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Working out is all about optimizing the way that your body performs and fine-tuning it to achieve the aesthetics you desire. But what if, no matter how hard you try, your genetics are holding you back?
Ladies, you might be able to guess what I’m talking about. Not endomorphs, mesomorphs, or ectomorphs, and nothing as serious as a disease, but boobs. No matter how much you and everyone around you may love them, sometimes they just get in the way.
What’s the Problem with Having Large Breasts?
They stick out from your chest in prime position to get hit by the bar during a clean or a snatch, they are right in the impact zone during the standard bench press, and don’t even think about getting your cardio in without dealing with their endless bouncing.
And the gym isn’t the only place where big boobs can be an inconvenience, either. Their weight can cause back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, and don’t even think about being able to have a button-up shirt fit correctly right off the rack.
And it’s a classic catch-22: running, jumping, and otherwise working out when you have big boobs can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but exercising is also one of the best ways to alleviate the associated discomforts.
So what’s a well-endowed woman to do? Unless you want to shell out thousands of dollars for breast-reduction surgery, your next best bet is to invest in a high-quality sports bra and hit the gym, bouncing boobs and gravity be damned.
Why Working Out Helps
In addition to glandular tissue and ducts, breasts are composed primarily of adipose tissue—or in other words, fat. That means regular exercise is the most effective way to naturally reduce the size of your breasts. Once you start shedding fat, your skin’s natural elasticity will be better able to support your breasts, relieving some of the pressure that was previously on your shoulders. You’ll be happier, lighter, and more comfortable.
And don’t worry about becoming flat-chested. When you start losing weight, your body will shed its fat rather proportionately. So while you’ll get to enjoy the perks of smaller breasts, they will still look as big as ever.
The key to the whole situation is finding a sports bra that will support you throughout your work-out journey. The best bras will be supportive without smothering you and elastic enough to move with you without allowing your breasts to bounce around. Once you’ve found a bra that works for you, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals.
Alex Francis is a Los Angeles-based writer and a former NCAA Division I athlete. She wrote this article on behalf of Comfortisse.