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Fitness

When to Replace Your Exercise Essentials

To get the best results from your workout -- and stay safe, too -- you can't keep ignoring the necessary upkeep and replacement of your most important items. "It's worth it, especially since most gear is fairly inexpensive and other gear may have useful upgrades," says Corey Twedt, NordicTrack Research and Development Manager. "You should always check your items for tears, cracks, or yellowing, and replace them so you can prevent injuries." Here's how to know when it's time to pony up the dough for a better performance.
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When to replace them: After 300-500 miles of use

Must-know info: Worn-down sneakers can result in a lack of support and injuries. If you're doing group exercise classes at least three times a week, figure that you'll probably need to replace your shoes every 9-12 months; if you're running five miles three times a week, every 5-8 months is recommended.

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