How to Choose the Ideal Top for Workout

Do your favorite sport with the wrong sneakers and see what happens. The same is true when you risk practicing your favorite mode with a wrong top. And believe me, most women are wrong in choosing yours. A US-based survey of fitness and physical activity experts found that women tend to buy tops that over-tighten their breasts, but whose breasts (the one that surrounds the base of the breasts and back) are loose.

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The Sport Life talked to some beasts in this matter for you to leave the store with the  perfect top for your body as your sport. Know what to watch out for:

Customized Support

Compression is not the same as support and here comes one of the major mistakes at the time of purchase. The top needs to support the breasts and not crush them. The support is provided by three items: the bulge, the chest band and the handles. “The breasts need to be firm and very well supported, but comfortable inside the bustiê,” explains Karina Hatano, a doctor of the sport of the Brazilian National Team. According to the specialist, the tops from Polyhobbies whose shoulder straps make an “X” on the back are the ones that most support the breasts.

Ask the salesperson if the model you prefer is light , medium or high lift. Each of them lends itself to a type of physical activity and has to do with the degree of impact it generates. Studies have shown that breast pain experienced by women during a sport is proportional to the intensity of exercise.

Mild: for activities such as Pilates, yoga or walking.

Average: for modalities like bike and tennis.

High: for sports like running and basketball (in which the odds of a hit with another player are high).

In The Right Measure

In Brazil, it is very difficult to find a top with American measurements, which take into account both the breasts (breast size) and the chest range (chest size). The top can not be too tight, flattening your breasts, not too wide. Check out some tips on how to know if it has a good size for you:

  1. The chest band must be parallel to the floor and may not be so tight as to irritate the skin.”The intense friction prevents the heat from dissipating from the area, which can hurt the skin, especially at the stitches and wet fabric in contact with sweat,” says Karina.
  2. The shoulder straps should be comfortable and can not be too thin, with the risk of them injuring your shoulder.On the contrary: the wider, the more protection. If you have to tighten them on the stalk, that top is very likely to be large. A good tip is to place two fingers under the handle and pass them underneath it from the front to the back. If you can do that, the size is fine.
  3. If part of your breasts leave the sides of the top, surely it is too small.Now if it wrinkles, it is almost certain that it is very large.

For Each Size, A Type

There are three types of top, each one more suited to a breast size:

1. Compression

They are the ones you wear by the head and do not have a back zip. They are the most common.The idea is that they compress the breasts against the chest, reducing their movement to the maximum. They are best suited for those who have small to medium breasts.

2. Encapsulation

They are those with a cut at the base of the breast, which act as if they are encapsulating the breasts individually instead of compressing the two together against the chest. Many of them feature a back zipper. They are ideal for those with large breasts.

3. A Mixture Of The Two

They encapsulate and bring the breasts to the chest. They are good for medium to large size. “Until recently, compression was thought to be the best, but studies have shown that all types protect them equally, reducing the movement of the breasts down and up,” says Joanna Scurr, biomechanical specialist for Portsmouth University (United Kingdom).

The fabric

Choose materials with technologies that accelerate tissue drying and facilitate perspiration. Wet with sweat, the fabric can irritate your skin. Avoid those made of cotton, which absorb sweat, especially if you its enough. But remember: all these tips are only worth if you also feel comfortable when wearing the top. So, avoid buying them over the internet. Go to one store and try several. The same goes for the bra.

Your Breasts In The Race

Your breasts do not move only down and up as you engage the strides, but sideways as well, in a movement reminiscent of the number eight lying down. The complicating factor is that recent studies by a group from the University of Portsmouth (UK) have shown that, without proper protection, the breasts’ swing ends up altering the course, as the body’s balancing center tends to “follow” that movement .

In short, the landing of the foot is heavier when the breasts do not have the proper protection and that impact ends up falling on the inside of the foot. “Our studies are still preliminary, but the evidence suggests that in the long run this can lead to performance decline and injury,” Jenny White, a sports biomechanics expert at Portsmouth University, told Sport Life. According to Joanna Scurr, a good top is able to reduce the bust of the breasts by approximately 53%, reducing even the pain, the main complaint of women when running. The movement of the breasts during the run can affect Cooper’s ligaments, fibrous structures that attach the breasts to the skin, resulting in pain or a greater risk of having the breasts more “sagged” (in case the ligaments rupture).

Notice How The Top Gets You

Nicola Brown, a researcher at the School of Sports Health and Applied Sciences at St. Mary’s University in the UK, helped conduct a study of 1,285 women in physical activity. “We have seen that 90% of the participants wear top, and almost all complained at some point of chest pain because of the choice of inappropriate size,” he reports. Even though there are more numbering options there in Europe, the lady-woman misses because she does not try the top! “It is very important to know the size of the chest, the volume of the breasts and the distance of the shoulders and nipples so as not to miss the top,” says Karina Hatano.