Spring cleaning.

Despite the lack of springy weather, why not do a little spring cleaning?

That definitely does not bring out a ray of sunshine for most people, unless you are suffering from OCD and actually ENJOY cleaning. The good news is we’re talking about sifting through our fitness wardrobes–not your entire house– so, no broom required!

This week Fitness put out a step-by-step guide on replacing your workout gear.

Turns out all the science that makes fitness fabrics so impressive needs as much special care as our actual bodies do. Water repellent, cool gear, warm gear and any other special fabric can deter within months if washed with fabric softener. Also, hang-drying these items is best.

If you wear these often, wash them carefully!

Check the tag for clues about fabric care, but most replacement comes down to frequency of use and type of material. Your spandex, if thrown into the wash nearly every week, won’t outlive  the rotation of all fifty cotton t-shirts you own, one for each organization on campus, of course.

As far as the girls go, bras can live three months to a full year according to how often they’re washed and used. The article recommends doubling up on bras if one gets too weak and you’re not ready to trash it.

I could never part with my Victoria Secret sports bras. Call me girly, but they reach heavenly perfection.

Love these color pops! Under a black tank? Perfection.

How often do you wash a sports bra? Almost as often as you sweat in it. Warmer weather means more frequent washes. Fit Sugar recommends jumping into the shower and scrubbing your bra — yes, take it off first. That way you are not doing whole loads of laundry for one sports bra, and hand washing is better for bras anyways.

Other common pieces are yoga mats, exercise bands, weights, cardio machines and exercise balls. These may not be something you wear but they are just as important. Most are replaced as needed; look for holes, odors, cracks and yellowing. However, exercise balls CAN pop. Um, embarrassing! The more you shrink and blow up a ball the less it lives, so use caution and replace every one to two years.

Find this at Dick's Sporting Good's!

Quick Obsession.

Found this Lululemon Athletica workout tank … it has a built-in bra and stays tight on top and bottom while letting your tummy breathe. Perfect for a warm day run or flowing yoga class! Love it? Find this exact tank here.

Feel free while you workout!

Out-fitting your outfit.

T-minus 5 weeks til Hilton Head and counting … For those lucky students who will soon be hitting the sand while sipping Frosty Frogs it’s time to get in gear at the gym.

So while your’re blasting calories here’s a few pre-arranged outfits that are too cute to not workout! I clicked through pins on pins of “workout gear” to find a few of my favorite on Pinterest.

Here’s a great look for Ping classes or runners.

Rock your runs!

With those shades a gal will look cute just walking from A to B.

Now this pastel collection of calm pieces is perfect for classes like Yoga, Pilates or their cross-breed Yogalates. A friend of mine recently began stretching her athletic ability at Inhale Yoga, she says benefits include not only strengthening her core but lengthening her patience.

Color-tastic in elastic!

Do not be afraid to mix and match what you like, though, no one wants to be a walking billboard for any one sporting brand.

Plus no matter what you wear, music matters. I found the cutest way to hold your iPod while working it.

A warm and fuzzy running buddy!

This knit iPod holder looks less intense than the typical black band used by most runners. Who says you have to look tough to act tough? Hit the gym your way, your style.

Speaking of new kicks …

Speaking of new kicks ...

My dad JUST surprised me with a new pair of Brooks because he knows how much I’ve been wanting to take ’em for a spin … these Women’s Pureflow are a part of the Brooks Pure Project, and according to Runner’s world they’re a best buy:):) Lightweight and colorful, can’t beat that on the track!!

Wish for Warm Weather … & Pick Up the Pace.

There’s something I’ve been noticing a lot around campus – kicks. Maybe I need to divert more of my attention from ground level, but lately when I hit the gym or even walk to class I notice one trend that’s picking up the pace: bright, fun and flirty kicks.

We’re all still crossing our fingers for 80-degree weather in Athens, but don’t hold your breath. Despite the lack of layouts, the weather is definitely warm enough to run outside (or at least walk rather than drive to Ping) !

Shape magazine reviewed exercise shoes this week in their 2012 Shoe Awards, and the magazine gave out medals for best shoe per physical activity. Topping the ranks and the trails were two of my favorites:  Brooks and Asics.

I run in Asics, which won best support and best performance in high impact cardio (think aerobic classes at Ping and plyometrics).  But Brooks also keeps catching my eye. They win the hotness award for being super lightweight.

The multitasking newbie, however, which switched from elliptical to bootcamp like a pro was the Ryka Transpire. New technology hidden in the shoe keeps tootsies cool whether you’re cardio dancing or hitting the track. I haven’t heard much about Ryka, but their shoes look structured and come in a variety of colors. No boys allowed though; Ryka Sport Company boasts that their shoes are for women only!

Fans of Carrie Bradshaw know that a fabulous shoe creates the outfit. So drop the Sketchers and buy a real running shoe! Even if the main reason you purchase a particular pair is because its neon laces highlight your tan, doing a little  research helps your joints stay joyful and keeps the aches away.

Here’s a tip: if your sneakers bend and wring like a towel then they are not offering enough support. Your knees, ankles and every joint in between take a beating  with each footstep hitting the pavement. Replace running shoes every three to six months – sooner if you run more than five miles a treck and later if you primarily exercise indoors.