Seems a few of you enjoyed the “spring cleaning include your running shoes” tip. Fitness Magazine has a few more bits of advice on when you should replace your favorite workout gear to make sure that you are in tip-top training shape:
Activewear: Be sure to check your labels on how to care for your garments to extend their lifespan. Fabric softener diminishes the breathability, water repellency, and wicking ability of performance fabrics — so those items will lose their power within months if you don’t care for them properly.
Sport Bras: In the advertising words of Anna Kournikova, “Only the ball should bounce.” The more you wash and wear your bra, the more you’ll weaken its elasticity. Line-dry your sports bra to preserve the elastic.
Stability Balls: Key word is stability. Some stability ball life spans are just 12 months, and even shorter if you deflate-and-inflate your ball repeatedly…consult the manufacturer’s information.
Yoga Mat: Don’t let your mat lose it’s zen. Little holes, slippery areas, or an odor that refuses to be washed out are the biggest signs that a mat should be trashed.
Read more helpful tips from Fitness Magazine “When to Replace Your Exercise Essentials.”
What’s once piece of workout gear you’d like to upgrade?