A little boob bounce can be a good thing. Think of a sexy red dress with a bit of cleavage, strolling along the beach in a cute bikini or taking a spin on the dance floor. But as every woman who works out knows, too much boob bounce is most definitely not a good thing. In fact, researchers say bounce can be damaging to your breasts.
The two best ways to stop breast sagging
- Breast Support: Researchers say that “reducing strain across the mid and upper parts of the breast will reduce the risk of damage to the internal structures of the breast.”
- Exercise: Experts suggest you can try to slow the Cooper’s ligaments sagging process by performing exercises to strengthen the attachment of Cooper’s ligaments to the underlying pectoralis muscles.
According to the Daily Mail, with each step a woman takes, her breasts move an average of 9 cm – not just up and down, but also sideways – in a figure of eight motion. When she breaks into a run, they move up to 15 cm with each stride, if unconstrained by a bra. This means that during a 1 km jog of 1,320 steps, the breasts of an average C-cup sized women will have independently travelled as much as 0.12 km.”
“With each step a woman takes, her breasts move an average of 9 cm – not just up and down, but also sideways – in a figure of eight motion”
Breast bounce does not only affect women with larger breasts. If you like to exercise – even just a brisk walk – you know that breasts of all sizes and shapes move and bounce. And when you actively try to stop breast bounce during exercise and fail, it’s not only painful, but harmful to your breasts.
Five ways breast bounce is bad for you
According to the Daily Mail and Australian researcher Joanna Scurr, a world expert in breast health and biomechanics, there are five ways breast bounce can be damaging:
1. The bigger your breasts, the heavier they are. The more they weigh, the more gravity pulls your breasts. “An average pair of breasts weighs about 3 lb each.”
2. Boob bounce hurts. Why would any woman want breast pain if there’s a simple way to prevent it? “Half of women say their breasts hurt when they bounce.”
3. Sports bras don’t stop gravity. Sports bras can help, but as any large breasted woman knows, a sports bra alone does not stop all boob bounce, whether you’re a marathoner, practice yoga, dance or are a typical weekend exerciser. “Breasts can stretch up to 15cm in old age, with gravity starting to pull in your 30s when the nipple drops 1-2 cm.”
4. Breast pain interferes with exercise. If your breasts hurt when you workout, you’re more likely to just stop exercising altogether. Marathon runners are particularly prone to suffering breast pain. One study of 1,285 female runners found two-thirds of women had breast pain – even though they wore sports bras. As a result, many women stop exercising.“Nearly one-in-five women say they their chest stood in the way of them keeping fit.”
5. Breast movement can cause stretch marks. Stretch marks are often associated with pregnancy or dramatic weight loss but can also be the result of gravity. “Bigger breasts can drag and pull sideways when a woman lies down, contributing to stretch marks as well as crease marks between the breasts over time.”
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager