The other day I was reading an article in the New York Times about why girls suddenly stop participating in sports when they hit their teens. It’s not that they’ve necessarily lost interest or that they’re suddenly too busy to go to soccer practice. No, the reason is this: Boobs.
Yes, boobs. More importantly, what the hell to do with them flopping all over the place, feeling uncomfortable, or attracting unwanted attention. Pair that with a lack of body confidence in the locker room and, for some, menstruation woes, and you’ve got generation after generation of people who are turning their backs on sports and exercising in general due to a lack of comfort.
So, what’s the solution? Well, making anyone feel better about their bodies doesn’t change overnight and it’s easier said than done. Maybe there is no one solution, but do you know what can be a big help? Sports bras! Well, sports bras that are comfortable, actually fit, and are easily accessible. If you need more convincing, here are six reasons why having a sports bra will change your life. They’re really more important than you think!
It'll Increase Your ConfidenceThe New York Times article indicated that feeling girls feeling self-conscious about their burgeoning boobs during sports practice turned them off from sports, period. I wonder how many of these girls were wearing a good sports bra that helped keep their boobs in order and made them less distracting! When you know that your boobs are under control and that you don't have to worry about them, it's a massive confidence booster on the field, in the yoga studio, etc. Bend It Like Beckham
It Can Have Multiple PurposesI'll admit it, I don't exercise as much as I should. But that doesn't mean that my favorite sports bra doesn't get put into good use! As somebody with big boobs, it's hard to find bikini tops that fit. That's where my sports bra comes in! It makes for a great, carefree bikini top that actually offers support. Sports bras are also great for layering underneath sheer tops, and some varieties can even double as a badass crop top. Of all of your bras, your sports bra is going to be the most versatile, by far! Instagram/Offbeatorbit
It's Surprisingly FreeingPeople love to go on and on about how oppressive and constricting bras are, so the idea that a sports bra--arguably the most restricting of all bras--is freeing, must sound odd to you. But hear me out: Sports bras made it so much easier for folks with boobs to be active. The sports bra didn't even really exist until the late '70s! Imagine how much better it was to suddenly have breast support while playing tennis or going for a jog? Sports bras have opened doors of opportunity for so many people who would have otherwise felt bogged down by their breasts. So, yeah, the sports bra is freeing af, and it's time for us to start seeing it in a new light. Pinterest
It Can Help You Figure Out Your Breasts' NeedsOne of my many goals in life is to encourage people to get an effing bra that effing fits! This journey can be really tough, especially for those of us with big boobs who usually have to shell out more money for bras, but it's absolutely worth it. Buying a good sports bra is an essential part of that adventure, especially since people assume that as long as a sports bra is form fitting that it'll do the job. Um, no. You have to see how snugly it fits, how separated your boobs are, how much cleavage protection you get, etc. Buying a sports bra that's right for you isn't a walk in the park, but it's mandatory if you want to get into the habit of buying the right bras for your body. Nordstrom
It Actually Encourages You To Be ActiveIt's really easy to avoid exercising or working you don't have a sports bra. It's a lot harder to give yourself good excuses to put it off when you have a kickass, high quality sports bra just chillin in your dresser. Not only that, like the study referenced in the New York Times indicated, having a proper sports bra can actually motivate girls who are going through boobie growing pains to continue to be active in sports. It's a lot easier to keep your head in the game when you're not worrying about what your boobs look like in your soccer jersey. Some Girls
It's Good For Your BodyIt's not like your boobs are going to fall off if you exercise without a sports bra, and it's not like your boobs will never forgive you if you doubled up on sports bras instead of just buying one that fits. But listen...once you start being active with the right bra, your life will change. A good sports bra will keep your boobs feeling comfy no matter how much you jump up and down, and it'll be made of a material that'll help whisk away the sweat, too. Treat your body right, dude! YouTube/Vevo
Admit it: Do you own a sports bra? And by that, I mean one that actually supports your boobs and doesn’t make you want to die? Tell us in the comments!