Updated: Jan 19
Have you ever wondered what happens to the breast due to bouncing? Well, I have. Which is the reason for this post.
We may not notice the changes in our breast immediately, but something is definitely going on when we don't have the support to keep the breast from bouncing.
Think about it. What goes up must come down. And sometimes coming down results in unintended stretching.
Our breast are made up of tissue. We have to be mindful to take care of them as best we can or they will change shape a lot faster than we intended.
Let's take a moment to learn about a very important part of our bodies, our breast.
Cooper's Ligaments are bands of tough fibrous, flexible, connective tissue that shape and support your breast. These ligaments are named after Astley Cooper, the British surgeon who described them in 1840 (healthline.com).
The ligaments help to maintain the shape of the breast. Think about them like the wood that frames the inside of a house. Now, the ligaments are not as sturdy as the wood, but we can see how the framing of our breast is set and the support the ligaments provide.
As we age, change in shape due to weight, or have pregnancies, the ligaments begin to stretch and our breast will naturally begin to sag. What else contributes to the sag? The BOUNCE!
As breast bounce, the ligaments stretch. The bounce is a stressor to the breast. Overtime, this will lead to sagging.
The larger the breast, the more they weigh. The more they weigh, the more intense the bounce is.
This is why it is important to wear regular bras and sports bras that really support your breast. Speaking of bras, you know those bras that lift? Be careful that they are not lifting your breast too much to the point that it begins to stretch the tissue underneath.
The less bouncing your breast have to do, the longer you can keep them from sagging.
Sagging is inevitable and cannot be reversed naturally. There are some exercises we can incorporate into our daily lives that will help strengthen the chest muscles, which we will get to shortly.
Remember those ligaments? Well, as the ligaments stretch, they provide less support, causing the breast to sag.
The Perks (pun intended)
Now we know by now that our breast will not remain as perky as we would like for them to be.
We can purchase bras that make us look perky.
We can also do exercises that will help strengthen the ligaments, lift chest muscles, and slow down the inevitable of sagging breast.
Hey, if men can tone up their breast, surely we can too! Don't let the extra weight we have to carry in that area fool you.
The exercises will help the breast muscles to help the breast look fuller and perkier. Now, it's likely that we won't get back to being as perky as we'd like, but something is better than nothing. Right?
Incorporate these exercises into your daily routine to strengthen the chest muscles.
*I am not a physician. Please consult your physician before performing any physical activity.
Start by laying flat on the ground with your hands flat and arms bent next to your chest.
Slowly raise your chest off the ground until your arms are straight.
Slowly lower your chest to the ground.
Repeat. 3 sets of 8 reps.
Start by ensuring your body is straight (not bent).
Depending on your comfort level, place your hands shoulder width apart (or wider, if needed).
Modify pushups by bending knees to the ground.
Repeat 3 sets of 12 reps.
Dumbbell behind the head
Start by holding the dumbbell in both hands at your chest.
Raise over your head towards your back, keeping your elbows bent.
Raise back in front at your chest.
Repeat 3 sets of 8 reps.
Take time to take care of your breast during physical activity by wearing a sports bra that provides the support you need.
For daily support, ensure you are wearing the correct size bra that provides support so that your breast are supported, not just being covered.
With the right support, our breast can maintain the strength from Cooper's ligaments over a longer period of time.
There is comfort in a supportive bra that provides the confidence needed to control the bounce to combat sagging.