Working out with poorly fitting or worn out clothing, shoes or other gear can be detrimental to your workout, and your self-image. In some cases, such as with shoes, worn out or poor quality footwear can contribute to injuries.
How Often Should I Replace Fitness Gear?
Fitness clothing, footwear and other equipment takes a lot of abuse. Wear and tear and frequent washings can wear even the most durable gear out. Here's how you know when it's time to replace your stuff:
This is a big one. Shoes that are worn or not fitting properly can cause shin splints, ankle rolls and injuries to your joints and muscles. Wearing them can hurt your performance, too.
So how often should you replace them? It depends on how often and under what conditions you use them. If you run five or six times a week, your shoes will probably last three to six months. Again, this depends on the shoe, how active you are and where you are running.
If you notice the soles are wearing, if you find you are having to tighten your laces so that your shoes feel supportive, or if you are noticing foot, knee or shin pain, you probably need to replace your shoes.
Socks are important. They help keep your feet dry and comfortable in your shoes. If your socks are thin and worn or the elastic is wearing out, then you may be in for some blisters. Replace your socks as soon as they start getting worn so that you can workout comfortably and avoid blisters and other types of irritation.
Shorts, leggings, yoga pants and sports bras – all of these types of clothing need to fit properly to avoid chafing and awkward situations. If you notice the elastic is wearing, the material is pilling or not holding its shape, it is time to replace it. Care for your clothes by washing on gentle cycle and air drying.
4. Balance Balls And Resistance Bands
These also have a shelf life. If they wear out, they can snap or pop during use. Replace them according to manufacturer suggestions, or at least every two years. Do not leave these items out in the sun, as that can drastically reduce their lifespan.
The right gear helps performance, and so does the right workout. If you are struggling with fitness, a personal trainer can help. Contact Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo to find out how a customized workout can help you reach your goals faster.