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Do you often feel uncomfortable or get chafing while exercising? You're not alone. Many people struggle to find the right sports bra that keeps them comfortable during workouts.

In this guide, we'll look at why sports bras can cause discomfort and chafing, and we'll give you simple tips to prevent it. Whether it's finding the right fit or choosing the best fabric, we'll help you make your workouts more enjoyable.

What causes chafing and discomfort

Chafing and discomfort during workouts can ruin the fun. In this part, we'll look at why they happen and what you can do about it. Let's figure out what's going wrong and how to be more comfortable exercising.

Not investing in a good sports bra

Picking the wrong sports bra can make your workouts uncomfortable. Regular bras aren't built for active movements, so they don't give enough support. This can lead to rubbing and irritation while you exercise.

Regular bras just don't have the features needed to keep you comfy during workouts. They lack proper support, so your breasts move around too much, causing friction and discomfort.

Getting a good sports bra is key to enjoying your workouts. A well-fitting sports bra gives you the support you need, reduces movement and prevents chafing and discomfort. So, before you hit the gym, make sure you're wearing the right gear—your sports bra matters.


Friction is a big reason why your workouts might feel uncomfortable, especially when it comes to your sports bra. It happens when different surfaces, like the fabric of your bra and your skin, rub against each other a lot. This rubbing can cause irritation and even chafing, which is painful and can make it hard to keep going. To fix this, it's important to pick sports bras made from smooth, moisture-wicking materials which  help to draw  moisture away from the skin. These fabrics reduce the rubbing against your skin. Also, choosing seamless bras can help even more by cutting down on any irritating seams.

Incorrect fit

Wearing a sports bra that doesn't fit right can also lead to discomfort during your workouts. If the bra is too tight, it can dig into your skin and feel really uncomfortable, even painful. On the other hand, if it's too loose, it won't give you the support you need, and your breasts might move around too much, causing irritation and discomfort. 

Getting the right fit is super important to avoid these issues. You want a sports bra that fits snugly around your ribcage without feeling too tight, and the straps should support you without digging into your shoulders. Before your next workout, make sure your sports bra fits just right—it'll make all the difference in how you feel while you exercise.

Moisture and sweat

Sweat and moisture can make your workouts uncomfortable, especially with your sports bra. When you exercise, you sweat to cool down, and this moisture can stick to your skin. When combined with your sports bra, it can lead to irritation and chafing. Wet skin is more likely to rub and cause discomfort. To avoid this, pick sports bras made from materials that draw sweat away from your skin, keeping you dry and comfy while you work out. So, when you're getting ready to exercise, choose a sports bra that helps you stay cool and dry—it'll make your workout much more pleasant.

Tips for preventing chafing and discomfort with a good sports bra

Let's make your workouts more comfortable. In this section, we'll give you easy tips to prevent chafing and discomfort with your sports bra. From finding the right fit to choosing the best fabric, we'll help you feel great during exercise. 

Find the right fit for you

Getting the right fit for your sports bra is essential for a comfortable workout. A bra that's too tight can dig into your skin and cause discomfort, while one that's too loose won't provide enough support. Start by taking accurate measurements of your band and cup size, then try on different sizes and styles to find what feels best for you. Pay attention to how the band fits around your ribcage and adjust the straps to ensure they provide support without digging into your shoulders. 

When trying on a sports bra, move around to see how it feels during different activities. Finding the perfect fit may take some trial and error, but it's worth it for a sports bra that supports you comfortably throughout your workout.

Try on different styles

Trying on different styles of sports bras is like trying on different shoes - you want to find the one that fits you just right. There are a few different types of sports bras to choose from, each with its own features and benefits. 

Compression bras, for example, squeeze your breasts against your chest for support. Encapsulation bras have individual cups for each breast, giving you more shaping and support. And then there are hybrid styles that mix both compression and encapsulation. By trying out different styles, you can see which one feels the most comfortable and supportive for your workouts. Don't be afraid to explore your options and find the perfect fit for you.

Check for proper support

Making sure your sports bra gives you the right support is really important for a comfy workout. The band should fit snugly around your ribs without feeling too tight, and the straps shouldn't dig into your shoulders. You want the band to stay put without riding up, and it's helpful if the straps can be adjusted to fit you just right. When you try on a sports bra, move around to see how it feels during different activities. If you notice any bouncing or discomfort, it might mean the bra isn't giving you enough support. Checking for these things will help you find a sports bra that keeps you comfy and supported while you exercise.

Choose the right fabric

Selecting the right fabric for your sports bra is key to staying comfortable during your workouts. Look for materials that are breathable and moisture-wicking, like nylon, polyester, or spandex. These fabrics help to keep sweat away from your skin and allow air to circulate, keeping you cool and dry. Avoid fabrics that trap moisture, like cotton, as they can leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable. By choosing the right fabric for your sports bra, you can stay focused on your workout without worrying about discomfort

Consider anti-chafing features

When choosing a sports bra, look for features that help prevent chafing. Pick bras with no seams to rub against your skin and ones that wick away sweat to keep you dry. Soft, smooth straps also help distribute weight evenly and avoid pressure on your shoulders. These features make your workouts more comfortable and let you focus on exercising. Our newest  Sports Bra Exhale is seamless and designed to be ultra comfortable during lower impact exercises such as Yoga and Walking.

Pay attention to support level

Make sure to pay attention to the support level of your sports bra. Different activities require varying levels of support, so choose accordingly. For low-impact activities like yoga, you might not need as much support, while high-impact activities like running demand maximum support and stability. Understanding your activity level will help you pick the right sports bra to keep you comfortable and supported throughout your workout.

Remember to maintain and replace

Don't forget to take care of your sports bras and replace them when needed. Follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to keep your bras in good condition. It's essential to replace your sports bras regularly, especially if they start to show signs of wear or if your body size changes. By maintaining and replacing your sports bras as needed, you'll ensure they continue to provide the support and comfort you need during your workouts.

Sports bra solutions available at Bendon

Ready to upgrade your sports bra game? In this part, we'll check out Bendon's sports bra options. They're designed to give you great support, comfort, and style. Let's see what Bendon has to offer to make your workouts better.

Bendon Motion Zip Front Sports Bra

The Bendon Motion Zip Front Sports Bra is great for staying active. It has a front zip for easy wear, and the fabric keeps you dry. Adjustable straps and a supportive underband ensure a snug fit, while the racerback design lets you move freely. Whether you're at the gym or out for a run, this bra gives you the support and comfort you need.

Bendon Sport Extreme Out

The Bendon Sport Extreme Out sports bra is a fantastic choice for intense workouts. Its racerback design ensures freedom of movement, while breathable mesh panels keep you cool and dry. The adjustable straps and supportive underwire provide a customized fit and maximum support. Whether you're doing high-impact activities or hitting the gym, the Bendon Sport Extreme Out sports bra has got you covered, keeping you comfortable and supported throughout your workout.

Bendon Sports Sport Underwire Bra

The Bendon Sport Underwire Bra is perfect for active days. With its underwire support, it keeps you lifted and secure during workouts. The moisture-wicking fabric helps to keep you dry, while the adjustable straps ensure a personalized fit. Whether you're running, jumping, or doing yoga, this bra offers the support and comfort you need to stay focused on your exercise routine.

Say hello to comfortable sports bras

So, finding the right sports bra is key to avoiding discomfort during workouts. With a well-fitted, breathable bra with anti-chafing features, you can focus on your fitness goals. Check out Bendon's sports bras to find the perfect fit for your active lifestyle.



Bendon Breathe High Impact Sports Bra



Motion Zip Front Sports Bra



Balance Seamless Sports Bra



Power High Impact Underwire Sports Bra



Bendon Sport Extreme Out



Bendon Sports Sport U/W Bra



Bendon Sports Sport U/W Bra




Exhale Yoga Bra




Exhale Yoga Bra


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