Bra-mazing: My Epic Quest for the Perfect Running Bra Part 2

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Not to be dissuaded by the mounting evidence that my boobs are just not runner-friendly, I continued my search. After reading about a million reviews online, I finally settled on the Moving Comfort Women’s Maia bra. The high cut seemed promising, and I figured the under wire support probably couldn’t hurt.

Three miles – check. Six miles – check. Ten miles – check. Twelve miles – EPIC FAIL.

Never has a bra injured me so much. While the straps stayed in place for the most part, leaving my shoulder blades relatively unscathed, the clasps in the back bent and started digging into my back so much that they ended up drawing blood. I was also chafed to the point of bleeding in the front, where the right under wire was rubbing. While I still take it on runs under 10 miles, this is the first bra that’s actually caused me pain while I was still running.

So close, though!

I felt defeated. I resigned myself to the fact that running is pain, and while others deal with bad knees and IT band syndrome, DD band syndrome is just my cross to bear.

Then, my running buddy recommended the Lululemon Tata Tamer II. I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try. I ordered a size up in the band because a lot of reviews complained that the fit was too tight, and waited for my latest investment to arrive. I happened to be heading out on a 13 miler the day after the Tata Tamer showed up at my doorstep, so I decided to take it for a test.

At mile three I met up with my running buddy, and I asked her to adjust the straps for me, just to be sure. Thirteen miles later, I arrived home pain-free. When I looked in the mirror, though, I noticed the familiar red marks on my shoulder blades. They looked and felt less severe than the Champion bra, but I was still doubtful that the Tata Tamer could get me through the marathon unscathed.

As I was reading through some more reviews about the bra, I realized that the straps could be crossed to have a sort of racer back effect. I caught my breath. Could this be it? The boob solution I’d been waiting for?

I had a 17 mile run and no better options, so I decided to test it.

The bra was a little difficult to navigate with the straps crossed, but once I wriggled into it, it felt comfortable and secure. I finished getting dressed and headed out for my run.

I have to admit, I was nervous, and not just because this was the longest distance my legs had ever run. This was the longest distance my boobs had ever run. I got inside and peeled off my running clothes, then went to the bathroom mirror to inspect the damage.

Nothing.

Not. One. Mark.

My shoulders were a little sore where the top of the straps pressed into them, but it was nothing a nice shoulder massage wouldn’t take care of. I stepped gingerly into the shower, anticipating a surprise sting.

Still nothing.

Could it be? Was my quest finally over? And had it really ended with a brand I had written off as more-trendy-than-functional women’s sportswear?

Yes.

Lululemon: You were right. I was wrong. And thank you for taming my tatas.

Bra-mazing: My Epic Quest for the Perfect Running Bra Part 1

I have boobs. And curves. And I love them.

One thing I don’t love is the stinging raw skin that results after a long run: chafing. I’ve written a bit about my battle (and tentative victory) over chafing here, but I still haven’t scaled the final “summit.”

Lubed to the max, I still returned from my longest runs chafed under my bra straps, a stinging surprise as I stepped in the shower. My boyfriend started calling them my “battle scars,” but I could tell he was not too thrilled with the price I was paying on my new fitness journey.

Thus began my epic quest for the perfect running bra.

I started simply enough, narrowing the field down first to sports bras for running (read: maximum support), then bras that come in bra sizes (not S,M,L), and finally, bras that come in my bra size.

My first pick was the Champion Double Dry Full Support Sports Bra. It was relatively inexpensive, looked pretty comfortable, and I’ve had good experience with Champion as far as moisture wicking. The bra did not disappoint … at first. My boobs were held in place, and the bra was pretty comfortable. But after about 8 miles (6 on a hot day), the straps started sliding around. When I got home, my back looked like a particularly mean cat had attacked my shoulder blades. The back of the band where the clasps are also rubbed against my middle back, although the damage

I tried tightening the straps, but to no avail. Either the weight of my boobs as I ran kept pulling at out the straps or they just couldn’t handle the sweat, because toward the end of my first marathon, one of the straps actually kept slipping off my shoulder. After that race, it was more about letting the skin on my back heal more than my leg muscles.

Then, while perusing the selection at a local running store, I came across the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra. ‘Ah ha!’ I thought, ‘Racer-back – that’s the answer to my prayers!’ I remembered reading somewhere that racer-back sports bras are good for bigger busts, so I grabbed my size, took a moment to appreciate the fact that the store actually had the bra in my size, and headed home for a test run.

I started off slow, just taking it out for a three-mile easy run.

Ouch!

I didn’t even need to break a sweat before the straps put giant welts on my shoulders. Again, I tried adjusting the straps (which was a little more difficult because they were Velcro), but to no avail. The seams on the inside of the straps were extremely rough and dug into my skin almost immediately. It doesn’t chafe if I tuck the collar of my shirt under the straps, but that’s just uncomfortable (although less uncomfortable than giant welts in my shoulders).

This wouldn’t be much of an epic quest if it could be summed up in one post, would it? Stay tuned for part 2!

 

Whisper Wear

This is a revolutionary breast pump. The Whisper Wear Breast Pump is The World’s First Hands-Free Breast Pump and wants to change the way the world will view breast pumping. The company has focused on researching ways to combine comfort and ease with performance. This new pump is the culmination of their efforts. This pump actually fits inside the woman’s bra! It is comfortable to wear. The entire pumping system with its slim design can be used under the clothing. This is great because it offers women complete privacy while nursing anywhere and doing almost anything.

This is the first pump to identify and duplicate babies suckling patterns and put this into the pumps design. Research shows that babies have a pattern when they suckle especially when first put on the breast. This pump has the latch cycle. Then baby adjust to a faster rate and the pump has the rapid cycle.

This stimulates “let down” or milk ejection. Then once the milk comes the baby will slow down their suckling. This is the normal cycle. It has a microprocessor similar to that of small appliances. It programs the patterns right into the system. The pump has an enclosed milk collection system and reduces the chance for contamination.

Simplicity of design means the pump only has three parts that come in contact with the milk so you only have those three parts to clean after each use. Along with their innovation the company has kept an eye on the fashion trends. Two of the pumps come in an attractive lightweight carry bag. The sleek black bag with shoulder strap looks like a typical purse. You can be sure no one would suspect what you are actually carrying in this attractive bag. All of the units come with a year’s warranty and run on two AA batteries which make them convenient.

The pump is quiet too!

If you want a unit you can fit in your bra that is discreet and comfortable then this may be the pump for you. Having the freedom to do other tasks and still being able to feed your baby is truly unique and the wave of the future. Finally, we are looking at new ways to help mothers make the job of motherhood just a little bit easier. With this hands free revolutionary breast pump it opens up a whole new world for mothers and their babies.

This is Michelle – I’m a mother of 3 kids, all under 4 years old, and I’ve breastfeed them all. It wasn’t easy, but I learned as I went and I realized how so many other moms either get discouraged and give up breastfeeding or never try it at all – it’s a powerful and wonderful experience,and I recommend every mother tries it. Sometimes, the right breast pump can help you, too.

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Wear Flawless Shirts Custom Tailored To Perfectly Fit You!

All you need to do is to order a custom shirt and you are going to be addicted to custom clothing for life! There’s this great pleasure in wearing the perfect shirt and this pleasure can be yours only when you order custom made shirts. Of course, there are several reasons for this and, if you just listen to your body, it will be apparent to you why only a shirt that is made by your specially selected custom tailor can really make you feel comfortable.

Have you ever felt hot under the collar, not because you are vexed, but because your collar is just not right? Have you sometimes thought that your shirt front should have been a bit longer or that your custom made shirts should have two pockets? Have you never walked into a shop in the high street and seen beautiful shirts but with the wrong kind of fabric? Then, there are the cuffs.

It’s only when your custom tailor gives you the choice of the French cuffs that you will get used to wearing these with those gold cufflinks to set the shirt off!

It’s the right kind of custom tailor that will give you a custom shirt with all the options. You can start by selecting the fabrics that you like from a fine range of selections. These fabrics come from the best shirting mills of Italy and England, Switzerland and Japan. There is a fine assortment of high count cottons that are in very rich and luxurious shades.

You can order two-ply cottons for your custom shirts that are the current standard in Europe.

These have the ideal combination of two ply each in the warp and the weft. This not only looks better on you but also feels better and lasts much longer than the other yarns. Then you can select the colors that appeal to you and the shades that you like the best. Once this is done, you can browse through a selection list that has 15 collar styles and 4 pocket styles as well as 5 cuff styles! As if these were not enough, when you buy eight custom made shirts, the ninth shirt comes free!

I webmaster of http://www.mytailor.com offer you to order online and get your custom made shirts formal tuxedo, custom clothing, pants, gold cuff-link, bespoke tailoring, custom shirt, French cuff dress shirt and many more from Mytailor.

If the Shoe Fits, and is Comfortable, Wear It

Not too long ago an associate of mine spent all of his working hours walking or standing on asphalt – first as a car salesman on a busy lot and then as a door to door salesman of alarm systems. The first couple of months were brutal on his feet and at the end of the day he could barely stand to drive home after walking countless miles around the car lot. The man tried different shoes and supports in an effort to alleviate the pain and swelling on his feet and ankles but to no avail. As the seasons changed the man began to grow accustomed to walking on the hard unforgiving asphalt with little though to his feet he would spend hours out in the heat of the summer sun and freezing cold of the winter prospecting for a sale. Whenever he was not working he could be found barefoot indoors and out because his feet had toughened and hardened as a result of his work ethic.

Eventually the constant standing and walking took its toll and the man retired from sales to find work that exercised his brain as much as sales had exercised his feet and mouth.

Little did this man realize that with orthotic insoles to cushion his feet the man could have continued walking for many more miles and not suffered from the pain and agony of the relentless asphalt. Instead of walking easily day after day with orthotic insoles the man suffered until his feet hardened and the pain left him numb.

TX Insoles (http://txinsoles.com) is an online provider of orthotic insoles to relieve foot pain. Billings Farnsworth is a freelance writer.

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Four men wear loose fitting clothes “visit the supermarket”

In the short span of 12 minutes, four men wearing loose-fitting clothing “stroll in the supermarket”, one of them pretend to buy pressure cooker bargained with the shopkeeper, take a box of cigarettes to the supermarket the other three corners, under the camera, plummet, or cigarettes into hiding under the armpit. They three times and out of the supermarket, “cover” 44 top grade cigarette, shop owners lost more than 10,000 yuan. One man “bought” three other people were busy stealing cigarettes at the supermarket is located in dongshizhen, East development zone of Jinjiang, shortly after 6 o’clock in the morning to open supermarkets usually. “Before and after only 12 minutes, ultra a box of high-grade cigarettes in the city was ‘ pressed ‘ go.”Yesterday afternoon, said supermarket thousands worth of losses, Ms so pained red orbit, entice the Tiger to leave the mountain of regret in their four-man solution.

It turns out that yesterday, at 7 o’clock in the morning, four men after docked near the supermarket car-an East Road, comfortably to Ms supermarket. Su said that four people three goes in a walk in the back. They went to the supermarket after looking around “the stroll”, one of them bought a bottle of yogurt and a packet of instant noodles; there is also a man in the selection of the pressure cooker, saying that it is to cook a four-person. “Buy a pressure cooker is to transfer my vision, they will be behind me secretly moved to the corner supermarket and stole cigarettes.”Su said, took a 20-inch man walking at the back of the pressure cooker(mini spy camera), but too expensive, a change of 22 inches and went rather East West too.She was just introduced products to men to buy a pressure cooker, didn’t care about the cigarettes behind. 7:16, husband of Ms Wong came down from upstairs, when you go to the cashier, found near the cashier a cigarette-box scheme delivery of only 6, remaining 44 luxury smoke disappeared. He view the supermarkets monitor, find is that the four men stole cigarettes partnership.Mr Wong said that he found on the surveillance video(hidden spy cameras), the four men were wearing loose clothing, pace and out of the supermarket and others is not the same, somewhat clumsy. And out of the possession of cigarettes in the trouser seat three times yesterday afternoon, journalists from the surveillance video of the supermarket to see four men committed the whole process, they 7:02 A.M. into the supermarket, 7:14 drove away.From: wholesale spy cameras

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The Importance Of Having Proper Fitting Dance Wear

Dancing is an art form. It is also an athletic endeavor that requires commitment. That commitment includes understanding the physiology of dance and the requirements of the body to perform at its peak. It also requires the mental focus to remain true to proper rehearsal. As a performance art that is also visual, good dancers must embrace proper fitting dance wear.

Having a dance outfit that fits correctly is important as a dancer. If the outfit does not fit correctly, dancing becomes more difficult. It is harder for the dancer and the instructor to tell if the dancer’s body is maintaining the proper posture, and can become quote uncomfortable.

One of the most important things a dancer can do when buying dance wear is ensure she gets the size that fits her correctly. If the fashion dance wear does not fit correctly, it hinders dance movements. If the apparel is too small, the clothes rub against the dancer’s skin, requiring frequent adjustments that can lead to skin irritation or even infections. Conversely, if the outfit is too large, instructors cannot tell if they are maintaining the proper body positioning.

Incorrect sizing can also become a safety issue for the dancer. In items like jazz pants, if the pants are too long, they will drag on the floor, causing the dancer to trip. In items like skirts, when the skirt is too long, it can become tangled, and also cause the dancer to trip.

But proper fitting dance wear in only part of what’s necessary for achieving higher levels in the dance arts. Practicing and attending classes and rehearsals are also important.

Without attending classes and rehearsals frequently and regularly, dancers will get behind the others in their group. When one dancer falls behind those in the troupe, she will become an unwanted distraction during rehearsals and perhaps at performance time. When dancers are young, this feeling of “standing out” can cause high levels of anxiety and feelings of inadequacies.

Equally important, to become successful, dancers should stretch and practice their skills daily. This will help increase the skill level and flexibility. With daily practice, dancers will become more graceful, and improve on what they can already do more quickly. Stretching also helps prevent injury. As in any activity involving body movement, cold muscles will lead to pulls and tears. In some cases, these preventable injuries can result in diminishing or ending a dancer’s career.

Success awaits those who take the art seriously. That includes understanding the need for proper body preparation, appropriate and frequent practice and the proper choice of costume.

Author is a freelance copywriter. For more information about Dance outfit, please visit http://www.starsdancewear.net/.

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What To Wear When Exercising

In a sports apparel specialty store you will delight at the wide range of clothing plus accessories that is available in the market. Specific sporting apparels like golf, fitness exercise, equestrian and yoga are very much available. The apparel for sports like surfing or rafting and even mountaineering are abounds. The wetsuits are perfect for surfing apparel. The sports apparel include caps, batting gloves and rafting vests. Here’s a short list on how to choose your sports and fitness apparel

1. The Golf wear

The golf apparel can be found in any specialty sport store. The golf apparel usually includes a trouser with a t-shirt. In golf apparel, comfort is the most important factor. Chinos are also very popular golf wear. Hats and caps of varying designs and makes are also available. Of course outlandish gears worn by some professional golfers are also available.

2. The Running / Fitness wear

The running apparel is best made with cotton to retain moisture that causes friction and might lead to possible chafing. The running shorts and tights including the cotton socks are the basic running gear.  When running apparel is being chosen, try to select a base layer top which keeps you dry for an extended run. Comfortable and fit running shoes must be matched to keep you fresh on the run.

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The fitness gear pertains to all kinds of apparel including aerobics and gymnastics. The multi-colored tights and leotards are the best and most comfortable during a workout. The fitness gear must be selected with care. Choose the proper material and correct size when selecting the fitness gear is a must.

3. The athletic apparel

The athletic apparel must be chosen with the climate and weather in thought. An apparel that is not suited for the weather will hinder the performance of an athlete. A popular athletic wear is the running or jogging pants with a drawstring waist. These type of athletic apparel can be purchased at discounted rates. The all weather gear is designed to keep most of the elements out. An athlete depends on the athletic gear to perform at his best.

4. The Equestrian apparel

The equestrian gear is mainly about breeches and boots. There are specialty equestrian stores that stock clothing and other equipment for riding. The casual equestrian gear could be riding breeches matched with a plain shirt. The paddock boots available also at equestrian apparel stores complete the set for an equestrian. A pair of riding pants and a jersey can be bought at an equestrian apparel store. When having lessons on riding, you may want to look online for equestrian stores to see and choose an outfit which lets you ride with great style and comfort. A little pricey in most cases but may be worth the price. A western style of gear is also available in specialty shops.

5. The Yoga apparel

The yoga apparel must be very comfortable and loose for easy movement. A t -shirts and a loose-fit short are basic yoga apparel which will keep you fresh and comfortable. Also, it does not cost much. The designer yoga apparels are available at special yoga stores. Yoga Capri pants and unitards are available at yoga apparel store. The special Asana clothing can be found at very exclusive yoga outlets.

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Choosing the Right Fitness Clothes for Lunch-Hour Workouts

Many men and women still fall into the trap of thinking that it is the fitness workout program that matter the most while the fitness clothes have a secondary importance. In many ways, this is true as what you do to your body to maintain its health specifically exercise is more important than what you put on it. Still, we must consider that exercise being a strenuous activity, the right choice of clothes is important, too.

General Tips:

Since your lunch-hour workout is often performed in the middle of a busy working day, you want to get in and out of them as fast as possible just so you will not be late for any after-lunch appointments. We suggest looking for fitness wear that you can wear underneath your office suit, if possible.
If this is not possible, you must look for fitness wear that can be put on and then peeled off the body with a minimum of fuss. Most sportswear have no zippers, buttons and other unwieldy fasteners for this purpose while women’s fitness wear often have built-in pads for the chest portion to protect your modesty.
Your fitness clothes must also adhere to the following criteria:

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It should be of the right size – neither too tight nor too loose. Too tight clothes mean restricted movements while too loose clothes can pose a danger especially on mechanical workout machines like the treadmill. It must be of good quality material that slows the body to breathe, to be flexible and to ward off sweat accumulation. We suggest buying high-quality fitness clothes for this purpose even if you have to spend a few more dollars for them.
And of course, you must choose workout clothes based on the specific exercise activities you will be engaging in.

Clothing Tips:

Aside from the abovementioned general tips on choosing the right fitness clothes, you will also benefit from these tips on choosing the right tops and bottoms for the occasion. First, your clothes must be made from lighter materials than what the weather indicates. Keep in mind that you will be sweating as the exercise movements become strenuous and, in the process, you will be getting warmer. If you dressed up in thick clothing because the air temperature was cool, you will end up being too warm in your fitness clothes.
Second, you will want to dress in light-colored clothes during the warm seasons and dark-colored clothes during the colder seasons. This is to reflect or absorb the sun’s rays in a more efficient manner. And if your lunchtime workout involves exercising in, say, Central Park, do remember to use sunglasses and to slather on sunscreen.
Third, you have to choose comfortable clothes that more or less hug the body. We are talking about shorts, leggings, tank tops, tee shirts and even jogging suits in your size. Although there are fitness clothes that say one-size-fits-all, you want just the right size for your body.
Fourth, your footwear must be right for your feet, right for the activity and right for your fitness goals. For example, if you have a high arch, then look for footwear that supports your feet.

Ultimately, your workout clothes must not only be a reflection of your personality but, more importantly, a reflection of your fitness goals. Go for function over form, we always say.

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Fitness Apparel

Fitness Apparel

In a sports apparel specialty store you will delight at the wide range of clothing plus accessories that is available in the market. Specific sporting apparels like golf, fitness exercise, equestrian and yoga are very much available. The apparel for sports like surfing or rafting and even mountaineering are abounds. The wetsuits are perfect for surfing apparel. The sports apparel include caps, batting gloves and rafting vests. Here’s a short list on how to choose your sports and fitness apparel

1. The Golf wear

The golf apparel can be found in any specialty sport store. The golf apparel usually includes a trouser with a t-shirt. In golf apparel, comfort is the most important factor. Chinos are also very popular golf wear. Hats and caps of varying designs and makes are also available. Of course outlandish gears worn by some professional golfers are also available.

2. The Running / Fitness wear

The running apparel is best made with cotton to retain moisture that causes friction and might lead to possible chafing. The running shorts and tights including the cotton socks are the basic running gear.  When running apparel is being chosen, try to select a base layer top which keeps you dry for an extended run. Comfortable and fit running shoes must be matched to keep you fresh on the run.

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The fitness gear pertains to all kinds of apparel including aerobics and gymnastics. The multi-colored tights and leotards are the best and most comfortable during a workout. The fitness gear must be selected with care. Choose the proper material and correct size when selecting the fitness gear is a must.

3. The athletic apparel

The athletic apparel must be chosen with the climate and weather in thought. An apparel that is not suited for the weather will hinder the performance of an athlete. A popular athletic wear is the running or jogging pants with a drawstring waist. These type of athletic apparel can be purchased at discounted rates. The all weather gear is designed to keep most of the elements out. An athlete depends on the athletic gear to perform at his best.

4. The Equestrian apparel

The equestrian gear is mainly about breeches and boots. There are specialty equestrian stores that stock clothing and other equipment for riding. The casual equestrian gear could be riding breeches matched with a plain shirt. The paddock boots available also at equestrian apparel stores complete the set for an equestrian. A pair of riding pants and a jersey can be bought at an equestrian apparel store. When having lessons on riding, you may want to look online for equestrian stores to see and choose an outfit which lets you ride with great style and comfort. A little pricey in most cases but may be worth the price. A western style of gear is also available in specialty shops.

5. The Yoga apparel

The yoga apparel must be very comfortable and loose for easy movement. A t -shirts and a loose-fit short are basic yoga apparel which will keep you fresh and comfortable. Also, it does not cost much. The designer yoga apparels are available at special yoga stores. Yoga Capri pants and unitards are available at yoga apparel store. The special Asana clothing can be found at very exclusive yoga outlets.

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