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  • Well-endowed women athletes now have their own, patented sports bra from Enell

    Enell Sports Bra - Ladies Only Sports

    When Oprah introduced the Enell Sports Bra on her wildly popular and now widely missed television show, there were many giggles and lighthearted moments as she talked about “taming the girls” when working out.

    But, of course, breast bounce, particularly for the well-endowed woman like Oprah, is no laughing matter. All female athletes, but especially those women with larger breasts, understand all too well the discomfort that can, and often does occur when breasts bounce during running, horseback riding, tennis matches and other forms of high-activity workouts or sports. Strap chafing and sore shoulders from inadequate bra support are all-too-common complaints, and many of the so-called solutions – compression and/or a too-tight fit – are simply uncomfortable or, depending on breast size, unattainable.

    Sports bras are now nearly ubiquitous in female athletic circles, but they were only introduced a little more than 30 years in the several years after the passage of the historic Title IX legislation that lead to much wider participation of women and girls in school-sponsored athletics.

    Those early sports bras, however, never really addressed the breast-bounce issue for well-endowed women, and that led to an innovative development by a well-endowed Montana sports enthusiast.

    Renelle Braaten, then a hairdresser who struggled to comfortably play her favorite games racquetball and volleyball, saw a gap in the new sports bra offerings that she felt were inadequate for the more well-endowed women like her. She and her mother, a talented seamstress, designed the initial Enell sports bra, and the pair conducted extensive testing in a sports biomedics lab to perfect the design. The then launched the Enell company and their patented products remain the gold standard for those women, like her, who weren’t being served by the sports bras on the market.

    “I was frustrated by the lack of adequate sports bras on the market,” says Braaten, Founder and President of Enell Sports. “Forced to wear two bras, I would still experience aching shoulders and uncomfortable, unhealthy breast-bounce.  In search of answers, I went to the same place all women do -- my mother – and pretty soon we were making Enell Sports Bras for friends and fellow athletes.”

    Enell Sports Bras are ideal for the woman with large breasts who wants to workout without all the "bounce." They are available in two models: The classic Enell SPORTS Bra is for wear during more high-impact sporting activities, like volleyball or aerobic dance classes, while the Enell LITE Bra joined the line in response to demand for a lighter sports bra for low- to medium-impact activities. Enell bras are dedicated to well-endowed women and each is available in sizes 32C through 52DD.

    The classic version is made of 90% nylon and 10% Lycra Spandex, and features a patented design and construction that is a balance of compression and encapsulation perfect for high-impact activity. The Enell LITE Bra, while targeted at active women, is also designed to be a great all-day bra for the well-endowed woman. The LITE is made of 84% nylon, and 16% Spandex, with a super soft sueded microfiber lining made of 76% nylon and 24% Spandex. The high performance fabric in both models wicks moisture away from your body and dissipates body heat while giving you outstanding strength, color, and garment life.

    Enell Sports Bra In Action“With the ENELL bra your breasts are completely secured for minimal bounce,” says Braaten. “This bra fits much tighter than any other bra you have tried and retains its support even after becoming wet with perspiration. With easy front hook and eye closure, outer clothing moves freely over the smooth nylon Lycra spandex fabric with no clinging. The bra also features wide shoulder straps, a higher neck line, plenty of arm freedom and no restriction of movement.”

    Enell Sports bras are marketed through sports and specialty retailers, like Ladies Only Sports. Enell Sports Bra and Enell Lite Sports Bra are in stock for immediate shipment and always qualify for FREE SHIPPING (to the lower 48). For complete information visit our website at www.ladiesonlysports.com or us at 877-567-5239.

  • Women take heart: activity, even moderate, is the best way to heart health

    Conventional wisdom is that men get heart attacks and women don’t. This is neither conventional nor wise, as it is not true. But it is such a compelling bit of “knowledge” that even doctors who would go first to coronary problems with a certain set of symptoms in men will sometimes start somewhere else with their female patients.

    The truth is that coronary heart disease in women is just as prevalent as with men – in fact, since 1984 more women than men have died of heart disease. And while breast cancer – a scourge, no doubt – is the biggest health fear among women, many times more women suffer from and die each year from heart disease.

    The good news is that physical activity – as in exercise – has been shown to be beneficial for women in predicting or lowering the risk of obstructive coronary heart disease. A study published in 2004 in the influential medial journal JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association; 2004; 292[10], 1179-87) showed a significant association between low physical activity and the existence of of potential coronary problems.

    The study examined 908 female patients who had chest pains, suggested narrowing of the arteries, or both. They were measured for weight – normal, overweight or obese – and each patient’s BMI, body mass index, was measured. While the group tended to be overweight (76%), the researchers could find no difference based on weight category in the presence or severity of heart disease. They did, however, detect a difference: women who were active, even moderately so, had a lower risk of adverse cardiovascular events.

    This is not to suggest that being overweight, or indeed obese, is okay as long as a woman stays active. The same markers that lead to heart attack in men – obesity, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking the leading ones – are true for women. In fact, after years of pointing out gender differences as it relates to heart disease, more recent studies suggest more similarities between men and women.

    There are some differences, of course. Heart disease is more prevalent in young men than in young women, and many in the health community believe that the presence of estrogen helps in the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) and an increase in HDL (good cholesterol). But by age 65 and post-menopause women catch up and the risks are essentially the same. There is even research that suggests that hormone replacement therapy, recommended by many for menopausal and post-menopause women, provides no cardiac protection for this age group. While beneficial for other reasons, many believe, studies by the National Institutes of Health suggest that post-menopausal women should not take estrogen or other hormones as a heart therapy.

    Here at Ladies Only Sports we’re not doctors and we recommend that women consult with their own physicians about their heart health. On the other hand we are exercise and activity enthusiasts and take heart in studies that suggest that a regular routine of exercise, even in moderation, is good for the heart. And besides, it’s good for so many other things, like overall fitness, performance, endurance, and simply well-being, and there’s no harm in that. We do caution, however, that before engaging in strenuous physical activity that every woman should consult her doctor.

    So, of course, during that activity every woman wants to dress the part in workout apparel that works hard and flatters the figure. You’ll find all of that and more at Ladies Only Sports. Call 1-877-567-5239 for complete details.

  • Pilates and Pregnancy

    Pilates, an exercise regime pioneered during World War I by a German physical fitness enthusiast, has in the last 30 years become one of the leading exercise programs in the United States, especially among women. Pilates himself called the technique “Controlology” for the idea was to be in control at all times of the body’s muscles, and the regime that now bears his name is said to build flexibility, long and lean muscles, and strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back. Pilates also has an emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, and proper breathing for stress relief and good oxygen flow to the muscles.

    If you take a look at these core goals of a Pilates' program, it is not difficult to imagine that it is particularly well suited to the rigors and expectations of pregnancy – within reason.

    Being pregnant is one of the most rewarding occurrences in a woman’s life, but it is of course not without is potential problems. During pregnancy, the body releases a hormone called relaxin which is there to increase the laxity of muscles, joints and ligaments – the idea is to boost the mobility of the tissues so an expectant mother can accommodate a growing fetus and prepare for the stress of delivery. Done properly, Pilates is an excellent enhancement of this natural process.

    While pregnant, a woman’s abdominal muscles will stretch about 50% over their original length, so a strengthening of the abdominal muscles will help in supporting the growing uterus while decreasing lumbar compression and reducing pelvic pressure. Throughout the gestation period, a woman’s body posture will change, and there will be additional stress points on the lower back, pelvis, hips and feet, as well as in muscles in the cervical spine. Doctors point out that maintaining good posture during pregnancy will alleviate pain and ultimately lead to an easier delivery. All of this can and will be improved with a proper Pilates workout schedule.

    There are, however, some things to consider. First, any pregnant woman should consult with her physician or midwife before exercising to make sure any program is not only right for pregnancy generally, but for the individual in question. These health professionals will be able to advise on what exercise is recommended or not recommended during pregnancy, and discuss the levels of exercise at various stages of the pregnancy. Best to consult with a medical expert on an on-going basis throughout all of the pre-natal care.

    Second, and very important, is the question of what constitutes Pilates and who is a proper Pilates instructor. Several years ago there was an intellectual property lawsuit concerning Pilates, and a federal judge ruled that the term is generic and free for unrestricted use. In other words, anyone can call themselves a Pilates instructor, trained or not trained, so it’s important to know the background and some track record on an instructor.

    Also, not everything Pilates is good for the pregnant woman. There are certain routines and workout times in a typical Pilates class, course or program that just won’t do for the pregnant woman. Even a trained Pilates instructor may not have taken training on Pilates and pregnancy, so the best thing to do is to consult with the instructor and discover as much as you can about the modifications they address for Pilates during pregnancy. And, of course, a discussion of the recommended Pilates regime with a health professional is always a wise step.

    For most women, and in most circumstances, Pilates during pregnancy will be highly beneficial. Also, Pilates has been shown to be an excellent exercise regime following the birth of the baby to aid in returning the mother’s body back to its pre-pregnancy state of fitness, if not better. Indeed, many expectant mothers have discovered Pilates during pregnancy and begun a long-term program that benefits them for many years to come.

    And, of course, Ladies Only Sports is an excellent place to find all of the workout clothes to get you through your first trimester of pregnancy and for some our clothing will even have enough stretch to get over that second trimester bump.  It is extremely important to support your breast tissue during your pregnancy as well; at Ladies Only Sports we have a wide variety of sports bras to suit your needs and expanding bust line.  And once you get that okay from your doctor at the 6-week check-up after birth to get back to normal we’ve got a the yoga pants, workout tops, sports bras you’ll need when you maintain fitness as a new mother.

    For complete information call 1-877-567-5239. Discover how to Bloom!  -- as in reaching a prime condition of health, vigor and beauty -- at Ladies Only Sports.

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