It is a must that women ensure sure they have the right support and are wearing the right bra for exercise purposes, said fitness guru Phindi Gule.
“Chafing is one of the biggest consequences of incorrect fits. You need to see a person who specialises in bra fitment. It may be a huge investment, but it’s important, she said.
“Especially women who are gifted with bigger breasts. They are prone to chafing if they are not wearing the right bra. The right fit is not necessarily making sure that you get a bra that you think is comfortable. You need to see a person who specialises in bra fitment,” she said.
Gule said the key thing when fitting a bra is to make sure the cup covers your whole bust and the band-line (the band across your back) - needs to be tightly fitted.
“The band on your shoulder is supposed to be comfortable in such a way that you’re able to fit two fingers in between, it should be that free. Because the support is on the band, not on the strap. We mostly pull the strap tighter and think we are getting better support, but in doing that you’re causing more damage,” she said.
Gule said some of the resulting problems could be injuries to your neck and back. “As women, we think it’s a simple exercise, but getting the right bra requires people who know what they are doing.”
We’d asked Gule for tips in keeping to an exercise routine, particularly over nippier mornings and evenings as we wrap up winter soon.
“Don't try to do too much too soon, especially for beginners. Just allow yourself to ease into things. I think that’s really something that stops people from being consistent with their exercise, they try to do too much too soon and then they get tired.”
And have the right shoes, she added: “Whether it's for running or for gym, proper assessment before purchase is very important. Are you a beginner? What sort of distances are you going to be running - if you are running. Are you going to be using the shoes just for the gym? Most sports shops have a person who will assist you in buying the correct shoe according to what you want to be doing. Using the wrong shoe can result in knee injury or back problems.”