My boobs used to stop me from working out.
Yes, truly. A 10E cup + a serious lack of knowledge in regards to proper sports bras = completely hopeless me. Strapping those puppies down for a bounce-free run was an Operation, and generally required two crop tops, at the very minimum.
You know what happens when you wear two very tight crop tops? YOU CAN’T BREATHE. Which makes for less-than-ideal exercise conditions.
So instead of going for a workout, I would stay at home. It minimised bounce issues and meant that I didn’t stress about my ligaments getting torn apart with every step down the pavement.
Of course, this story has a happy ending. I went to a bra shop and got fitted for a proper running bra (Berlei is gooood and worth the investment) and I forgot that boobs had anything to do about exercise.
And then last week, I read a study that said nearly one in five women are put off exercise by their breasts. ONE IN FIVE! That’s nearly 20% of the female population (good maths, I know). And here I thought for all this time that it was just me.
But no. It’s an issue for all the ladies, not simply the big-busted ones. Those of all cup sizes are avoiding their daily workout because they are bothered by their boobies.
The survey was conducted by the University of Portsmouth’s Research Group in Breast Health, and published online this week. They found the top four reasons for women avoiding exercise, and they were as follows:
1. Lack of energy