Did you do any shopping in the Black Friday sales? I have to admit I bought a few pieces from ASOS using their 20% off code, both fitness gear and ‘normal’ clothes, plus I’ve been really tempted by the House of Fraser Lorna Jane discounts and Next’s fitness gear sale.
With a few new purchases and some amazing new kit to test for January, my wardrobe is starting to burst at the seams and my shoe drawer is overflowing with trainers (yet I have no sensible ‘smart’ shoes!) I need to make some swaps in my wardrobe. When it comes to trainers I’ve given myself a ‘one in, one out’ rule- whenever I buy a new pair or am sent a pair, I have to get rid of an old pair.
This got me thinking about what to do with my kit, some of which has been worn to death, some of which has only been worn a few times.
What to do with your old fitness kit
- Be a good friend – I give my friends first dibs of my old kit, especially bras (I’m always given small bras which have no hope of fitting!). I love when I turn up to do a class with a friend and they’re in my kit! Not many of my friends are as obsessed about fitness and workout wear as I am, so encouraging them to exercise with me even if I do bribe them with kit is worth it. Do you recognise the top my friend Anna is wearing below from my Puma campaign a few months ago?
- Sell it. Have you ever bought a piece of kit online or in a shop and just not loved it as much when you got home, or worn it once and found it uncomfortable. I’m terrible at returning things in time, especially with places like Fabletics where it’s a mission to send things back, so have started selling some of my kit that I’ve never worn or worn once on Ebay. It doesn’t make much but it all adds up. Leah sold lots of kit before she left the UK last year and used the proceeds to pay for races!
- Donate it. Whether you drop off a bag at your local charity shop, clothing drive or to a charity such as A Mile in Her Shoes, who help women get back on their feet through running and aim to provide kit for all their run club members, they are looking for shoes and clothing in decent condition- especially in larger sizes. Smalls for All accept gently worn bras that they send to women in Africa, along with new knickers – love that they are saying ‘pants to poverty’!
- Get Recycling. If your kit is very well worn and probably isn’t in any condition for someone else to wear then the best bet is to recycle it so that it can be made into something else! There are banks all over London and the UK – use this Recycle locator in the UK, for those in the USA try this one UsAgain.
What do you do with your old clothing/workout gear?