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The best sports bras for running

A look at our top 5 sports bras designed for running

Belle 26 October 2018

A lot of times we get asked 'Do I need a sports bra?' And our answer is YES! If you're taking part in lower impact activities like yoga, light walking or gardening a bra with a low level of support will suffice however for high impact activities like running a sports bra is essential.  

As breasts have no muscle, taking part in high impact activities like running stretches the skin and ligaments which cause sagging, once the ligaments have been stretched they don't bounce back! 

Going without the correct support also leads to other issues like upper back and shoulder problems as well as breast pain and soreness. So, in short you definitely need to wear a sports bra when you're working out. Don't fret though here’s our top 5 tried and tested bras for you to choose from.  

The Panache Underwired Sports Bra is one of our bestselling sports bras for D+ Cups. Available in six designs the Panache Sports bra is designed with two separate cups and has under wiring to give you excellent support whilst running. The stats say this bra helps to reduce breast bounce by a massive 83%! So, you can rest assured that you'll be properly supported. Moulded cups, mesh fabric and easily adjustable straps make this a top contender. The fabric allows the skin to breathe which reduces sweaty build up and the wide band makes it a comfortable choice. 

Why you'll love it:  

Moulded style for protection + support  

Six designs to choose from  

Reduces breast bounce by 83%  

The Freya Active Underwired Sports Bra is our next choice. Our best-selling Freya Sports Bra the active is designed with cool max fabric to wick away moisture helping to keep you cool and dry. Available in a D – H cup the Freya Active has breathable spacer moulded cups for encapsulated support as well as double lining for extra hold. It's a popular choice for ladies who want a good performing bra to support their running. Available in a full cup style and non-padded it feels no different to your everyday bra.  

Why you'll love it:  

Full cup and non-padded style  

Coolmax fabric to wick away moisture so you stay dry and cool  

Spacer moulded cups for maximum support  

The award-winning Shock Absorber Run Sports Bra has been created with runners in mind. Designed specifically for running the Shock Absorber Run Sports bra has been proven to reduce breast bounce by 78% due to its Infinity-8 support system which counteracts the breasts’ figure-of-eight movement during running. It's a non-padded and non-wired style which means its extra comfortable and the fabric composition ensures its friction free as well as moisture wicking. There's an impressive 16 colour combinations, which means you won't be short of styles to choose from!  

Why you'll love it:  

Designed specifically for running 

16 colourways to choose from  

Reduces breast bounce by 78% and its award winning  

The Elomi Energise Sports bra is designed specifically for D+ cups. A great option for underwired and side support with supportive 3 section cups. The unique non-compression design offers separation, shaping and good uplift. The Elomi Energise uses microfiber fabric which wicks moisture away from the skin keeping you sweat-free. What we love about this bra is the J-hook fastening to convert the sports bra to a racer back. Available in 6 different styles it's the perfect high impact bra for fuller busted ladies who want style and support.  

Why you'll love it:  

3 section cups give separation, shaping and uplift 

Microfiber fabric to wick way moisture  

Clever J-hook allows you to change the style to a racer back  

The Berlei Electrify Underwired Sports Bra is Berlei's most popular sports bra and it's not hard to see why! Endorsed by Serena Williams (enough said) it's a high impact underwired bra to give you full support during running. Featuring breathable panels to keep you cool and multi way straps it's a versatile bra. What we love about it is the bold and bright prints which make wearing this sports bra fun! It also features Cotton lined cups for added comfort during exercise. The Berlei Electrify is available in cup sizes A – E which is great as it ensures support for smaller busts.  

Why you'll love it: 

Support for smaller busts  

Fun and on trend prints and colours  

Cross over multi way straps  

We have loads of different styles of sports bras available which range from low impact to maximum impact. Take a look at our full offering here.  

It's important to make sure you are wearing the right sports bra for your needs, read our Sports Bra Edit to help you work out which sports bra you should be wearing depending on different activities.  

If you have any questions about sports bras let us know in the comments below and we'll get back to you.  


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