A study has found that ‘excessive breast movement’ could be costing women an extra mile when running.
A study conducted by Brooks Running and the University of Portsmouth has discovered that ‘excessive breast movement’ is the equivalent of running an extra mile when out jogging.
In the study, researchers used biomechanical analysis to assess the effect of breast movement on a woman’s stride when out running.
The analysis revealed that this type of movement can shorten your stride up to four centimetres (1.57 inches).
So over the course of the marathon, women could be running the equivalent of an extra mile!
Brooks Running explained: “Excessive breast motion during running can lead to discomfort during exercise and potential damage to the breast’s internal structures.”
To help lessen this movement, researchers claim that a well-fitted sports bra could do the trick in sorting this issue, as well as reduce breast pain and sagging.
Head of the University of Portsmouth’s Research Group for Breast Health (RGBH), Professor Joanna Scurr, elaborated: “Regardless of breast size, a well-fitted sports bra can make the world of difference to your workout, as well as your general health and wellbeing.
“The research suggested that over 70% of women are also wearing the wrong bra size.Dr Jenny White from RGHB said:
“The most common mistake is to wear the underband too loose and the cup size too small
“It’s important to advise women on the best fit, rather than using a tape measure to dictate their bra size.”
Based on these findings, Brooks has developed a new range of sports bra specifically designed for running in.
Brooks added: “The bras are available in various styles, with different straps and back designs. The goal is to help women completely forget about their bra and get in the zone during their run.”
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