When is it Time to Replace Your Fitness Gear?

Male road cyclist on country road

Most fitness gear can last for years but some gear may be used way beyond their expiration date. It doesn’t hurt to update or even upgrade some of your equipment.

Running shoes – Often you can just take a look at the soles of your favorite running shoes and know it is time to toss them. However, for most runners, the average length of time your shoes may last is between 350 – 500 miles. For those who run at least 25 miles per week, the recommendation is to get a new pair every 3 to 4 months.

Bicycle helmet – Bicycle helmets should be replaced after any crash. The foam inside may not be as protective after an impact. The same goes if you have dropped your helmet on a hard surface and have cracked the foam. If your helmet is very old, it is a good idea to get a new one that meets current safety standards.

Bicycle – A bike frame can last a long time, at least 20 years if stored properly. The gears and chains can be changed every 5 to 10 years depending on wear and tear. A visit to your local bike shop for a tune-up will let you know for sure what kind of shape your bicycle is in.

Yoga mats – These may last for quite awhile but if you’re noticing some wear and tear, it’s time to replace it. You can even recycle your mat.

Gloves – You may use gloves for lifting weights. Most have padding where you grip. Check to see if the padding is getting worn down.

Fortunately, there isn’t very much gear required to stay fit unless you participate in a specific sport or other physical activity that needs special equipment. What have you replaced lately?

Resources:
http://sportsmedicine.about.com
http://shape.com

Author: Eartha Haines

My name is Eartha and I created this blog as a motivational resource for myself to keep up with exercise and eating right. I enjoy reading, learning, and writing about all things fitness related. I hope that as well as motivating myself, others may find motivation to try fitness as well. Learn more.

3 thoughts on “When is it Time to Replace Your Fitness Gear?”

  1. If you run every day, you can have your running shoes last much longer if you have at least two different pairs and alternate between them. A pair of running shoes needs some rest after use, both for the sole to retain their shock absorbing characteristics, and for glue around the seems etc to dry out properly after being exposed to moisture both from the foot and the environment. I used to run 5 or 6 six a week as part of my boxing training, and when I found a good pair of running shoes that I liked I went back and bought another straight away.

    Also: don’t use heat to dry your running shoes, as this can ruin both the mid soles and the shoe as a whole.

  2. Recentoly had to change the moving floor on our treadmil, you know the rubbery part, asit was getting worn! We’ve had the treadmill for 3 years now and its used at least once a day by someone in the family so was getting a bit worn in the centre

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