Is lockdown jogging ruining your cleavage? Experts warn 20 minutes of jogging without a sports bra can make breasts move around by 14cm and cause ‘irreparable tissue damage’
- Increasing numbers of people in lockdown swap gym memberships for jogging
- New data revealed search for ‘sports bra’ rocketed by 400% since the 12 April
- Expert told FEMAIL that 20 minutes of jogging without a sports bra can cause ‘irreparable breast tissue damage, ligament strain and chronic back pain – and breasts can move 14cm’
The nation has swapped their gym memberships for the free and fresh outdoors – but not without risk, according to a new warning from experts.
According to experts from boobydoo.co.uk, the UK’s biggest sports bra retailer, new runners are five times more at risk of injury if they are not prepared or properly kitted out, increasing the likelihood of ‘saggy boobs’, back pain and poor posture.
They told FEMAIL that just 20 minutes of jogging a day without a sports bra can result in irreparable breast tissue damage, ligament strain and chronic back pain- because breasts can move around 14cm while running.
UK’s biggest sports bra retailer boobydoo told FEMAIL that 20 minutes of jogging a day without a sports bra can result in tissue damage, ligament strain back pain- and breasts can move 14cm
Personal trainer Charly Wright, personal trainer at boobydoo, said: ‘With gyms, studios and classes temporarily closing their doors, the popularity of at-home-workout alternatives have skyrocketed.
‘It is fantastic the country is keeping fit and healthy, but while we’re mindful of social distancing we also need to protect ourselves from any undue injuries.
‘Not wearing a sports bra, or an ill-fitting one, is a real risk – not protecting our chests can have significant pain and discomfort issues for us later down the line.’
Throughout April, gym enthusiasts turned to outdoor exercise in their droves. The search volume for ‘sports bra’ increased by 400 per cent since 12 April according to Google Trends.
According to https www.boobydoo.co.uk, the UK’s biggest sports bra retailer, new runners are five times more at risk of injury if they are not prepared or properly kitted out, increasing the likelihood of ‘saggy boobs’, back pain and poor posture
The increased appetite for running outdoors comes as Instagram challenges us to run a 5k and tag our friends, combined with an extension of the government’s lockdown and no real sight of when restrictions will be lifted.
Paired with the good weather the UK has experienced over the past month has seen more people than ever trying their hand at going for a jog.
Hannah Williams, registered osteopath (M.Ost) at Burton Joyce Osteopathy, added: ‘Often we try to combat a very sedentary working life with exercise and the two don’t compliment each other very well at all.
‘It’s about learning what exercises work best for each person as this will vary – not everyone is designed to run!
HOW DO I FIND THE PERFECT BRA?
Kelly Dunmore, chief lingerie stylist at Rigby and Peller, has fitted thousands of women for bras, here she gives her expert tips to getting it right…
Rigby and Peller’s Kelly Dunmore shares her advice on finding your best bra
Depending on your breast size and shape, some styles will naturally work better than others. A fuller busted lady will usually feel more comfortable and supported in a full cup style which will also give a nice even, rounded shape. Balcony or sweetheart styles usually work better on smaller busted ladies. Once you’ve found the correct shape for your breast size look out for the following criteria.
The band supplies 80 per cent of the overall support of a bra. This means that it needs to be firm – but not tight! You should be able to run 2 fingers underneath the band all the way around. The band shouldn’t be looser or tighter than this. The band should also sit parallel with the wires – it shouldn’t ride up your back as this is a sign that the band is too loose. We always fit on the loosest hook so that you have room to tighten the bra as the bra will stretch slightly over time.
BOUNCE BACK WIRE
The wire shouldn’t sit on any bust tissue. A quick and easy test is to push the wire when you’re wearing it and see if it bounces back. If it does, the wire is sitting on your bust tissue. This may mean that you need to try a larger cup size or that you need to adjust yourself into the cup better. Always pull your bust tissue forward into your cups and bring the wire back so that it sits behind the tissue.
Cups provide 10 per cent of the overall support of a bra and should fully encompass your bust. There shouldn’t be any gaps or overspill. The bridge (the centre part of the bra) should sit flat against your sternum, though this can depend on your bust shape.
The straps provide 10 per cent of the overall support of a bra. Like the band, they should be firm – not too tight or too loose. You should be able to fit two fingers under each strap comfortably. There should also be room for adjustability on the straps so that you can tighten them as the bra stretches slightly over time.
‘It’s also learning to pace ourselves and gradually increase the intensity of exercise. Running is a difficult exercise that requires a great deal of stability, strength and good technique so not always the best starting point in regards to getting fit.
‘Correct sports bras for women are important, especially those with a larger bust size.
‘A good sports bra will help to counteract the centre of gravity dragging the body forward which would place an extra strain on the back muscles to stay upright. It also supports the breast tissue against repetitive high impact created by the rhythm of running.
‘If left unsupported over time this could cause damage, sagging or irritation to the connective tissues of the chest.’
Charly from boobydoo provided some advice for new runners when it comes to choosing the right kind of bra for you.
‘When choosing a sports bra, you must choose one that is high impact and fits properly. The less your breasts are moving, the less damage you’ll be doing while you’re trying to better your 5k, or the target you have set yourself’.
How many hours a day should you wear your bra during lockdown?
Sandra Dyke, an expert who has been a bra fitter with Chantelle Lingerie expert fitter for over 20 years, spoke to FEMAIL on the recommended hours in a day to wear a bra according to your cup size.
‘Wearing a good fitting bra is essential not only to support your breasts but also to maintain your wellbeing. And that’s essential whether you are at home or outside.
‘Those who are a D cup or above should wear a supportive wired bra for as long as possible during the day, just as they normally would, then can change into a more comfortable non wired bra in the afternoon/evenings.
‘Not wearing a bra will over time have an effect on your posture too. A supportive bra helps your core and posture. Don’t wear a bra and not only you will see your boobs droop but may also gain round shoulders!’
‘A stretch bra like our Chantelle SoftStretch padded crop top is ideal. Super comfortable non wired crop top with a tight band under the bust providing good support up to FF cup.
‘If you are an A to D cup wear it all day if you wish. And D+ cups can wear it at the end of your day or even at night.
‘As we are also advised to exercise during these difficult times, walks, yoga, meditation and pilates seem to be top of the list. ‘
Alexandra Thrower, Brand Manager at Chantelle, added: ‘Your bra has a very important role, and that is to protect and bear the weight of your bust.
‘Don’t wear one and you will get saggy boobs. It’s as simple as that. It’s gravity after all. And the heavier the bust, the worst it gets. Most women don’t realise how heavy their bust is (anything between about 500g for B/C cups to 2+ kg for G+ cup).
‘They need to be supported. You may also find that not wearing a bra will worsen back, shoulders or neck pains and give you headaches – these are all things we could do without right now!’