August 17, 2010

Can Running With No Bra Lead To Physical Problems In A Woman?

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Running is one of the best forms of exercise for men and women for all ages, as it can improve our physical and mental health. One of the biggest advantages of running it that it requires no special preparation, apart from a pair of good running shoes. However, if you do decide to take up this activity on a regular basis, it is important to ensure that you are dressed appropriately, when you go running. Your running clothes for summer should be quite different from your running clothes in winter. During the summers, most people prefer running in shorts and loose T-shirts. Winter running wear normally consists of a pair of warm track pants, a T-shirt, a jacket and gloves. Running socks should be thick and should fit your foot properly. Wearing the right fitting underwear is also of importance, every time you go running. Women need to ensure that they choose a bra (preferably a sports bra), of the right size and with a proper support, before they start running.

There are some women who prefer running with no bra. While, this may be alright for some women in the short-term, the practice should be discouraged. Running with no bra could lead to certain physical problems for a woman, due to the bouncing motion that is normally caused. The lack of a proper support could cause the upper chest area to ache after a while. Wearing a sports bra of the right fits is necessary, for comfort during longer runs. Given below are a few steps to make sure that you wear the right bra when you go running:

  • Choose a bra that is made from moisture-wicking material. Cotton bras should be avoided while running, as they remain wet once you begin to perspire.
  • While trying on a bra, jog on the spot a few times, to test the support of the bra, before you buy it. Choose the bra that minimizes breast movement.
  • Even the best bra can lose its elasticity after a while and therefore, it is important to replace your bra often, which is after around 72 washes or so. In case of any weight and size changes of fluctuations, you may need to replace your bra sooner.
  • Women with larger chests should opt for bras with wider shoulder straps as well as racer back straps.
  • In bras that have an under wire, the under wire should be covered completely, so that it does not gouge.