Being a personal fitness trainer, I get this question all of the time: “How long should my resistance bands last?” My answer? It depends. How is that for clear and concise?
The reality is that the life of your resistance bands depends on a couple of different factors. The first, and most obvious factor, is going to be how much you use it. For example, if you bought it, used it twice, and it now sits on the floor in the corner collecting dust and cobwebs, it will probably outlive you.
However, if you use yours regularly, such as a couple of times a week (like you should, by the way), you can expect your band to last one to two years maximum. Use it every day, on the other hand, and you’ll likely have to replace it in roughly eight months or so.
The one thing to keep in mind is that the longer you use your resistance band, the less resistant it becomes. It’s similar to a rubber band, really. If you keep stretching it and stretching it, it is going to begin to wear down over time, eventually becoming bigger and having less elasticity.
Another factor to consider is the quality of the band you purchased. If you bought a higher end band, it is likely to last you longer than a lower end band.
If you have any doubts about whether or not your band is still giving you a solid workout, then it is probably time to get a new one. Like any other piece of exercise equipment, resistance bands need to be replaced from time to time.
What type of band do you use? How long has yours lasted?