From Bras to Balls – When To Replace Your Workout Stuff

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 MagazineWhen to Replace Your Exercise Essentials.”

What’s once piece of workout gear you’d like to upgrade?

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11 responses to “From Bras to Balls – When To Replace Your Workout Stuff

  1. I need a fitness equipment overhaul! If I had won the lottery I’d be able to get everything I need. Damn you, lottery! Anyway, new shoes and a new yoga mat are on the top of my list – I need to replace both of those soon.

  2. I am upgrading my shoes today…just in time to break them in before my marathon next month. I also need some new running tanks.

    PS. Love that Anna Kournikova quote 🙂

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