Breast Cancer Awareness Month - post 3> back
October 23, 2011
The Best Sports Bras If You Choose Breast Forms to Preserve Your Curves...
If you've decided to preserve your curves without additional surgery or internal implants, you're going to love today's new crop of breast forms! Unlike the heavy "Barbie cones" of years past, current breast forms are lighter, cooler, and more lifelike than ever before...and they'll keep their perky, curvy shape without sagging even if (like me) you're well past the 55-year-old milepost!
If you're a super-active,sporty gal, the new generation of lighter, better ventilated breast forms couldn't come at a better time. Do a quick Web search on "breast forms" and you'll see what I mean! They are incredibly simple and non-invasive--just secure them inside your bra to create the curves you want without extra sweat, bounce and weight on your shoulders.
Once you decide on the perfect external breast forms for your size and shape, you have many bra choices to keep them snugged securely on your chest. You can pick from specially engineered 'mastectomy' models with built-in pockets to secure breast forms, a regular 'unpocketed' sports bra (just keep the form tucked inside next to your skin), or your favorite 'regular' sports bra with custom pockets of your choice sewn in (The American Cancer Society's TLC website is one source of ready-to-sew-in pockets).
Regardless of your personal bra choice, to customize fit and keep everything safely and comfortably locked down, look for adjustable straps and bands, and slightly higher neckline and underarm coverage. Features like a wider bottom band and/or well-cushioned underwires will give you extra-secure anchoring for your breast forms.
Again, while I sincerely hope my tips helpful, the most credible advice of all comes from those of you who've walked the walk, who've sleuthed out and tested your own great post-mastectomy breast form solutions. It's really going to brighten someone else's day if you can take a minute, pop down to the comment box below and share the scoop on specific brands, styles and strategies that have helped you successfully reclaim both your curves and the active life that you love!
Thanks in advance for weighing in–and don't forget to pop back in next week to get the scoop on the best sports bras after full breast reconstruction. You may be surprised how much the requirements change!
Introducing Champion's Sports Bra Expert - LaJean Lawson
In 1977, Champion Activewear invented the first sports bra, called the Jogbra®, made from two jockstraps sewn together. The realization that women also needed support for their assets was the catalyst for Champion Activewear to apply innovation and technology to become the leader in the sports bra market.
In 1977, runner LaJean Lawson had just finished her first marathon with bleeding sores on her shoulders and chest from a bra that did anything but support. Her search for a solution eventually led to the discovery of her life's passion–sports bras!
Today, Champion Activewear is thrilled to offer Dr. Lawson as a resource to help you solve your sports bra problems. While Dr. Lawson has gained critical knowledge from scientific research, the best education she's had about sports bra needs has come from the thousands of women she has spoken to at races and events, as well as those who help her test Champion products.
Whether it's your shoes or your sports bra, your workout happiness depends on finding the gear that's just right for your size and activity level, and that's exactly why we're here to help!