writes, "It is widely accepted that
women should wear bras to maintain the
and perkiness of their breasts. I have, however,
heard that not wearing one makes them sag less as the
muscles then work to keep them up, whereas these muscles
are not working if you are
a bra. I am 33 and
always wear a bra out
in public but do I need to wear one at home all day
How does sagging happen?
The reason a
is that it provides
the breasts against gravity which works as long as
you are sitting or standing (and
breasts experience more gravitational forces than
smaller ones and tend to
faster). I am no physician but my understanding of
the science is that muscles do not work per se on
their own to do anything. All muscles in the body are
primarily there for the purpose of helping with movement
when we want them to.
And by the way,
tissue is pretty much all fat and glands and there
is really no muscle in it. That is why you cannot
voluntarily make just your
move. The little movement that is possible and due
to the pectoral muscles.
When to wear a bra?
So you are doing the right thing. The rule of thumb is
that when you are going to be sitting or standing, a
bra is essential. However, let us say that after
dinner, you will be just lying around on the couch or
sitting in a way that the effect of gravity is
minimized, then, it is fine to
your bra, as you should when you are
I also like to emphasize the importance of
wearing a sports bra while exercising because
bras lack the support system for heavy movement
during a workout. The rules can be a little bit
with very small breasts because there is very little
for sagging anyway.