If you’re returning to a fitness center or gym to work out, you may be required to wear. But you might also consider waiting — Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease expert, skipping exercise classes and workouts and cautions against exercising around unmasked people indoors in the short term. For your safety as well as the safety of others, it’s inadvisable to exercise indoors without a mask around other people you don’t know. (Here’s how to fix an .)
We put some face masks designed for working out to the test and found the best breathable and moisture-wicking options. We updated this story recently.
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.”
When I tried the Under Armour mask during a cardio workout, I first noticed it felt comfortable on my face — it didn’t cling to my mouth, which can be uncomfortable when you’re breathing harder. When I started to sweat, I noticed that instead of the mask feeling hot I got a cool sensation, which was so nice.
The mask didn’t totally wick away moisture, but since the fabric wasn’t so tight on my mouth, it wasn’t a problem. While the ear loops on the mask aren’t adjustable, they’re stretchy and comfortable. Overall, I was impressed with this mask and would be comfortable wearing it in indoor or outdoor fitness settings.
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