There are so many things to worry about. Too many! Truly it's in our collective best interest to minimize the number of things to worry about and only focus on the really important ones. And do you know what absolutely does not make the cut? What will eventually and inevitably happen to literally everyone's boobs.
Boobs go through a lot of changes throughout a lifetime. As Dr. Rebecca Brightman, an ob-gyn in New York City, explained, a lot of those changes are genetic. Or in other words: There's nothing you can do about them! A lot of your boob changes also depend on whether you ever get pregnant, how many times you get pregnant, and whether or not you choose to breastfeed. And then there are other factors, like weight fluctuations that happen to literally all of us.
But at the end of all these diverging roads is one true constant: Your boobs are gonna sag.
Brightman said the degree to which they sag is different for everyone and depends on the aforementioned changes. But it's inevitable, honey. Gravity is a force we cannot escape. That, combined with the changing composition of boobs as you age (they lose a bit of their fatty composition, it's normal), leads to sagging. So, I implore you, get the idea that your boobs will look the same as they did when you wore your first training bra for your entire life out of your head. It's doing you no good. And also, there's literally nothing wrong with the normal and fine changes your boobs go through as you age. Whoever decided "saggy" boobs were "bad" was probably a man. Which is to say, who fucking cares?
Still, there are ~things~ you can do to keep your boobs (and whole body) healthy. And, like, maybe these will stave off sagging a little bit. But once again: It's not something worth worrying about. Devote that precious brain space to something, literally anything, else.
Wear a well-fitting bra
Brightman said one of the best things you can do for breast health is wear a bra that fits properly. A bra that fits well serves several purposes: It helps boobs fight the effects of gravity in the long term, it makes your whole life more comfortable, and, if you suffer from sore, swollen breasts before or during your period, it lessens a bit of that discomfort.
Just like the iconic Oprah episode about the "bra revolution" suggests, you should probably get a proper fitting at some point in your life. If you're not into the idea of a stranger kind of groping you in a dressing room, there are lots of tips, tricks, and hacksout there for fitting yourself properly. There's so much to learn. Like, did you know there are certain bra shapes for the various boob shapes? It's amazing.
Wear the right bra for what you're doing
Listen, sports bras aren't that expensive, and investing in one is going to do you a lot of favors. First of all it keeps your regular, pretty bras from getting gross and sweaty. And second, sports bras provide a different kind of support that will further fight gravity and keep you more comfortable during a workout.
Brightman said you should always wear a sports bra that fits the type of activity you're doing. Some sports brands divide their bras into exercise type—like a bra you wear for running or some sort of bouncy workout will need to be a bit more supportive than one you wear to do some slow, flowy yoga.
And just like your daily bra, fit is important with a sports bra. Need some help? Here are some tips for finding the right one.
Brightman said one of the best things you can do for overall breast shape is exercise regularly. Any type of exercise will do. But, yes, if you're specifically trying to work the muscles that help hold 'em up, there are boob-centric workouts you can do that focus on your pectoral and back muscles. Looking for a few exercises to get started? Got ya covered.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.