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cardio exercises for women with big chests

can anyone please recommend some activities that i can try. i have a 5'4'' frame and my chest is a 44DD. i cannot jog or do alot of the jumping aerobics because of how uncomfortable it is to wear two bras, and with one bra, it is painful. i'd really appreciate advice from other women who have a large chest and who have found an exercise regimen that works...thanks!

Wed. Dec 6, 12:32pm

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I feel your pain...

Although not as large chested, I had a lot of pain when I first started working out (I was a 38C). I skipped the treadmill and the classes because it hurt me so badly. I favored the elliptical machine, stepper, and bike along with pilates and yoga. Now that I have lost 11 lbs., I have started running....and it doesn't hurt at all! I am now down to a 36B (apparently the 11 lbs. loss came from my chest!) and I can do any activity I want now with no pain!
Good luck to you! I hope you find this helpful!


Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 1:15 PM

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I'm 5'4" and when I was a 44DD, I couldn't even contemplate dealing with the pain of jiggling - I could not find a sportsbra over a 38C/D, so that was very limiting. However, this round of effort, I just could not let it get in my way.

First, there's a thread on good sports bras if you do a search here. My savior was the Enell bra (one of Oprah's better recommendations). The only thing I can't do in that thing is jumping jacks/jumping rope/anything jumping. I have resigned myself that plyometrics will never be a part of my routine, and that's fine - never liked that stuff anyway. I hate running for many reasons, but I can do it in that bra (I only know this because I will walk/run to the gym if I'm running late)

Cardio machines - use the stair mill (or whatever it's called) rather than the stairmaster machine to eliminate jiggling. The elliptical is great but don't put it on too high an incline (you will start bobbling). Like the treadmill? You can put that sucker on a 15-degree incline and burn more calories than on any other machine just walking. If you prefer the bike and you find yourself jiggling, increase the resistance level to reduce that. Avoid spinning classes.

Classes - you can take all of them and just choose the low-impact versions of jumping jacks, mountain-climbers, hopping knee lifts. The one class where it's awkward is cardio boxing - you can try to do it low-impact, but you'll stand out from the crowd (not sure if that bothers you, but I don't like looking too different since I'm already the fattest one there), and some of the moves are difficult to adjust and keep the beat. Oh, that also applies to the more dance-based classes like hip-hop, but for that reason I've never taken that class.

Weights - piece of cake, nothing you can't do.

Any questions? Ask away.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 2:04 PM

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2:04 poster - what a thoughtful response! : )

As a fairly-large chested woman, I find that the elliptical is my favorite. Save the boobs; save the knees.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 2:45 PM

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from what i hear, my boobs will someday be at my to take care of them all...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 2:47 PM

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I definitely have a problem w/ my chest when I'm exercising, but today I decided to give running a try, and realized that my but goes up and down too! Oh my....(I've always had an unusually large butt).

Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 3:59 PM

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I want to second the recommendation on Enell! The Enell bra alone, however, would never do the trick. I wear a regular underwire bra and the Enell on top of it - on occasion I will also wear a third regular sports bra on top, but the underwire and Enell together is usually enough. This combination does not entirely end the bounce problem, but does allow me to enjoy running.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 11:07 PM

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All good advice. I was a DD - but have gone down a couple of sizes with my weight loss now. I don't run, or do anything jiggly like that. I walk on the treadmill, use the elliptical, use the reclining bike, and I used to swim. I find all of these types of exercises are great for those of us lucky enough to be so well endowed...

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 1:13 PM

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How about cycling on a recumbent bicycle?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 10:51 AM

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How about rowing on an erg I'm not huge-chested but I think it might work -- it's no-impact but VERY aerobic, and a full-body workout.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 11:31 AM

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thanks for so amny great replies!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 11:37 AM

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