How important is it to wear a Sports Bra while horse riding?
Many horse riders mistakenly feel that a sports bra is an unnecessary luxury and in the current financial climate decide to save their money for other more ‘essential’ pieces of kit. Some are perhaps under the common misconception that a well-fitting regular bra will do the same job so why spend the money?
However horse riding, (like other high impact sports), results in a lot of vertical chest movement and without proper support from a specially made undergarment this can become very uncomfortable for the rider and result in lasting and irreversible damage to the breast tissue.
Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, not muscle and once damaged or stretched, no amount of exercise can help to regain its original firmness and condition. It's worth bearing in mind that any form of riding that is faster than walking is considered high impact. Therefore, the wearing of a well fitted supporting sports bra is essential.
Sports scientists have discovered in tests that a sports bra prevents ‘bouncing’, and therefore stretching, of the sensitive breast tissue by 74%. A normal bra only compensates by 38%. That’s a huge difference!
The fit is also very important. According to one UK lingerie retailer over 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra and this can be as detrimental as not wearing a bra at all. A common mistake is to choose a bra that is too large in the back in order to find a cup size that fits. This often causes lumps and bumps under clothes, creates on-going posture problems, general discomfort and red marks on the skin when the bra is removed. If you're not sure on your size or how your bra should fit then get in touch! We can do one-on-one fittings or ones over Skype, email, phone or live chat.
So which Sports-Bra should you choose?
As a leading lingerie manufacturer Anita has been at the forefront of designing and producing sports bras for over 10 years.
Anita active sports bras have outstanding functionality in comparison to other sport bras. Comprehensive testing guarantee an excellent fit and optimum support for all sporting activities, even in the larger cup sizes. This bra is made of breathable, temperature-regulating fabrics helping to keep the skin dry. Their high-performance sports bras support, shape and encompass the breast so well that it remains stable even when doing strenuous exercises such as horse riding. All items are developed and made on Anita’s own premises in Germany which maintains quality control is second to None.
The Momentum Sports Bra from Anita is ideal for riders of all ages, minimising movement up to a UK FF. It features fully adjustable, padded support straps to help alleviate neck strain and ensure a perfect fit. It's also made from a breathable high-tech fabric to ensure that moisture is wicked away from the skin and the wearer remains cool and comfortable throughout her ride. Flat seams and seamless cups ensure no rub or discomfort where the bra touches the Skin.