Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Sports Bras and other Sports Apparel topics.
Sports bras may not look worn out, but the support and elasticity eventually give out. Champion, a major manufacturer of sports bras, recommends replacing a sports bra after 100 workouts or 8 months to a year of regular use, whichever comes first. But how do you define a workout? One workout may be a 16-mile run, 30 minutes on the stationary bike, or an hour of step aerobics, so some judgment is called for.
Signs that your sports bra is shot:
-You notice that you're bouncing more; the bra doesn't seem to support your chest as well as it used to.
-The elastic on the straps or bottom band is noticeably stretched out and doesn't seem to fit snugly when you put on the bra.
-The fabric is ripped so that underwires are exposed; this will lead to chafing.