I know Beyoncé will be happy about this – sing! ♫ Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation ♫ —- cause, you know, you (plus a good sports bra) slay.

In my weekly runs, I’ve noticed that there are women who are conscious to run because their bosom moves and some people look at them differently. The solution to overcome this “problem” is to wear a sports bra that provides enough support for the chest. There are many sports bras in the market that feature different styles and cuts. How do you tell their difference at a glance? How are these sports bras categorized?

The answer is simple; sports bras are categorized according to the support they provide to female runners: light, medium, full

You pick the “support” you need based on the activity or workout you’ll do. If your exercise routines involve minimal movement, go for the sports bra with light support. However, for running or intense workouts, you’ll need to wear a sports bra with full support.

To help you out in picking which sports bra will suit you, here are some useful tips (gathered from my experience with wearing sports bra in training, workouts, and races)

  1. Know your bust size before shopping for sports bra.  A sports bra fits you well when you can inhale and exhale properly and when you can bend forward without feeling suffocated.
A simple sports bra size chart I got from the internet
  1. You can buy a sports bra or choose a running shirts with a bra stitched into it. In my experience, it is best to wear these training tops because you can move freely but there are a few with poor design and only delivers light support. Sometimes, I still need to wear a separate sports bra when wearing these kinds of shirts.
  2. Don’t be fooled by the colorful sports bra designs and styles sold by popular brands. Make sure to pick a sports bra that is appropriate to your workout. Check the quality of the straps, the stitches, and the bra pads (more about this in the next tip).
  3. I prefer a sports bra wherein the pads are stitched into it. This is a better option since running or intense workout entails a lot of movements so misplaced bra pads should be that last thing any female runner should worry about (especially when you are around conservative people). You can also purchase separate bra inserts to use for sports bra without pads.
  4. You should also check the back design and straps as well as the stitches of a sports bra because these things can cause chafing during long runs.When exposed stitches make repetitive contact to your skin, it can lead to irritation. If it’s impossible to find a design with perfect stitches at the back, you can always apply petroleum jelly on your skin before wearing your sports bra.
  5. Never use fabric conditioner when washing your sports bras. These products can ruin the fabric and the elasticity of the under band.

That’s all! Leave a comment if you have other tips! Happy running, ladies!