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Avoiding bra chaffing during a Marathon

On top of a general feeling of lack lustre support, women often complain about chaffing with their previous Sports Bras. Thankfully there are a few simple rules to follow to help you avoid chaffing on your long runs.

Chaffing or as it is commonly referred to ‘Bra Burn’ is caused by friction, often made worse by moisture and stiff materials.

To reduce friction around the bra band (and less commonly the bra straps) the bra should fit firmly. Yes, FIRMLY. This ensures the bra won’t move as your body does, so the materials won’t rub against your skin.

Commonly we see women fit their bras with bra bands too big, and cup sizes too small. Don’t be afraid to take the bra fitters advice when it comes to adjusting your bra size to get the perfect fit. Women often shy away from going into a bra that will fit firmly against their already irritated skin, but I can assure you this is the only way forward if you had been fitting your bra band incorrectly.

Moisture build up is obviously difficult to conquer during endurance running, after all you are bound to sweat. Sports Bras that are lined with moisture wicking material, not cotton, will help to pull moisture away from the skin towards the outer layer of the garment where it can more easily evaporate.

By ‘wearing in’ your bra before a long run you can make sure that the firm materials are softened slightly to reduce your risk of a nasty bra burn episode.

Topical solutions like Body Glide, or something as simple as Bepanthen cream can also be applied to the area of irritation before a long run to help avoid chaffing.

Bottom line, for most people bra burn is easily avoided in a well-fitting bra. So head to the source of the problem before trying all the ‘band aid’ fixes.

We’re happy to help at our specialty Sports Bra store, She Science at 144a Cotham Road Kew, Melbourne.

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When is it time to throw out your Sports Bra?

Repeatedly, the worst cases of bra abuse that I come across are related to Sports Bras (followed closely by the Strapless Bra of course). This generally comes in the form of overuse and misuse.

Like the anti-microbial nature of moisture wicking material, and the memory of foam in athletic footwear, the materials in corsetry have a lifespan or as I usually say a ‘best before’ period.

Firstly, here’s an issue I think exists in the technical Sports Bra manufacturing industry… Because the products are now built with such quality materials and superior designs it takes some time for the garment to actually show signs of ‘damage’. As it is common consumer behaviour not to replace something unless it is broken it’s not unusual to see women running their Sports Bra in to the ground blissfully unaware that it’s lost all of its functional support.

So, if it’s not falling apart at the seams how could we be expected to know when to replace our Sports Bra?

1. If you start to experience chaffing or hot spots. As the materials lose their elasticity your Sports Bra will become loose fitting which can cause friction as you move. Another side effect of a loose fitting Sports Bra is a reduction in breast support.

2. Elongated straps. If the stretch material in your straps is no longer functional there will be a compromise in your overall feeling of support, this will show through elongated bra straps.

3. Straps that dig in. This is an indication that the elastic nature of the strap material is no longer functional.

4. Hook damage. Signs of damage to the hook closure can be due to washing machine trauma, but it can also be due to overuse. If your Sports Bra is having to rely on the hook and eye closure to aid in support once the materials are damaged it’s a clear sign your bra is either being misused or overused.

5. Smell. Most technical Sports Bras use antimicrobial fabrics which aid in odour control. After too many washing cycles this becomes compromised and your Sports Bra is likely to hold the odour of sweat.

To ensure that your ‘bra abuse’ doesn’t quickly turn in to ‘breast abuse’ you should calculate exactly how long each of your Sports Bras will last, this post should help you do that.

Visit us at She Science to be fitted for your best Sports Bra:

www.shescience.com.au

And follow us on facebook:

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Our online store can be found at:

http://www.shescience.com.au/page/shop%20online.aspx