How to Wear a Mask During Your Workout
10 Tips for Exercising with a Face Covering
What's Inside Counts
Choose a fabric that is moisture-wicking and breathable. Look for synthetic materials as opposed to 100% cotton. Avoid using a paper mask since it can get wet quickly. For recommendations on face coverings, check out Our Favorite Masks for Activity.
The Right Fit
Make sure your mask fits comfortably and consistently over your nose and mouth and around the bottom of your chin for the best protection.
Your Body Can Adapt
Provided you don’t have an underlying respiratory or cardiovascular condition, your body will still receive adequate oxygen through a mask. Much like endurance training at different altitudes, over time, your body will adjust to any slight change in levels.
Listen to Your Body
Your body has ways of telling you if you’re doing too much. Pay attention and check in with your body throughout your workout. If you experience lightheadedness, dizziness, extreme shortness of breath or numbness and tingling, stop exercising, sit down and take a break.
Adjust Your Intensity
If you find your normal workout routine too challenging with a mask, don’t lower your mask, make adjustments to your workout. Reduce your speed slightly, or take some resistance off. Let your body get used to working out with a mask and gradually work back up.
It’s Okay to Take a Break
If you need a drink of water or you need a minute to catch your breath after a tough set, it’s okay to lower your mask for a short time as long as you are 6 feet or more away from anyone else. Try not to touch the front of your mask; instead, use the ear loops to take your mask off. When you’re ready, gear up with your mask and get back in there.
Carry a Spare
Masks lose their effectiveness when they are wet. If you plan to workout for more than 30 minutes, bring a spare mask along just in case.
Give Space in the Water
You don’t need to wear a mask while swimming. But please stay at least 6 feet or more away from others in the pool, and use a mask to walk in and out of the club and when you’re on the pool deck.
Keep It Clean
Wash your masks regularly. Follow the care instructions for your mask.
Be Part of the Team
“Think of wearing face masks as a team sport; it requires the participation of each team member to be successful. When everybody wears masks together, it can be quite effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.”
- Dr. Daniel J. Durand
Information sourced from the following:
British Journal of Sports Medicine | Should people wear a face mask during exercise
New York Times | Exercising While Wearing a Mask
ACE Fitness | Exercising with a Face Covering: Safety Do’s and Don’ts
CNET | How to exercise with a face mask
UA Newsroom | Expert Advice Wearing a Face Mask While Working Out