M&S High Impact Underwired Sports Bra

When exercising, it’s important to wear a sports bra in order to protect your bust.  Here a some tips to help you choose the right sports bra for you.

1.  Decide what activity you need a sports bra for.  E.g. Walking, Yoga, Running, Boxercise.

Sport Bra for Yoga

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2.  Match the activity with the support/impact level.  If you’re planning on doing some yoga, a low support/low impact bra will be sufficient.  If you’re planning on running, it’s best to go for a medium to high impact sports bra.  If you’re planning on doing different levels of activity (e.g. yoga & running) it’s best to go for a higher support bra.

Sports Bra for running

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3.  If you’re unsure which level of support/impact you need, check the packaging on the bra.  It will usually state which type of exercise the bra is suitable for.

Sports Bra Packaging

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4.  Decide whether you want a padded or unpadded sports bra.

M&S High Impact Padded Sports Bra

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5.  Decide whether you want a non wired or wired sports bra.

M&S High Impact Eco Padded Sports Bra

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6.  As with your normal bra, the size of the “perfect” sports bra will vary with each design so it’s worth trying a few different band and cup sizes of 1 sports bra design. Personally I tend to find that I need to go up a band size in my sports bra vs my normal bra.

Different Bra Sizes

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7.  Try on the bra and jump up and down to see if you’re assets remain enclosed in the bra.  If you have to hold onto your bust, you need a higher level of support.

Why you need to wear a sports bra

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8.  Lastly, if in doubt, book an appointment to get a sports bra fitted.  My favourite bra fitting stores are John Lewis, and Bravissimo who cater for ladies who are a D cup or larger.

John Lewis Sports Bra

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My favourite sports bra is the Marks & Spencer High Impact Flexible Underwired Sports Bra.  It comes in 2 colours Purple/Black and White and is available in a cup sizes A-G,

M&S High Impact Underwired Sports Bra


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I love the fact that the straps are adjustable so that you can wear it in the usual bra style or the straps can be lengthened and positioned so that they cross over.

Marks & Spencer High Impact Underwired Sports Bra Strap Option 1   Marks & Spencer High Impact Underwired Sports Bra with Strap Option 2

Do you have a favourite sports bra brand or style?  If so, please leave a comment below.

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  1. Sophie Bowns says:

    I bought a sports bra a few years ago & I wear the same size as my normal bra!

  2. Thanks for the education. I’ve never realized how much there is to know.

  3. Joanna Sormunen says:

    Thank you for the advice. There is a lot to know about choosing a right sports bra, it seems. I think I’ll use this advice next time shopping.

  4. Julie Jamison says:

    Never knew there was so much to consider when shopping for a sports bra! Thanks for sharing. I will for sure keep you tips in mind during my next shopping trip!

  5. Delia @ Blog Formatting says:

    Thanks for the great tips to choose a sport bra, Carol! I do a lot of fast walking and yoga and I’m happy to say I have the correct one 🙂

  6. Delmy Vialpando says:

    WOW so many choices 🙂 Thanks for guiding us with your experience on this important aspect or or feminine apparel needs. I appreciate the very useful list of tips to keep in mind when purchasing them.

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