Welcome to Miss Fit–a weekly advice column from someone who is a bit of a non-conformist when it comes to health and exercise.
Dear Miss Fit,
So I’ve started working out again (yay me!) in order to be healthier and lose weight. My problem is that I cannot find a decent sports bra in my size-I have large breasts, as in the DDD/DD range depending on the bra. I’ve gone to all the usual athletic places, but either they don’t have my size, or I end up feeling like I’m going to fall out of the bra. I’m fairly active and my old bras are ready to bite the dust, so a decent bra is critical. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can go? Thanks so much!
Like you said, yay you for working out again! When it comes to large breasts and exercise, Miss Fit can feel your pain. Not only is all of the bouncing annoying and embarrassing, it can eventually lead to stretched ligaments below your breasts that can cause sagging–and who wants that! So, I did a little research for you and found this site that gives some great advice on what to look for in a sports bra for large busts. It also lists several recommended brands that you can try. Good luck!
Dear Miss Fit,
Why does it seem like I always get my period before a big race or event? I get terrible back pains, cramps and leakage. Anything I can do to still exercise and compete when it’s that time of the month?
Ah, yes. Sometimes being a female athlete is tough! When Mother Nature strikes, it can add one more obstacle to your race or workout. The good news is, when you’re on your period, your estrogen levels can be lower and your testosterone can be higher, meaning you may feel stronger and more energetic (cramps aside). You can talk to your doctor about taking Advil or Aleve before a workout to help with the side effects, but by all means, still compete and workout. It’s a rare day when everything goes perfectly during a race or workout, and chances are, everyone else probably has something they are dealing with too.
Dear Miss Fit,
OK, this is pretty embarrassing, but I’m awfully distracted at the gym by a couple of guys who I find really attractive. Especially when they are sweaty and they are working out hard. I try to stay focused, but can’t help but stare. Do I need to find a new gym?
Of course you don’t need to find a new gym! And, from one woman to another, there is nothing wrong with finding the hot dude on the treadmill or chest press really hot. When we work out, we become very aware of our bodies–and, often, those bodies around us. As long as you’re able to stay somewhat focused and complete your workout, you’re fine. Wearing an iPod can help to tune out those distractions too!
Have a question? Send us your dilemmas about feeling like a misfit when it comes to eating, fitness, going to the gym or dealing with yoga bitches, and Miss Fit will take a turn at answering them. With 10 years of trying to be a better athlete and testing her willpower at every turn, while coaching others to do the same, chances are she’s heard it all before and can share some wisdom.
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