New Gear, New Attitude: Spring Into Better Work Outs

It’s spring again.

And, there are few traditions more universally observed than spring cleaning. As you sort through all the various odds and ends of your life, it’s a perfect time to think about your work out gear and whether or not it’s working for you.

Here are a few items you may want to consider:

Shoes: If you’re a distance runner, you should replace your shoes once every six months. If your shoes rarely see the outside of the gym, you can use them for up to a year. And don’t be tempted to stock up on work out shoes during a sale, shoes expire even if they go unused. Shoes customized to your unique wear and work out can prevent injury and inspire you to work harder.

Sports Bra: Sports bras are meant to be tight fitting yet comfortable and secure. Sports bras lose their elasticity. When you’re bouncing and sagging, you’re work out is not going to be as comfortable. Plus, all that jiggling can cause undue stress on your back which can lead to injuries. Consider getting fitted for a sports bra that’s made specifically for your cup size. You’d be surprised how much more comfortable you work outs will be.

Protective Gear: Yes, this is Seattle, but the sun has started to peak through the clouds more than you might think. Old, faded, worn out T-shirts often let in a lot of UV rays. So, if something is thread bare, it may be time to repurpose it as a pajama T, a cleaning rag, or simply toss it. Protecting your skin and eyes with a good pair of sports’ sunglasses, a good hat, some sunscreen, and even SPF clothing can help to keep your skin from aging and ward off skin cancer.

Just like when you clean your home, sorting through your work out gear can refresh you for the hard work you’re bound to be doing to reach your fitness goals this spring. So, what are you waiting for, start this season with a new outlook, a new attitude, and a new work out wardrobe.