As a woman, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my bras. Today, bras are part of everyday life as a woman, worn by the majority of ladies with the belief that they provide much needed chest support. But how much of the bra’s supposed usefulness is real… and how much of it is a myth?
It might surprise you to learn just how many advantages of the bra are a bit exaggerated. While it totally depends on your body type and comfort level, there are tons of situations and occasions where a bra might be totally unnecessary.
In fact, there are actually a ton of benefits to ditching the undergarment entirely!
Scroll through the gallery below to see exactly what you can gain from losing the bra!
Perk #1: Bras Have Zero Effect On ‘Perkiness’
A lot of women feel that they have to wear a bra, because otherwise their breasts will start to sag and lose their perkiness.
In fact, a long-running French study has proven that bras actually most likely have the opposite effect, causing breasts to lose their shape over time!
The reason is because the “support” of the bra weakens the muscles in the chest, making the ‘girls’ droop and reinforces the idea that a bra is necessary in a never-ending cycle.
Perk #2: Your Circulation Will Get A Boost
We don’t normally think about our bras causing health problems, but you might be surprised by the impact on your cardiovascular wellness.
After all, when you think about it, isn’t a bra just a giant rubber band squeezing around your chest? All that tightness and squeezing can slow and impede your circulation by compressing your major blood vessels.
Establishing a bra-free routine will help the blood flow freely, and might boost your energy and overall health as a result!
Perk #3: Your Sleep Cycle Will Thank You
If you have a hard time getting to sleep at night, your bra may be to blame.
For one thing, it used to be common practice to wear your bra at night, which of course led to discomfort and difficulty sleeping.
In fact, even if you don’t wear a bra at night, they might still be wreaking havoc from afar by impacting your circadian rhythms – in other words, keeping you from getting a full night’s sleep.
Perk #4: Your Breast Health Will Improve
That same French study we saw in #1 about breast ‘perkiness’ also makes sure to state that bras are not actually dangerous to your health in most cases.
The exception is bras that don’t fit well, which can cause rib pain, shortness of breath, and other medical complaints.
Going bra-free may also improve the health of your skin and muscles as blood flow improves, muscle tone tightens, and sweat and dirt are no longer trapped against the skin by material that doesn’t breathe.
Perk #5: You’ll Be Comfy
You’re probably wondering why I didn’t put this at #1! There’s such a rush of relief that comes with taking off your bra at the end of a long day.
And the relief of stripping down is about twice as sweet if the bra in question happens to be lacy, itchy, or just a hair too tight.
Now, imagine feeling that level of comfort and freedom all day, every day.
Perk #6: You Might Even Gain A Cup Size – No Joke!
Lots of us reach for a push-up bra when we want to look more voluptuous. It seems like the easiest way to create instant cleavage and a bigger chest.
In fact, the best way to build up your cup size long-term might just be ditching the cups entirely.
That’s because letting your breasts hang naturally forces the pectoral muscles to work and resist gravity. Though the breasts themselves won’t actually grow, the firmed-up muscles will help to boost your chest and make it appear fuller overall.
Perk #7: You Can Save Money For Other Things
Bras don’t come cheap, even when you manage to snag one on sale.
Often, the process of tracking down the right bra in the right size leaves you so worn out that you’re willing to buy it at any price, which leads to lots of women forking over an arm and a leg for any bra that fits.
Why not save the $58 (double that if you buy it in black, too) and spend it on something that you really want or need?
Cutting down on your bra purchases will certainly save you a pretty penny in the long run!
Perk #8: It Will Enhance Your Shape
While you don’t have to skip the bra absolutely all of the time, establishing the habit of going all natural has a great effect overall on your breast shape.
If you want your breasts to appear fuller, rounder, and perkier, ditching the bra can have a huge long-term effect.
Don’t expect to see results right away, but letting your ‘girls’ go free is essentially an effort-free fitness regime.
Your chest muscles will strengthen over time and help to round you out for your ideal shape!
What do you think? Would you ever give up your bras? Don’t forget to SHARE so friends can weigh in, too!