Ok, saying it saved my life may be a little dramatic. However, I'm the type of person that if I'm not exercising, you better believe that my life is changed for the negative. Exercise makes me such a happier and healthier person, so it's important that I find the time to get active. When I say a bra gave me the ability to run and exercise without pain, it truly is a life saver.
In 2014, I gave birth to my daughter. It has been an amazing experience, but my daughter truly owned my body for the 9 months I was pregnant and for the year after that I was nursing (TMI?). I started doing more stationary exercise like yoga just to avoid the bouncing that I was enduring during aerobic activity. I was literally going crazy not feeling comfortable running or other forms of exercise. I'm not sure why I felt like enduring my old sports bras was a "must".
For any mother or woman that has gained weight at any point in their life, your bust size changes with your weight changes. It's a frustrating experience to deal with your wardrobe with weight shifts and an even worse experience to have self doubt question the love for your body.
Let's face it, bra shopping is often our least favorite shopping. So I sucked it up and made the splurge. I bought three bras that fit me like a glove. The Moving Comfort Juno bra became my best friend. I was able to adjust the straps as my weight changed, and I felt comfortable going back to the activities that make me so much happier...literally.
As an athlete for the majority of my life, I have a ton of athletic clothes. I have my favorite shirt that I'm proud to wear after 15 years. I have Duke clothes up the wazoo from my college and coaching days (sorry Tar Heel fans, but it's my Alma Mater). I even still have bras from my "performance" days. Yet, what I learned is that your bra should never see a birthday. How did I not know this? Eight out of ten woman are wearing the wrong bra size! I had no idea.
From my experience, a good bra can truly save your life.