As a woman runner, I’ve always said that the two most important things you own for running are a good pair of shoes and a good sports bra. I’ve tried lots of both with varying degrees of success, but I’m still always on a quest for the perfect fit. The Boobuddy is not a bra at all, but it serves a very similar purpose with the same goal in mind. The Boobuddy (formerly called the Booband) is an athletic breast support band that helps prevent damage caused by the vertical and lateral movement that occurs during physical exercise like working out or running.
The Boobuddy is worn across the top of the breasts, either under or over a sports bra, and it helps prevent ligament damage as well as improves posture and enhances performance. It can be worn with either side against your skin and is very comfortable both during and after a workout. It’s adjustable, so you get to decide how tight you want it.
Portsmouth University Department of Sport and Exercise Science has conducted relevant work into breast health. Their researchers said that many women could be irreversibly damaging their breasts through inadequate breast support, which affects a female’s running kinetics, and may have negative physiological consequences on sports performance.
This research made me stop and think. I’m always so worried about what I’m doing to my feet, my legs, my knees, and all the usual body parts when I go for those long runs. I never thought about my breasts.
As a fitness instructor who likes to do high impact workouts myself, any extra coverage for my girls helps out. I also run a lot, and I’ve just started really bumping up my mileage for a marathon in April. Add these factors to the fact that I’ve had two children, and things are never the same physically after that. No one likes to talk about saggy breasts, but it’s a fact of life and the extra movement can be painful. The connective breast tissues, (the Cooper’s ligaments,) lose their strength the more we move, and they are very thin to begin with. The Booband, quite simply, restricts movement, which is better for a women’s breasts. There’s less pain while moving and less damage done to the breasts. As a result, I feel we can work harder as well as more comfortably.
Anyone who has ever worn a waist binder is probably familiar with the concept of a boobuddy, though the body part you are protecting is different, though just as important. I really like the adjustability of the boobuddy because everyone has a different preference on how tight they like things to fit. I thought it would get too hot or itchy or uncomfortable, but it just isn’t. I actually forget I am wearing it after I velco it on and I rarely take it off immediately after working out. It feels very secure and tight but never painful. I don’t even notice a strong smell after a tough workout and I sweat a lot! It’s very breathable and so easy to take off and put on. The simplicity of it is simply awesome. It’s also easy to wash, easy to transport, and it comes in lots of different colors. Even better, 10% of profits go to The Pink Ribbon Foundation.
If you are an active women, do yourself a favor and invest in a boobuddy. Your girls will thank you.
Products & Price:
- Original Boobuddy ($27 with 10% of profits go to The Pink Ribbon Foundation) – Order from the website or on Amazon.
Specs (from website):
- Dramatically reduces vertical and lateral breast movement. The ideal solution for all low, medium and high impact activities.
- The compression provided prevents pain during and after movement related activities, it also reduces the chance of long term damage to the Cooper’s ligaments which lead to breast sag.
- Increases comfort, confidence and performance during all sport, fitness and lifestyle activities.
- Adjustable velcro provides an optimum fit for all breast sizes.
- Perfect for running, gym sessions, workouts, HIIT, dance classes, yoga, horse-riding, combat sports, and much more.
- 20.7% Polyester
- 37.7% Elastomer
- 41.6% Nylon
More about Boobuddy:
Are your assets getting in the way of your sport and lifestyle activities? The Boobuddy has been developed to reduce vertical and lateral movement, prevent injury, pain, ligament damage and sagging. Benefit from a new level of comfort, performance, and confidence thanks to this wonderful fitness accessory!
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