bigger and bigger and bigger until POW! After each baby was born, I was rolling in a 38GG! Double GUH-GUH! I laughed that they were so big I had to improve my posture by rolling my shoulders and arms back. If I didn’t, there was NOWHERE for my arms to GO!
Then I started nursing and they changed sizes multiple times throughout each day. That was a trip.
Right now, I’ve been finished breastfeeding (forever…no more babies for me. ;( boo hoo) and I’ve taken up running as a passion. I’ve also started a cross-training regime which includes Pilates, yoga, etc. My body has changed significantly, which I’ve enjoyed. Unfortunately, my ladies have lost the majority of the weight, though. So now I’m a member of what my Dad used to call the “itty bitty titty committee.” I guess I could join worse clubs, right!
Long story short, your bra size will change like it or not so get yourself sized on the regular. Or do it at home – here’s how:
a) measure your rib cage. Whatever this number is, add 4 and round down. For example, if you get 30 1/2″, you’d be a 34 “band size.”
b) measure around the largest part of your breasts. Without getting too technical here, just look in the mirror and make sure the tape measure is around the fullest part. Subtract that number from the ribcage size. Our example was 30 1/2′ around the rib cage. So if you measured 36 around the breasts, you would be a C cup…here’s the breakdown on cup size:
3″ = AA
4″ = A
5″ = B
6″ = C
7″ = D
8″ = DD
9″ = E
10″ = F
c) find your bra size on the rack and try on a bunch of bras until you find one you love. Then buy 2-3 so you have enough to be wearing one, washing one and hanging one to dry all the time. Oh, and even your ladies are large, you shouldn’t have to wear more than one bra…look for a good one and you’ll get the support you need from just one (seriously, Moving Comfort has some NICE bras!).
3) If you’re super active and you wear the same bra pretty regularly, you should think about replacing it every 6-12 months. If you’re like me and you love to rotate ’em, you probably have more time than that. A good rule of thumb is that if your bra looks like a pair of old socks (with pilling and drooping), throw it out!
4) Here are a couple of interesting notes I picked up last night: (i) you don’t actually have to wash the bra after each wear. Wear it into the shower with you to rinse the sweat/salt off, hang it to dry and wash it every 2-3 wears. (ii) another clear sign it’s time for a new bra is if you’re chafing. Chafing could be caused by an improper fit or because the bra is just worn out. (iii) Do you know why there are 3 hook/loop closures on your bra?!? I didn’t! It’s so that you can tighten it as the bra’s elasticity gives out. Always start on the loosest hooks so you can tighten it as it ages. If you get to the tightest and it’s starts feeling loose, it’s time for a new bra.
Now we both know a lot about sports bras! Is it time for you to get a new bra? If so, head on down to your local sporting goods store or See Jane Run and tell them that Fun Fabulous Fierce sent you. I’m sure they’ll know what you mean!
And, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a yummy looking snack from Hip2Save.