No matter what kind of exercise that you're planning to do (aside from swimming, I suppose), there are really only two things that you need: good shoes and a good sports bra. These are two areas where it is unwise to skimp on quality, even if the cost is a little bit higher than you would like.
There are actually two important reasons why you should fork out the dough for good bras and shoes.
First, both change your workout tremendously. If your bra is too loose or doesn't have enough support, you'll experience uncomfortable bounce, stretching of your breast tissue, and just plain discomfort. If your bra is too tight, then you'll end up catching your breath or you'll end up with painful red marks where the straps or cups dig in to your skin. Similarly, if you get cheap tennies, you're likely to end up with blisters, callouses, and sore muscles.
Second, the return-on-investment (ROI) is high on these items. If you workout 3-5 times a week, you'll be wearing your bra and your shoes 3-5 times a week (unless you have a "spare" pair). Thus, if you think about how many times you'll wear the item, the cost is actually pretty minimal.
You should especially be concerned about the quality of your bra if you have a larger chest (C cup or larger) because a good bra can really make or break your workout.
I am delighted to introduce you to the ENELL Sports Bra today. It is THE sports bra in the C cup or larger category. ENELL was "designed to enable larger breasted women to to exercise and play sports in comfort." You'll probably like the ENELL if your size is somewhere between a 32C and a 52DD. Oprah likes it, I like it, I'm sure you'll like it.
Whatever you do, do buy a good bra that you feel comfortable in. Ideally, you should go to a running specialty store to be fitted or call/e-mail the retailer if you're buying online to ensure proper fit. Click here to find an ENELL retailer near you.
WIN IT! One mama will win an ENELL Sports Bra. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Tuesday, Feb. 19. Remember, you must either post the Get Fit in February button on your blog or e-mail 5 of your friends about the promotion to be eligible! The winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, Feb. 20. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #26 Heather. Congratulations!
I love to buy my sports apparels from ChampionCatalog by using coupons...
I really need a new sports bra!
Ohhh lala!! lol It's in my favorite color, seriously--brown!! :) Luvs it! Got your button on my bloggy too!
I raise and show quarter horses, this would be awesome!!!
Awesome!!! Much needed motivation to get to the gym and get this baby weight off!!!!
I would love to win this bra. I have yet to find a sports bra that keeps my huge ladies contained well enough to do any kind of exercise!
I added your button to my site on this post: http://themommyrambles.blogspot.com/2007/09/if-youre-bored.html
I'm thinking of playing softball with the ladies from church. I could definitely use this! Thanks!
I'm so glad they make a big-busted woman sports bra -- I need one! I'd love to win one of these!
it's so hard finding a bra in my size as it is & i've never found one in a sports bra..nor did i even realize they made sport bras in the bigger sizes! wow! i'd love to win one of these :)
I've heard about this sports bra, but just haven't wanted to shell out the money to buy one. I am definitely in the c or larger category! I emailed 5 frends about the contest.
These look very comfy...and a good bra makes all the difference!
This is something I could really use!
shan9452 (at) hotmail (dot) com
That is one problem I am having when it comes to running is finding a good sports bra...Not sure if this is the one you were telling me about...
Thanks for all this info!!
omg i could use this -- i usually double up!
I also put your button on my blog :)
I certainly could use new sports bras!
This would be great. I have got to get myself back on the road with these nursing boobies. The sports bras I have now are wretched.
What great support - I could use that!
ce613 at hotmail dot com
It is Way past time for a new one, THANKS for the chance! GLTA
This is GREAT! It is SO hard to find a supportive bra in the larger sizes! Thanks for the chance to win one!
Count me in for the sports bra drawing too please! Thanks! ~ :)
Yes! count me in for this bra. Thank you :)
tanyetta at hotmail
I would love a "real" work out bra!
and the color is great
Made for me :)
callmeabookworm at gmail dot com
I really need a new sports bra, mine are all getting worn out! This looks like a great brand to try out.
Who doesn't need a good sports bra. I posted.
I'd love a GOOD sports bra. :)
What a treat a proper sports bra would be! Thanks.
ENELL is an awesome company. I've always been impressed with their range of sizes.
Alrighty, then. I'm going to email five friends...'cuz this bra sounds great for someone like me!
Ya-hoo! I need a new sports bra!!
Boy would I love to have a good fitting one of these!!
I could use this! The only one I own I bought small to wear after having my kiddos, to help stop the milk.
Hi...it's me again.
The twins need some support!!
I just joined a gym and would love this. I am emailing five friends right now about it
Oh nice! I have a hard time finding a good sports bra in a bigger size.
I NEED NEED NEED THIS!! I have desperately seaking for a good sports bra for my rather large chest and I haven't found one. I need one of these bras
This is a grat prize!
I've emailed 5 friends! OOH this sounds divine especially since a sports bra is all that I wear! better support=)
I just had a horrible experience this morning working out in a bad bra--- these post-nursing boobs need some help! I'd love to win this! I've e-mailed 5 friends!
I am a marathon runner and would love this support. Thanks so much for posting.
Yes! Very important, and I could use a new one!
betskev at earthlink.net
I have one sports bra and could definately use another.
These bras are nothing short of amazing. I have had one that has lasted for years despite daily wearing. I am a large chested woman and never thought I would find a sports bra that was comfortable and kept things in place.
Looks like it keeps the "girls" in place pretty well. Posted button
I am in desperate need of a new sports bra.
Great give away! Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it! Thanks,Cindi
I need one! Count me in. I let 5 friends know too.
thanks for the great giveaway! hellomary018ATyahooDOTcom
I'd never heard of this brand. Sounds great.
A sports bra is something I don't have and definitely need! It would be great to win!
i can always use one of these!! i have posted the button! thanks
I love running and since I am still nursing my baby, I need some support! I could really use a new sports bra! thanks!
I would love to try this its so hard to find good bras for larger cup sizes
that brown is pretty, I don't think I've ever seen a sports bra in that color.
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