One-in-five women say large breasts stop them from exercising

Daily Echo: Large breasts put many women off excercise Large breasts put many women off excercise

Nearly one in five women say their breasts stop them participating in physical activity, according to new research.

Physical activity levels are not influenced by breast size, which suggests they could be a barrier to exercise for women across all bra sizes, the survey by the University of Portsmouth's Research Group in Breast Health found.

Researcher Emma Burnett surveyed women in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire, and found that breasts were ranked fourth as a barrier to exercise after lack of energy, time constraints and health reasons. They were ranked above other barriers including cost of exercise, access to facilities, not having the right clothing, not having any company while exercising, and feeling embarrassed about doing sport.

The research - published online in the Journal Of Physical Activity And Health - found that 17% of the 239 women surveyed were discouraged from participating in physical activity because of their breasts.

The most influential factors preventing women taking exercise include not being able to find the right sports bra and being embarrassed by excessive breast movement.

Miss Burnett said: ''This latest research is crucial because it shows that breasts are an important factor to consider when investigating what deters women from exercising. One third of women in the study were not meeting physical activity guidelines, but improving breast health awareness may help to encourage participation for these women.

''We had plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that breasts are a barrier to exercise but this is the first study to provide evidence that they're affecting women's participation in sport.

''I expected the findings to show that breasts are a barrier but I was quite surprised at the percentage - it was higher than I thought.''

Miss Burnett said she hoped the research will help educate women about breast health awareness and encourage them to get active. She would also like manufacturers to take note that some women struggle to find the right sports bra.

The survey of women from Portsmouth, Southampton and the surrounding areas of Hampshire found that those who know more about breast health are more likely to participate in physical activity and more likely to wear a sports bra. Those with lower awareness were not as active.

She said: ''Women who aren't aware of the benefits of wearing a sports bra when exercising are those who exercise in the wrong kind of bra and then experience pain. This pain means they stop exercising, which is a shame because if they knew the difference a good sports bra can make, I'm confident they would have a more positive experience of taking part in physical activity.''

Professor Joanna Scurr, who leads the Research Group in Breast Health, said that if women do not wear the right sports bra, they risk damaging the fragile Cooper's ligaments which, once damaged, are irreparable.

Prof Scurr said: ''When the breasts are not supported appropriately and there is tension on the ligaments and skin of the breast, it can result in strain and over time this may lead to a stretching of the breasts' natural support, which could lead to permanent breast damage.'

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4:51pm Mon 23 Jun 14

massimoosti says...

Large breast also stop men from exercising.

I have all good intentions of going to the gym but never make it past the glass door of the Zumba class.
Large breast also stop men from exercising. I have all good intentions of going to the gym but never make it past the glass door of the Zumba class. massimoosti
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5:43pm Mon 23 Jun 14

loosehead says...

I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day .
As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.
I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day . As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem. loosehead
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8:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day .
As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.
That proves that a big t1t can exercise.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day . As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.[/p][/quote]That proves that a big t1t can exercise. Linesman
  • Score: 1

9:13pm Mon 23 Jun 14

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day .
As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.
That proves that a big t1t can exercise.
As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post?
Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour?
I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day . As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.[/p][/quote]That proves that a big t1t can exercise.[/p][/quote]As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post? Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour? I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter. loosehead
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10:51pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day .
As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.
That proves that a big t1t can exercise.
As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post?
Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour?
I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.
No. You did not bring politics into it.

No. You did not mention a rather large Labour female councillor.

YES! IT WAS MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOUR.

I would have thought that even a Tory would have a sense of humour. Let's face it, you support Royston Smith, and he's regarded by many as a joke.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day . As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.[/p][/quote]That proves that a big t1t can exercise.[/p][/quote]As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post? Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour? I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.[/p][/quote]No. You did not bring politics into it. No. You did not mention a rather large Labour female councillor. YES! IT WAS MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOUR. I would have thought that even a Tory would have a sense of humour. Let's face it, you support Royston Smith, and he's regarded by many as a joke. Linesman
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6:22am Tue 24 Jun 14

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day .
As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.
That proves that a big t1t can exercise.
As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post?
Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour?
I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.
No. You did not bring politics into it.

No. You did not mention a rather large Labour female councillor.

YES! IT WAS MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOUR.

I would have thought that even a Tory would have a sense of humour. Let's face it, you support Royston Smith, and he's regarded by many as a joke.
Linesman SORRY but I find this a serious subject as some people really need to exercise but are to embarrassed to do it which cause health problems.
I was ridiculed by my family when I use to go running & then started the gym yet at this moment I've not had a heart attack or suffered cancer yet most of them have had either so keeping fit has up until now been good for me.
So again I'm sorry for my lack of humour.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day . As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.[/p][/quote]That proves that a big t1t can exercise.[/p][/quote]As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post? Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour? I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.[/p][/quote]No. You did not bring politics into it. No. You did not mention a rather large Labour female councillor. YES! IT WAS MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOUR. I would have thought that even a Tory would have a sense of humour. Let's face it, you support Royston Smith, and he's regarded by many as a joke.[/p][/quote]Linesman SORRY but I find this a serious subject as some people really need to exercise but are to embarrassed to do it which cause health problems. I was ridiculed by my family when I use to go running & then started the gym yet at this moment I've not had a heart attack or suffered cancer yet most of them have had either so keeping fit has up until now been good for me. So again I'm sorry for my lack of humour. loosehead
  • Score: -1

9:03am Tue 24 Jun 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day .
As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.
That proves that a big t1t can exercise.
As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post?
Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour?
I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.
No. You did not bring politics into it.

No. You did not mention a rather large Labour female councillor.

YES! IT WAS MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOUR.

I would have thought that even a Tory would have a sense of humour. Let's face it, you support Royston Smith, and he's regarded by many as a joke.
Linesman SORRY but I find this a serious subject as some people really need to exercise but are to embarrassed to do it which cause health problems.
I was ridiculed by my family when I use to go running & then started the gym yet at this moment I've not had a heart attack or suffered cancer yet most of them have had either so keeping fit has up until now been good for me.
So again I'm sorry for my lack of humour.
Well, let's test your sense of humour again.

Type 'sea city museum southampton' in your search engine, and see what Wikipedia has to say about what it cost, and where the money came from.

Perhaps you will then 'change your tune', although I very much doubt it, as I would never expect you to admit that you were wrong.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I go to Easygym three times a week & do about 3 hours each day . As has been said above there are good sports bra's for the lady's but there are exercises for both male & female to tighten the muscles of the chest(breasts) so go to easygym in Shirley talk to a Gym attendant tell them your problems or book a lesson with Marina (you'll have to pay her) & tell her your worries & she'll give you exercises to help you get over your problem.[/p][/quote]That proves that a big t1t can exercise.[/p][/quote]As you can see from my post I was trying to offer constructive help so why this post? Did I bring politics into it? did I mention a rather large Labour female councillor NO I didn't so was this your attempt at humour? I've heard many instances where people won't go to the gym or do physical exercise as they're to large or say they're not fit enough so I thought I'd offer a bit of advice from an ex 25stone prop forward who's now 17stone & hopefully getting lighter.[/p][/quote]No. You did not bring politics into it. No. You did not mention a rather large Labour female councillor. YES! IT WAS MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOUR. I would have thought that even a Tory would have a sense of humour. Let's face it, you support Royston Smith, and he's regarded by many as a joke.[/p][/quote]Linesman SORRY but I find this a serious subject as some people really need to exercise but are to embarrassed to do it which cause health problems. I was ridiculed by my family when I use to go running & then started the gym yet at this moment I've not had a heart attack or suffered cancer yet most of them have had either so keeping fit has up until now been good for me. So again I'm sorry for my lack of humour.[/p][/quote]Well, let's test your sense of humour again. Type 'sea city museum southampton' in your search engine, and see what Wikipedia has to say about what it cost, and where the money came from. Perhaps you will then 'change your tune', although I very much doubt it, as I would never expect you to admit that you were wrong. Linesman
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10:02am Tue 24 Jun 14

RomseyKeith says...

massimoosti wrote:
Large breast also stop men from exercising. I have all good intentions of going to the gym but never make it past the glass door of the Zumba class.
I'd have thought the sight of them exercising would encourage many men to the gym to... erm... firm up.
They'd get plenty of exercise too.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Large breast also stop men from exercising. I have all good intentions of going to the gym but never make it past the glass door of the Zumba class.[/p][/quote]I'd have thought the sight of them exercising would encourage many men to the gym to... erm... firm up. They'd get plenty of exercise too. RomseyKeith
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