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.