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
Sweatbands, helmets, and hatsWe tend to take these items for granted, but they do need to be replaced (or at the very least washed) after awhile.
How to care for them: Wash sweatbands, hats, and visors after working out (most are machine washable). Wipe down helmets after every use; if you don't, sweat and bacteria can build up on them, causing breakouts.
When to toss: When sweatbands and hats become stretched out, ditch them. Check the fit of your helmet regularly and replace it if it gets loose, since a proper fit is crucial for your safety.
*Sources: Janette Janero, group fitness director at Florida International University. Phylise Sands, founder of Red Daisy sports bra line. Kebby Holden, co-founder of SOAS athletic apparel line for triathletes.
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