Working out is great for everyone and high impact exercises are the best way to lose weight and tone up fast. The intense nature of the movements means that your body works extra hard to move while having a quicker recovery time due to the speed and length of the workout.
Always try and opt for high-intensity if you are looking at seriously improving your health and fitness. However, if you are a woman, there may actually be an adverse side effect to your workouts. Breast sagging with exercise is common due to the excess movement that comes from having more weight attached to the chest.
Why do Breasts Sag with Exercise
The excessive up and down movement in boobs that takes place while running or over-exerting movement and a figure of eight movement can lead to the ligaments that attach the breasts to the chest to become stretched and even break over time.
These ligaments are called Cooper’s Ligaments and are very small, very fragile tissues that help maintain structural integrity and support for the positioning and shaping of the breasts.
Breast sagging is sadly irreversible, but there are certain things you can do to help prevent the sagging of breasts with exercise.
Exercises to Prevent Breast Sag
There are exercises you can do to help strengthen the muscle in your chest and provide a more stable foundation for which the Cooper’s Ligaments can attach to. These chest workouts may reduce size due to the conversion of fat to muscles, but they may also help prevent breast sag during exercise.
Push-ups can help tone the muscles that are underneath your breasts. Lie face down on a mat and place your hands shoulder-width apart, below your shoulders. Put your knees on the floor and keep your back straight then use your arms to push up off the floor until your arms are fully extended, then lower back to the ground again.
Shoulder presses are another great exercise that can help to tone your chest. Lie in a supine position (on your back) on a workout bench with a barbell with a moderate weight on each end. Have your hands shoulder width apart and begin with the bar placed in line with your sternum. Slowly extend your arms without locking out your elbows and then lower back down to your chest.
Another exercise that can help with the appearance of lifted breasts is the standing reverse fly. To perform this exercise, stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a moderately weighted dumbbell in each hand. Bend at your hips until your torso is parallel to the floor, keeping your back straight and allow the weights to hang at arm’s length with your palms facing each other. Raise your arms out to the side until they’re in line with your body and squeeze your shoulders together.
Always wear a good sports bra
A good sports bra can help to support your chest while running or exercising to reduce movement and help prevent any excess movement, which in turn can help protect the Cooper’s Ligaments in your breasts.