If you are an avid gym person, you know how annoying it can be to constantly change your sports bra but there is one easy tip that can help extend life. Despite the fact that bras have basically become a fixture of the everyday lives of women for almost a hundred years, a lot of women still happen to be making a number of bra mistakes.
Statistically, over 70 percent of women wear the wrong bra size and even more believe some crazy and unfounded myths about their underwear. As it turns out, we know even less about sports bras—and here’s why.
The sports bra is one of the types of bras you need in your wardrobe, but there is a chance you are not replacing them enough, or you replace them too soon (in a matter of weeks). What gives?
Because you tend to be moving (and yes, sweating) in your sports bras, this piece of clothing experiences a little more wear and tear than the average undergarment. More so, your sweat can cause the fabric and elastic to break down more quickly—even with the right care and cleaning.
As a result, sports bras need to be replaced every six to 12 months. Your bra should never celebrate a birthday, or even stay longer.
However, that can get expensive. The solution to this is to maximize the life of your sports bra, and there’s an easy rule of thumb to this. Keep at least three in your rotation. And if you’re hitting the gym multiple times per week, take note of indications that it may be time for a replacement.
A stretched band or straps, faded tags, spots that cause your skin to chafe, or a musky smell (even after being laundered) could be a sign that you need to buy a new bra.