Bank cards at the ready.
If, like me, you enjoy regular sweat sessions and are constantly on the hunt for a squat-proof pair of gym leggings, sweat-wicking workout tops, or springy, supportive running trainers, then you'll know that finding genuinely good fit kit that works for your body isn't all that easy.
You can shop our edits, of course - I sweat test kit for a living and have rounded up the very best gym leggings, best workout trainers, and best sports bras here. But how do you know that our picks are right for you, your body, and your workout requirements?
Good question - and one that Sportsshoes has thought of as, this month, they've launched their new sports bra finder tool designed to help you find the right support for your sport.
Did you know? You'll need totally different support for low impact workouts like yoga, weight training, or reformer Pilates compared to higher impact sessions, like running or high intensity interval training.
You might not be all that bothered about this now and keep soldering through your 5km's in a bra designed for downward dog, but trust me when I say, getting the right support is important. Why? Because with high impact workouts like HIIT, running and so on, you'll be jumping around more, causing your boobs to move more and potentially cause both pain and sagging if not properly supported.
During low impact sessions, you'll need far less support than high impact, as, in short, your boobs will be bouncing around less.
Case in point: a recent study from Adidas found that a lack of adequately supportive sports bra resulted in movement-related breast pain for 44% of women. (Check out Adidas' extensive new range of 43+ bras, here).
How to choose a sports bra - your guide
It's as simple as:
- Heading to the Sportsshoes.com
- On the top nav bar, click Women's - Support Bras
- In the rectangle underneath Find The Right Support, click Help Me Find My Bra
- From there, answer the questions about your size, sport of choice and so on and see which bra would be best for you.
I'm a marathon runner, and so the bras suggested for me are all high support for high impact. My sister, on the other hand, prefers yoga, and so her suggestions are lower support.
One particular standout feature that I love? You can indicate what time of neckline you like. (I'm quite fussy about mine and prefer a higher neckline - more flattering for my broad shoulders and more supportive for long distance runs, too).
Some examples of the differing support options below:
High support - Nike Flyknit Sports Bra
Medium support - Asics Posture Sports Bra
Low support - Under Armour Seamless Sports Bra
Happy shopping - and sweating.
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Ally Head is Marie Claire UK's Health, Sustainability, and Relationships Editor, eight-time marathoner, and Boston Qualifying runner. Day-to-day, she works across site strategy, features, and e-commerce, reporting on the latest health updates, writing the must-read health and wellness content, and rounding up the genuinely sustainable and squat-proof gym leggings worth *adding to basket*. She regularly hosts panels and presents for things like the MC Sustainability Awards, has an Optimum Nutrition qualification, and saw nine million total impressions on the January 2023 Wellness Issue she oversaw, with health page views up 98% year on year, too. Follow Ally on Instagram for more or get in touch.