Happy New Year! With every new year, there are usually new plans for starting the fitness programs, continuing to take care of our bodies, resuming an old plan or just good old, get out there and get fit.

Before getting fit, it is important to get FITTED…. yes, as in, fitted for a good and supportive bra for the activities associated with the new fitness regimen.

FitMaking a huge investment in fitness club membership, new home-gym equipment or a new pair of trainers, can go to naught, without good and comfortable foundation garments for protection and good support.

After all, our breasts can contribute to a key portion of the weight of some women’s bodies and regardless the size of most breasts, they still carry some weight on the chest wall and can represent extra pressure on the spine during exercise.

Our breasts can impose an extra impact on the spine when we run, walk, skip, hop, jump, sit, stand and of course; when we exercise.

So, what’s the key? First of all, understand what sporting discipline is going to take up our time. Once that is established, we should then begin thinking about the number of days and hours per day we will be doing these routines.

This should further be defined into what time of day will be dedicated to the program and what will be the atmosphere in which the routines will be done; be it outdoors, indoors, high humidity or dry weather. Remember that fabric and colour/pigmentation can also impact on the health of our breasts, due to skin sensitivity and so the choice of bras for exercising should be made very carefully with this in mind. Moisture build up in our cups can account for chafing as well as for skin irritation and if a bra is kept on too long after exercise, can lead to skin fungus in women who have excessively sensitive skin. Additionally, perspiration build up and the combination of dyes in the fabric and the actual fabric composition can also sometimes lead to rashes or skin darkening or irritation in the breast region. Especially in areas of our sebaceous glands (Montgomery’s Glands)Exercise

Nursing mothers and women who are lactating should also ensure that they manage their breast hygiene during exercise.

In women who have had a mastectomy and now wear a breast prosthesis or have undergone reconstruction, it is important to ensure that there is good support and even distribution of the breast weight, throughout the body. Women who are wearing a breast prosthesis, should ensure that the weight and share are both appropriate for their body structure. In cases where a bilateral mastectomy has occurred, it is important to ensure that the new representation of the breasts; be it prostheses or reconstructed breasts, are well supported and well secured for all sporting activity.

Understanding our most predominant posture during our exercise routine is also critical.

Standing posture positions usually put extensive pressure on the spine and towards the feet, so beware of the way the extra breast tissue weight gets distributed around the body. A good fitting bra usually does a great job to keep that critical need in check. Therefore, having a bra that holds our breasts in with good back support is the key to comfort and balance.

Below is a helpful grid to decide how to choose a good sport bra for your BRAnd new beginning and for being as “breast prepared” as you can be.

Remember however, that your bra should fit firmly but not tight.

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Tight bras compress the breast tissue, prevent good blood circulation and deter freedom of lymphatic drainage. Beware! There is a difference between a warm embrace and a tight squeeze! The bra should always feel like a warm friendly embrace!

Let’s love our breasts; after all, they cover our heart! <3

Breast regards,

Nicole – Mama Breast!

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