If you’re a woman taking part in sport, especially high impact sport, it’s really important to look after your sports bras and know when to replace them.
Hands up. Who’s been wearing the same sports bra for years? If this is you, then put it in the bin. It’s time to replace it.
The more you wear a bra and the more exercise you do, the more the elasticity in your bra stretches. This means that it won’t fit so snugly and won’t support as well. You can extend the shelf life of a bra by making sure you have at least two and alternate the wearing of them.
A good test is seeing if the bra easily fastens on the tightest clasp. If it does, you may want to think about looking for a new one.
Do you run frequently?
If you run several times a week, or take part in other high impact sports, you may need to replace your bra as often as every 6 months or so. If you take part in lower impact sports where the bra isn’t having to work quite so hard, you’ll get quite a bit longer.
Gently pull the straps and band. Is there any resistance? If not, bin it.
It’s the bounce test!
Put on your bra and jump up and down. Are you bouncing? If so, it’s time to replace.
It isn’t just exercise that reduces the shelf life of a sports bra, but also washing. Handwash in cold water and leave to dry naturally to extend the shelf life.