Nearly Twice as Many Women Need Sports Bras

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Forty-one percent of women don't wear a sports bra when they exercise, a recent survey suggests. Nearly a quarter of these women claimed that their normal bra was supportive enough to play sports in. Women need to be aware of the impact that exercise can have on their breasts, with problems such as chafing and sagging breasts commonplace for those who choose not to wear a proper sports bra.

Forty-one percent of women don't wear a sports bra when they exercise, a recent survey suggests. Nearly a quarter of these women claimed that their normal bra was supportive enough to play sports in. Women need to be aware of the impact that exercise can have on their breasts, with problems such as chafing and sagging breasts commonplace for those who choose not to wear a proper sports bra.

The survey, conducted on women aged 16-35 by sports bra retailer Move Active in January 2008, concludes that nearly twice as many women who currently exercise need to be wearing better protection when undertaking exercise. Wearing an ordinary bra when exercising is unlikely to encapsulate or compress the breasts enough to avoid premature sagging. Allowing the breasts to bounce too much during exercise often results in painful chafing and aching pains from the impact of the sport, and this can occur in practically any sport.

A further 16 percent of women who don't wear sports bras during exercise claim not to be able to find any styles they like, with one survey reply stating "Sports bras are ugly". Nineteen percent cited the fact that they only do gentle, low impact exercise as their reasoning, whilst 9 percent deemed sports bras too expensive.

Director John Cormack said, "Wearing a decent sports bra is the most important piece of sportswear a women can buy. There is no substitute. With many styles now available in high performance fabrics, sports bras are often machine washable and will dry quickly, allowing them to be worn again in a short space of time." At around £30 each a sports bra is by no means a cheap item of sportswear to possess, but it is certainly an essential one.

For a fantastic range of styles in all sizes, see http://www.moveactive.co.uk for the perfect sports bra.

All women who participate in any sort of sport should wear a sports bra to prevent pain during exercise. Even for those who exercise infrequently, a sports bra is still necessary to provide comfort and support, and avoid irreversible damage to breasts.

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