How Old is Your Sports Bra?

How Old is Your Sports Bra?
This is not me. But it could be me if I didn't eat anything from now until July 1st.

How Old is Your Sports Bra? I got an email with this as the subject line recently. Granted it was from Fleet Feet, a running gear store, but still. A little invasive if you ask me. My initial reaction was to yell, “None of your damn business!” at my computer, but then, I opened the email because, well, I wanted to know. How old is too old for a running bra?

“When regularly used, a sports bra should be replaced every 6 - 12 months,” is what they say over at Fleet Feet, you know, the place that sells running bras. I know this probably falls into the category of TMI, but my favorite running bra, a black Champion, has got to be coming up on five-years-old. Sure, I have newer ones, but when my favorite isn’t in the laundry, it’s the one I reach for. So of course I kinda panicked. OMG, I need all new sports undergarments! But then, isn’t that what they want me to think, all those folks over there at the store?

Are we all really so gullible, so easily convinced by the manufacturers of stuff that our stuff must be replaced so often? “Toothbrushes need to be replaced every six months,” say the toothbrush companies. This wasn’t the case when I was growing up. I think I had the same toothbrush for practically my entire childhood. (No cavities in my entire childhood, either, by the way.) “Throw away your make-up after six months,” say the make-up companies. “That will ruin your body,” the shoe salesman at Sports Authority told me when I asked about barefoot running. “Replace your running shoes every six months,” say the running shoe companies.

Sure I can buy into arguments about aging and elasticity, even when it comes to my clothes, but seriously? Every 6-12 months? For all this stuff? I’m sorry. I refuse. I will not buy new stuff when my old stuff appears to be fine, just because some company selling said stuff says I need to.

Maybe someday I’ll end up giving a resigned, and toothless, grin when the girls are hanging down to my knees, which happen to be ruined from wearing running shoes that are, gasp, eighteen-months-old, and realize all those companies were right. But I don't think so. However, it might not be a bad time to toss out that five-year-old black Champion with all those miles on it, you know, just in case somebody asks.


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  • I think I can say on behalf of the other 48% of the population "we don't really want to know," and also don't report how old is our jock strap. Of course, they might be sucked up into "6 months from now, do I buy the shoe endorsed by MJ or D-Rose?" Maybe by then my New Balance cross trainers won't hurt.

  • As part of the other 48 percent I do want to know, and I also have to ask: Do guys really own jock straps these days?

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    I feel an "athletic supporter" joke coming on. Someone stop me.

  • In reply to KimStrickland:

    Yeah, I was going to make one, sort of like the Sox have fans and the Cubs have athletic supporters. But I won't.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Yes. Wear it everyday.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Under Armour guy, Jimmy, or just don't work out?

  • I just bought a couple of new ones, but before that I was frequently using one that I had bought during my freshman year of college.*

    *Which was not last year.

  • In reply to Magistra:

    Probably also brings up the question why some women at the health club wear only the sports bra and shorts,* while others also wear a T-shirt.**
    * Except for the out of shape ones.
    ** Except I have seen fewer of the former, although I recently saw one wearing a muscle shirt showing the sports bra band thru the arm holes, which raises even more issues.

  • In reply to jack:

    I don't know if you've ever seen the How I Met Your Mother episode where they all decide to join a gym, but I definitely fall into the "Robin Scherbotsky: I'm Just Here to Work Out/Skanky Old T-Shirt from the Shawon Dunston Era Camp." It's probably for the best that I now work out mostly at home.

  • Thanks for all the great comments! Who knew we all felt so strongly about what's under there.

  • In reply to ACityMom:

    A double-entendre? Unintended or not, it's funny.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    C'mon, isn't anyone gonna say it?

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    Under where?

  • In reply to Armella Schroder:

    Thank you, Armella! And I don't care how juvenile that was. I thoroughly amused myself.

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