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Your Sports Bra is the Most Important Item in Your Gym Bag

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We’ve all got our reasons for not being as physically active as we should. Typically, low energy level, time, and other lifestyle constraints affect our decision to hit the gym. But according to a study from the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, there’s another reason women aren’t engaging in exercise as much as they’d like.

Seventeen percent of women reported that the breast was a barrier to physical activity participation. I can’t find the right sports bra and I am embarrassed by excessive breast movement were the most significant breast-related setbacks recorded by the study.

It’s no wonder women experience this obstacle when considering the unique nature of female breast tissue. According to this article from the New York Times, a recent study by the Research Group in Breast Health discovered that “unsupported female breasts — that is, those not contained within a bra — oscillate as much as eight inches in space when a woman runs, and not just up and down, but also side to side, forward and backward.” Wow. That’s a lot of motion!

This is no surprise to Renelle Braaten, founder and president of ENELL, a company whose purpose is to create state-of-the-art, high-quality performance sports bras for women C cup or above so that they have the opportunity to fully participate in an active lifestyle.
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Female Runners Should Support Breasts Like They Would Their Feet. It’s That Important.

I had taken off on my morning run one day and gotten pretty far from home before I’d realized I had forgotten my sports bra. Oops. I laughed and just finished my run as it clearly wasn’t going to make a big difference for me. However, I am just now realizing that this is not even an option for other female runners. For women who have larger chests, not only is running very uncomfortable, it can actually be very damaging to their body.

Kelly Turner of KellyTurnerFitness.com alerted me to some stark truths about the harm running can do to breasts.

“It’s primarily just an annoyance, but not properly supporting your breasts, or wearing an ill-fitted sports bra, can potentially be harmful to the tissues of the breast over time. Running pulls on the breast in all directions: in, out, up, down and side-to-side. This movement can weaken the connective tissue that supports the breasts causing it to lose elasticity and even permanently damage your breasts.”
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The American Cancer Society Creates Choose You Movement to Promote Women’s Health

Debbie Saslow, Ph.D., is the director of breast and gynecologic cancer at the American Cancer Society.

Most women are so busy taking care of everyone else – their children, their spouses, elderly parents – they barely have time to do what they need to stay well themselves, including scheduling their yearly mammogram. But this October, the American Cancer Society is encouraging women to choose to put their personal health and their breast health first through its Choose You movement.

There’s been a lot of confusion about getting screening tests for breast cancer, but we want to be clear about our mammogram recommendation: women 40 and older should get a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year to find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. In addition, the Society recommends that women of all ages adopt healthy lifestyles, including maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a good diet, in order to help reduce their risk for many cancers including breast cancer, the second leading cause in cancer-related deaths among women.
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3rd Annual Blogs Against Breast Cancer Raises Money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s time for DietsInReview.com’s third annual Blogs Against Breast Cancer donation drive. During the month of October, when you publish this “My Blog Cares” badge on your blog or website, we’ll make a $5 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Our fundraising goal is $500*, and this year, VML, a digital marketing agency, has generously agreed to match that amount. For each $5 donation you help us contribute to NBCF, VML will donate $5. So you can help us raise $10 for breast cancer simply by placing this badge on your blog. It’s a win-win-win-win… you get the idea!

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This is a simple way to show your readers that you care about this pressing women’s health issue, one that stands to affect one in eight women in the U.S.
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Best Sports Bras for Busty Girls [VIDEO]

For busty women, the gym can be almost as much of a hazard as it can be a benefit. Just as your daily bra is an important piece of equipment in your wardrobe, wearing the right sports bra is absolutely necessary to protect your breasts from the impact they take during a workout.

“Sports bras provide the exerciser with support and cut down on movement during jarring exercise, which can not only cause discomfort, but in some cases, tissue damage,” says Kelly Turner, DietsInReview.com fitness contributor.

If you’ve ever watched a chesty girl run at the park, or even caught an episode of Biggest Loser, you’ll painfully groan as you watch their breasts fly to and fro. We decided this had to be stopped. Watch the video to hear more about who we chose and why, or continue reading.


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