Can Sports Bras be Used for Swimming?

With summer just around the corner our thoughts turn to the beach and hot summer days by the pool. Sounds good to me! I am not one to sit still. So, if you are like me a trip to the beach will often involve a walk or short run in the sand followed by a swim to cool off.

Many of us also have active kids who want to kick the ball or play tag. Great beach fun but not so fun for our breasts in that strappy bikini top! So, this begs the question ‘can sports bras be used for swimming?’ We all have that favourite sports bra (if you don’t, you so need to get one!) that you wear everywhere. But can you wear it in the water? Let tell you.

Can I Swim in a Sports Bra?
Absolutely yes! There is no physical reason you cannot swim in a sports bra. It may not be good for your bra but given how supportive and low impact water-based activities are it is perfectly fine to jump in, sports bra and all. That said there are some features you should consider to ensure your sports bra is suited for the job.

Will Salt and Chlorine Damage Your Sports Bra?
We all know how damaging salt and chlorine can be. When it comes to clothing it can fade, stretch, and rust. So, you are going to need a bra made of the right fabric for the job.

Luckily, most sports bras are made of material designed to perform under pressure. We sweat in them and put the material through its paces with every workout we do. That said I would recommend getting a sports bra more designed for the job. One made of Chlorine resistant material if you are heading to the pool regularly. Or one made from lightweight, quick-dry fabric (no moulding or padding!), so it doesn’t become an uncomfortable soggy mess on your chest.

Will Swimming Ruin my Sports Bra?
Sports bras aren’t cheap, so we don’t want a trip to the beach ruining our favourite bra. We know the pool and ocean are harsh environments. A good idea is to have a dedicated beach sports bra in your wardrobe that gets popped on for water days. To help prolong the life of your bra be sure to rinse it thoroughly in fresh water as soon as possible. And lay it in the shade to dry.