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Running Clothes for Women: Sports Bras

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When it comes to running, women have a vast variety of running clothes options to choose from. There are numerous factors that must be considered such as style, structure, fabric as well as a number of outdoor influences that include time of the day, weather and the running location. Whether you are a frequent jogger or a seasoned marathon runner, investing in the right running cloth is crucial for a great performance as well as success. This post will help you choose the right running clothes women must invest in.

Clothing Material

Synthetic fabrics makes the best running clothes as they are effective in wicking moisture from the skin. The common synthetic materials include, Thermax, polypropolene, DryFit, CoolMax, and Thinsulate. These materials can be found on almost all common types of running apparel such as tops, sports bras, socks and bras. Women are highly discouraged against going for cotton running clothes as they hold in moisture making you feel sweaty and uncomfortable.

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Choosing the Right Sports Bra
Running clothes women list must include a functional sports bra. To find the best sports bra, put on a nicely fitting bra and take the measurements. Once you have determined a proper fitting bra, buying the sports bra can then be done online where you can choose dealers with the best prices for different styles that may not be available in the local stores.

Trying on a number of different sports bras is an excellent idea. The right bra may not correspond to the size of the regular bra. If the material used to make the sports bars wrinkles or bunches then bra is likely to be extra-large. On the other hand, if the material shrinks, or begins cutting into your skin, then the sports bra is too small. An ideal sports bra should allow you to fit two fingers under the straps with ease.

To find the best sports bra, here are a few tricks to follow. First, figure out the best band size. To do this, measure around your rib cage under the breast line. Ensure the tape measure is snug but not too that that it affects your breathing. From the measurement you get, add 5 inches and round up the figure to the nearest number. If the rib cages measures 33inches or more, add 3 inches and round the figure up to the nearest even number.

Step two includes determining the bust size. To do this, loosely measure around the bust at the fullest part. Round up the number you get to the nearest whole number.

Step three involves subtracting the band size measurements from the bust measurement. The answer you get will be used to help you determine the cup size. For instance, if the band size is 34 inches and the bust size is 37 inches, subtract 34 from 37. This gives you a difference of 3 inches or a size C.

Difference in Inches 1 2 3 4 5
Cup size A B C D DD

To test out the new sports bra and its ability to provide adequate support, jog on the sport and do a few jump jacks before making a purchase. If the bra fits it will significantly reduce your breast movement. You will have to run a high impact activity to verify the quality of support the bra has to offer.

Choosing the Right Sports Bra by Cup Size

Cup Size Best Type of Bra Qualities
A&B Cup Compression These bras are designed to compress the breasts against the chest wall thus constricting movement. The ideal style for a smaller busted person is a racer back which is designed to provide support for both medium and high impact activities which include running.
C&D Cup Compression/Encapsulation This is basically a combination of two types of sports bras designed to offer more support and comfort for women with bigger busts. They offer more support than the compression alone. The unique style that works best for ladies with C and D cups is the T-back sports bra.
D&DD Cup Encapsulation Individual cups are normally used in these sports bras separately surround and separate each bra individually. Encapsulated sports bras usually feature an underwire that provides full support.

Once you have found an ideal sports bra that fully meet all these requirements, it is important to keep in mind that it will not last forever. In fact, sports bras should always be replaced after 72 washes or every 6 to 12 months. Regardless of the lifetime, always replace the bras when they lose elasticity, it fits loosely or big, the fabric starts to pill, or when the care label has eventually faded to the extent that it is no longer legible. Additionally, if your have significantly lost or gained weight, a new sports bra is a must.

How to dress for cold weather running
Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you sit back and stuck on a treadmill. Over the past one decade, technology has evolved to allow runners to enjoy a safe run and comfortably throughout the freezing winter months.

Head and Neck

Your head and neck are among the most vital areas of your body and keeping them warm during a cold day run is a necessity. A person loses about 40 percent of the body heat from the head which makes covering it during a cold weather run a must. For the head and neck, the available and effective options include a neck gaiter, thermal hat, and a balaclava. A neck gaiter is extremely important for the head and neck during cold and windy days. Other runners choose to go for a simple bandana worn over the mouth for the same purpose. A balaclava or a skiing ask covers the entire head while only exposing part of the face and sometimes just the eyes. They are usually made of fleece or wool and are essential on days when temperatures are below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Runners should also endeavor to protect the lips when preparing for a cold weather run. Use lip balm or Vaseline to guard against chapping. Vaseline also helps protect the nose, cheeks and any other part of the face from wind burns.

Upper Body

The key to a successful winter run is dressing in layers. Layers will help trap the heat from the body while allowing sweat to move through so that the moisture is wicked away from the inner most to he outer pieces and then evaporates. The layer lying closest to your body should be made from a synthetic wicking material such as CoolMax, Thermax, DryFit, Polypropylene, Thinsulate, or silk. All these material are effective at wicking the sweat away and keeping the runner dry and warm throughout the run. If the temperature goes above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a single long sleeved based layer will be enough.

The key to winter running dressing is layering. Layers trap body heat and allow sweat to move through the clothing, so the moisture is wicked away from the base to outer pieces and then evaporates. The base layer (lying closest to the body) should be made of a synthetic wicking material such as DryFit, Thinsulate, Thermax, CoolMax, polypropylene, or silk. All of these materials will wick away sweat, keeping the runner dry and warm. If the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, usually only a long-sleeved base layer will be sufficient. The best fabrics for this case include polyester fleece, Thermafleece, Akwatek, Polartec, Thermax, and Microfleece.

The final layer of the winter clothing is the outer most portion which should effectively guard against wind and weather conditions such as rain, snow, and sleet. It should also be designed to allow heat and moisture to escape which prevents the runner from overheating and chilling. The best fabrics for the outer layer are supplex, windstopper, climafit, nylon, microsuplex, and Gore-Tex.

Hands

Gloves and mittens are critical on the cold weather days. During winter, the body loses 30 percent of the heat through hands. With cloths, it is critical that you go from gloves or mittens that effectively wick away the moisture. If running in extremely low temperatures, it is best to have mittens on as they allow the fingers to share body heat.

Lower Body

Runners should have less layering is required for the lower part of the body since legs generate a lot of heat. A pair of tights or running pants made with synthetic materials that include Thermion, CoolMax, polypropylene, Thinsulate, or even silk will do the trick. If the temperatures are below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, if would therefore be a smart idea to have two layers on the lower body part to stay warm enough.

For the feet, socks with synthetic material such as acrylic and CoolMax which can effectively wick moisture and protect you against blisters.

How to Dress for Hot Weather Running

Just like during cold weather, it is critical that runners take precaution when running in heat and high humidity. Invest in synthetic blend running clothing that can effectively wick away the moisture and causing a cooling effect. Dress in light colored and loosely fitting clothing to help the body breather and naturally cool down.

Certain accessories may also come in handy during hot weather running. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses to help protect your eyes from damaging sun rays while as well as guard against headaches caused by squinting and prolonged exposure to bright light. Invest in the sunglasses that automatically adjusts to the UV light and offers a comfortable band to have the glasses in places during the hot weather run. Also, remember to apply at least SPF 15 sunscreen on your body before heading out for the run. A number of running clothes are very thin and they do not provide protection from the sun rays, so covering the entire body is the ultimate way to protect against burns.

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