Is It Time to Ditch Your Workout Gear?
Have your battered running shoes and stretched-out sports bra had enough? Here's when to call it quits with your workout gear
Sports brasAnyone larger than an A cup can attest to the importance of a well-fitted sports bra, but it's not always easy to trash these often-expensive pieces.
When to toss them: After six months to a year, or whenever the straps feel loose. Also, if you gain or lose weight you'll want to rethink your size and buy a new bra.
Help them last longer: Don't put your sports bras in the dryer, since that can make the elastic wear out faster. It's also smart to rotate which ones you wear every day, so the same one or two don't get overused.
What'll happen if you hang on to them: If your sports bra isn't properly supporting your chest, you can get pain and discomfort, damage the elasticity of your breast tissue, and put strain on your back.
*Sources: Heather Montgomery, blogger for runningwithsass.com. John Paul Ouvrier, director of Fitness4Charity.org.
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