It can be tough to figure out when to retire your fitness gear, simply because we get so attached to our things, and also, active wear gets EXPENSIVE! But these things don’t last forever, and sometimes, we have to say goodbye.
So, when is it time?
When your shoes look like this:
Shoes have a life of about 400 miles. Maybe you can get away with six months if you’re not putting tons of miles on them, but that’s about it. Yes, it seems like a short period of time, especially when you consider the price, but when the rubber, gel, or other cushioning starts to break down, your shoes no longer benefit you. In fact, old shoes can lead to aches, pains, and even injury, so don’t let them linger in your collection too long.
When your sports bra pads do this:
I don’t even know what you would call this condition, but it’s definitely time to retire your fitness gear when it happens. Sports bras are another item with a shelf life of about six months: the saying is that they should never celebrate a birthday with you. Again, solid, supportive bras can be pricey, so it stings when they wear out, but new bras are much more comfortable for working out.
When you can’t get the stink out.
After a certain point, no amount of cleaning hacks can neutralize the odor in workout gear. Stripping, special detergents, vinegar, and other techniques do their job for a while, but when you can smell your fitness gear even after a good wash, you should consider kissing it goodbye.
When your spandex gives up the fight.
Ever go for a run or workout session and spend the entire time pulling your tights back into place? Just me? Spandex quits in its own time, and when it does, there’s no refreshing it. It’s a pain in the butt to keep adjusting your clothes when it happens, so just let those pieces of fitness gear go, literally.
When things get hole-y.
Even your favorite socks have to go sometimes. There isn’t necessarily an expiration date on socks, but over time, they will get saggy, baggy, and, yes, hole-y. It’s always disappointing to say goodbye to your socks, but once your toe starts sticking through, or your shoes start eating them during runs, it’s time to retire them from duty.
Other signs you’re ready to retire your fitness gear?
- Chafing in places that never chafed before
- Blisters from slipping socks and shoes
- Compression no longer doing it’s job
- Electronics that keep glitching or no longer hold a charge
When do you decide to retire your fitness gear?
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