Most likely, your current workout wardrobe consists mainly of a few newer pieces mixed with a lot of hand-me-downs from friends who are cleaning out their closets. Hey, there’s no shame in a change of clothes, but this raises some basic questions, like when should you replace a sports bra? What about women’s hoodies? When should you really ditch your workout gear?
These questions can be asked at any time of the year, but these questions are even more appropriate right now, at the beginning of fall cleaning. Also, I don’t know about you, but I know that I have sentimental attachments to some workout gear that make them hard to throw away.
A few very simple and sensible questions can help you objectively determine whether you should keep or throw away certain items. Here’s how to know when to ditch the workout gear.
1. Everything starts to feel too elastic
Workout clothes should be comfortable, but not too comfortable, if you know what I mean. There’s a very fine line between “I feel confident trying that new move in class” and “I could wear this to bed!”.
Between the washing machine and workouts, workout clothes stretch a bit over time. It’s only natural, but when those women’s hoodies start to feel too baggy and your sports bra is too big, then those are sure signs that it’s time to update your workout wardrobe.
2. You start to notice odors, wear and tear
This is probably one of the easiest ways to tell when your training equipment needs replacing – obvious wear and tear. Whether it’s fabric fading, general wear and tear, or holes, these are all very clear signs that it’s time to replace your workout gear, especially tights, women’s hoodies, and sports bras.
Oh, and the smells, too. It may sound gross, but hey, sometimes sweat sets in and won’t go away (no matter how well you wash your workout clothes).
3. Your body feels discomfort
Another very obvious sign that it’s time to replace your workout gear is when your body starts to feel and notice a difference in your workout wardrobe. Does your chest feel unsupported after stepping off the treadmill? This is probably when you should replace a sports bra. Shin pain after a long walk in your favorite pair of running shoes? It might be time to recycle and switch to a new pair.
Pay attention to how your body feels when wearing certain workout pieces, as it will give you clues as to when something might need replacing.
4. You’ve had the same workout gear for a long time
Sportswear doesn’t last forever. Over time, wearing old women’s workout clothes like tights, women’s hoodies, and sports bras could have a negative impact on your workout.
And in fact, every piece of training equipment has a specific lifespan. This is ideally how long you should keep your workout gear:
Tights: 2 years
Sneakers: 6 months – 1 year
Sports bra: 6 months
Training T-shirts and hoodies: 10 years or until you see wear and tear, whichever comes first
5. You don’t like wearing it
The first sign that you should get rid of your workout gear is that it bothers you to wear it. We all want to feel our best in the clothes we own, so it’s important to remember that it’s okay to let go of things when they no longer serve us.
Clothing may retain odors or become discolored after prolonged use. This is especially the case with workout gear, which can be discolored by certain deodorants or sweat. If you feel bad in your favorite workout gear, it might be time to get rid of it.
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