Welcome to Week 3! We are having so much fun getting to know you and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about undergarments.
Ladies, let’s talk about sports bras. Beside a great pair of running shoes, a good sports bra is the best running investment you can make. Here are some things to consider when choosing your next sports bra:
1. Over 60 percent of women wear the wrong size bra. A simple solution – get fitted! A properly fitting sports bra will not only be comfortable, but can also protect the elasticity and ligaments in breast tissue.
2. A woman’s bra size fluctuates due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, age or wearing a bra with inadequate support. If you’ve recently gone through any of these changes, get re-fitted.
3. Not all sports bras are designed for every activity. Generally, the higher the activity’s impact, the more snug the bra needs to be.
4. A good sports bra will also wick moisture and reduce chafing.
5. The lifespan of a sports bra is anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on how well it is cared for. To help your sports bras last longer, we suggest either hand washing or washing in the delicate cycle with a sports wash (a laundry detergent such as Sweat X that is specially formulated for technical apparel). Always line dry your sports bras as dryers can drastically speed up the “wearing out” process, especially if the bra has an underwire.
Bottom line: Do yourself (and your girls) a favor and get the support you need!
Okay men, this paragraph pertains to you, too. Underwear is important because it is closest to your skin, and is the first line of defense against chafing and moisture in summer and winter. If you’re a guy, you should consider a pair of wind briefs for winter training. Wind briefs can mean the difference between a comfortable run and a very painful run.
The last thing we’ll talk about this week is compression. Compression gear helps keep fresh blood flowing to your muscles, which can decrease recovery time and reduce soreness in muscles. We carry socks, calf sleeves and tights in various lengths to suit particular needs. For example: compression socks and calf sleeves can greatly reduce the pain of shin splints.