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Spruce Up Your Exercise Routine: What to Ditch to Make a Switch

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Anytime is the perfect time to change up some of those old worn out items and routines that you've been hanging on to when it comes to your exercise lifestyle. Switching out even the most basic of equipment can reinvigorate and offer a fresh perspective when it comes to your workout regimen.

This is a handy list of “what to ditch” to make the exercise switch:

Get rid of that cheap pedometer. Instead buy a good $20 one that counts accurate steps, most cheap pedometers are highly inaccurate.

Ditch the old running shoes. Instead opt for a new pair and keep track of how much “mileage” you get out of them. Typically, if you run/walk 10 miles per week then shoes can last for 12 months (15 miles : 8 months, 20 miles : 6 months, 30 miles : 4 months).

Throw out the old cotton workout t-shirt. Instead invest in some shirts that are made of wicking fabrics. Wicking fabrics (like synthetics) do a better job of keeping you drier and cooler when you are exercising.

Toss the lightweight dumbbells. Instead try heavier dumbbells that are more challenging in your workout.