When Should I Replace My Sports Bra?

When Should I Replace My Sports Bra?

July 10, 2019

When was the last time you thought about replacing your sports bras? What made you decide to replace them? 

New bras will provide extra comfort and support during your runs and workouts. Straps will be stronger, elastic will rebound better, and the fabric will breathe easier. However, as you use them, they wear out just like your shoes. Here, we give you some tips on how to determine whether your sports bras need to be replaced or not. 

Worn Out Sports Bra

The sports bra is made to provide ample support to your breasts as you perform physical activities. It prevents the breasts from bouncing and moving repeatedly. However, the body’s energy gets transferred to the bra which causes it to stretch and absorb the impact, which affects the fibers. Repetitive wear and impact makes the fibers weaker, thereby compromising support. Here are some of the things that wear your bra out:

  • Washing Machines and Dryers

Washing the bra often may expedite its breakage, and high heat from the clothes dryer can ruin the bra’s elastic band which is the most supportive part. It is much better to hang them to dry.

  • Body Oils

Aside from sweat, the oils from the body can clog up the fabric of the bra, which will make it less breathable. If your bra comes with a washing instruction, make sure to follow the steps to keep it in good shape.

Long-lasting Bra?

Choosing the right sports bra and buying a new one will keep you comfortable as your next triathlon or marathon starts. Ideally, sports bras should be replaced about every six to 12 months depending on how much they’re used and washed. A decline in support should be an indication that it needs to be replaced.

How Do I Know if It’s Worn Out?

Here are some indications that your bra might need a replacement:
  • Straps of the bra are sliding around and coming off your shoulders as you move, and you can’t adjust them like you want to
  • If you start to experience chafing around the midsection, it could be that the band is moving as you do your exercises
  • If your sports bra’s colors have faded and dulled noticeably
  • The edges or exposed clasps are frayed which can also lead to irritation
  • If the straps and the bottom band are not rebounding or have no resistance, time to get a new one.

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