The advice onvaries slightly among leading health organizations. The CDC’s recommendation is that a or covering be worn in public when around other people as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus, while the World Health Organization has cautioned that mask-wearing during exercise can make it difficult to breathe, largely from the sweat that accumulates. (If you’re looking for pointers, here’s how to wear masks ).
So, if you’re supposed to wear a face covering while you work out, what are the best ones to maximize performance and comfort?
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Infectious disease expert Dr. Sandra Keshthat you should avoid going to group workouts or exercise classes for the time being and try to maintain physical distancing. And keep in mind, even if you’re social distancing at a gym, having many people inside and lots of heavy (unmasked) breathing creates an environment where the virus might spread more easily.
For your safety and the safety of others, you shouldn’t exercise without a mask indoors around other people you don’t know. If you really cannot stand wearing a mask, take your exercise outside.
For those who are really eager to go back to their gyms and fitness studios, where masks might be required or not, here are a few masks that are breathable, moisture-wicking and designed for working out.
Under Armour designed the UA Sportsmask with athletes in mind, but any avid exerciser will find the mask useful if you’re looking to upgrade from a standard cloth face mask. The mask is made with three different layers designed to allow airflow while also protecting you.
One layer of the mask has an antimicrobial treatment called “PROTX2” which the brand says, “has been shown in laboratory tests to destroy the coronavirus, and is being reviewed by the US Environmental Protection Agency to confirm the efficacy of the…
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