No items of clothing should ever be too tight, and the same applies to sports bras. Anything that is too tight will restrict your ability to function normally and will make you uncomfortable. Sports bras that are too tight will restrict breathing and movement, which acts as a massive hindrance on exercise.
Sports bras use compression to support the breasts, so it goes without saying that they will be tighter than your regular bra, but it should never be too tight. If you are finding it hard to breath and you are not able to move freely without discomfort you are most likely wearing a sports bra that is too tight.
Not only is this very uncomfortable but it could also be dangerous. Anything that restricts your breathing, especially during exercise could have adverse effects.
If the straps are digging into your skin and leaving redness when removed, then the bra is too tight for you. It can be a lot easier to get a perfect fit with bras that have adjustable straps as they can be customised to your proportions.
What You Need to Consider Before Buying a Sports Bra
When choosing a sports bra, you need to consider the type of sport or exercise you will be partaking in. A sports bra needs to fit snug without causing you discomfort. Simply taking the measurement isn’t always enough and you may make your way through a few brands and sizes before finding the best sports bra for you. Ultimately, with any good sports bra you should be able to breathe comfortably and you should be able to fit two fingers between your shoulders and the straps.
If you are spilling over the cup, then it is too small and if the cup has wrinkles it is too big. If the bra has an underwire that is pinching you then it is no good for you. When you lift your arms up the band should stay in place, if it rides up try adjusting the straps if it has that option, if not it is not the perfect bra for you. When jumping up and down and swinging your arms around, you shouldn't experience any pain or discomfort.
You should also be able to put your sports bra on and take it off comfortably and easily. If you cannot do this comfortably then the bra is most likely too tight, and you should either consider a larger size or a different design. Don’t be fooled into thinking that if the bra is tighter it is more effective because this is not true. Also, consider once the sports bra is sweaty how difficult it will be to remove if you are not able to do it easily even when it is dry. There is nothing effective or practical about a sports bra that is too tight.
If the sports bra that you are trying on has a clasp and underwire then the wire should at no point feel uncomfortable or dig into you. If a clasp has more than one hook you should be able to hook all the hooks in. If you feel any discomfort from the underwire or are unable to clip all the hooks in, the bra will be ineffective for a workout.
The Bottom Line
Considering that the purpose of a sports bra is to prevent you from causing damage to your breasts it is wise that you choose a correctly fitting bra that will not cause you any discomfort or pain. You want to be comfortable during your workout and be able to move and breathe freely to get the most out of your workout.
Wearing a sports bra that is too tight will prevent you from doing this. As I have already mentioned a tighter sports bra does not mean that it is provided extra support it is actually causing you more discomfort. A sports bra should never fit too tightly. As soon as a bra feels to tight or it is uncomfortable, it is time to look for a better fitting bra for your own safety and comfort.