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6 Things every busty woman should look for in a sports bra

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The checklist every busty woman needs to find a sports bra that works

Having larger breasts certainly has its perks, but when it comes time to exercise, your D cups (and bigger) may cause more problems than you bargained for.

Finding a bra that fits is hard enough for a busty woman, but finding a sports bra that will keep the movement down while you work out may seem even more so. You may be inclined to pick up the first one you see in your cup size, but there's more to a properly fitted sports bra than just the cup size.

"Getting the right fit in a sports bra is absolutely the first essential step toward enjoying great support and maximum comfort during a workout," says Champion athleticwear sports bra expert Dr. LaJean Lawson. "It's super-important, yet in my fit clinics I've found it's not unusual for 80 percent or more of the women to be wearing the wrong size."

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Signs your bra may not be fitting properly include bounce-related pain in your back, neck or shoulders; tight shoulder straps that are digging into your skin; and if you're finding that you're always pulling your bra down.

Lawson's advice: "Bodies are unique and can vary widely in individual dimensions, so shop around until you find a sports bra brand that matches up best with your body." Look for...

1. A sports bra with cups

The sports bras you find at department stores may not be best for your larger chest. "Pullover, all-stretch compression sports bras without cups are not only less supportive than bras with actual cups, but will smash you down into an unattractive 'uniboob' shape," says Lawson.

2. The right fabric

Look for sports bras that have thicker fabric and only have a little bit of stretch, as well as ones that have deep, cushioned underwire support.

3. Strong back wings

The back of your bra is just as important as the front, suggests Lawson. She says, "Strong back 'wings' help anchor pull-back against the weight of the 'girls' in front."

4. Adjustable straps

Finding a sports bra that allows you to adjust the shoulders and chest straps will allow for more customizable fit — which is crucial for the bustier bodies.

5. Thick, cushioned straps

Large breasts are heavy and when your body is moving a lot while running or during other sports, their weight can actually be felt in your shoulders. Lawson explains, "They greatly reduce the pressure per square centimeter on your shoulders."

6. High necklines

Choosing a sports bra that has a higher neckline will stop your breasts from riding up into your cleavage area.

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Lawson suggests that bra sizes can change over time because of weight loss and gain, pregnancy and nursing and menopause. "All of these things can mess with the size of your breasts, so even if you don't think your body has changed much, it can be a smart move to get a fresh read on your size," she adds.

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