Is It Bad to Exercise Without a Bra?

Have you ever wished you could just exercise in whatever you’re wearing now instead of changing into gym clothes? Especially when you have to wrestle into your tight sports bra!

While it poses no harm to wear apparels which are not designed for people to exercise, to omit your bra or not, is a whole different topic.  

You may think “It is like working out with your home shorts vs gym shorts since they have nothing to do with your fat burning process”, right? Well, here are some key differences!

Women’s breasts are made out of glandular tissue, fatty tissue, connective tissue, and this group of tissues has a certain weight on your body depending on each individual. The purpose behind the creation of a sports bra was to keep your boobs in place to help you reach maximum comfort while you are enjoying the activities you do.

Dr. Donnica Moore, a women’s health expert in Chester, NJ, said the answer depends on a few factors, including the size of your breasts and the types of exercises you’re doing.

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If You Feel The Pain, You Definitely Need One

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Of course you have the choice whether to wear bras or not while you are working out, but do keep in mind that if you get irritated or you feel pain around your breast, you need to wear a sports bra during exercise otherwise the rapid breast movement will damage your breast tissues. It is possible for your breast tissues to stretch over time if you do not wear a bra to exercise and workout.

However, if you feel pain around your chest area while you’re doing jumping jacks or burpees, that’s a whole different story. Moore said pain is a way your body is sending a signal that you need to make some changes, “Whether that something different is a different activity or different clothing, it’s important to know.”

In exercises that cause high intensity of breast movement such as running, dancing or kickboxing, the gravity pulls your breast weight down. Also, if you’re active in high-contact sports such as basketball or volleyball, you’ll most definitely need better support for your ladies.


Your Breast Size Says A Lot About The Need For One

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Size is an important factor when it comes to pain. A study published by Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine in February 2020 shows that

Athletes with medium to large breasts experience exercise-induced breast pain about five times more than those with small breasts.

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As larger breasts have a higher mass of tissue, the weight will also increase, causing pain when they bounce. They also found that the possibility of experiencing breast pain increases for every one year following the increase in age.

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So, is it bad to exercise without a bra? We think yes! So get yourself one today if you don’t already have one. If you need help making a decision of which sports bra to buy, feel free to hit us up on our Instagram or Facebook Page, we are more than happy to help you!

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