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March 16, 2009

Treat Yourself to the Right Bra

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According to experts and studies about 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. I recently read an article in New York magazine that touched on the problem many women face. In the middle of a bra fitting, the saleswoman told the author she needed to lose weight. "Nightmares like this have kept me in ill-fitting bras for years," wrote the author. Many of us are reluctant to be measured and prodded by a stranger, but wearing a well-fitting bra can bring unexpected results. It's a little something that you can do for yourself that can mean the difference between feeling great and feeling uncomfortable in your skin. The right fitting bra can improve body image, ease back pain. And remember, there's a bra out there for you. Here are a few tips to get you started.

While many women wear a compression or "short top" bra for physical activity, the bra experts at Intimacy recommend a medium to high impact bra with seams, shape and cup-depth like the La Breeza Sports bra for most physical activities and sports. Many fuller-busted women tend to try to wear minimizer or compression bras that may not offer enough support, especially for higher impact activities. Consult this primer on choosing a sports bra from the Women's Sports Medicine Center.

Make sure the back band is snug. The back band should provide 90% of a bra’s support while the straps should only provide 10 percent.

Check out Intimacy's Top 10 Bra Mistakes. It may surprise you to learn that you're wearing the wrong cup size.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: Don't blame yourself for an ill-fitting bra. "The truth is that every woman blames her own body for the fit problems she has," writes Susan Nethero at Intimacy. A bra should be tailored to your body, not the other way around. Don't let embarrassment self-blame or stop you from finding the right bra.

Other bra resources:

Title Nine

Bra Smyth

Bare Necessities



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I certainly can relate to that!! I find that having a secure bra while either weight lifting or cardioizing makes workouts far more enjoyable - don't have to worry about ill-fitting straps.

Data points, Barbara

Posted by: Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach | Mar 16, 2009 11:54:14 AM

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