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Should I wear a mask while exercising?

Should I wear a mask while exercising?

8 Mar 2021

 

The news of vaccination rates increasing while COVID-19 cases continue to drop in the UK is signaling that things are finally looking to the upside as the road to the end of lockdown begins.


One of the activities that many people in the UK are looking forward to is returning to the gym and leisure centres to get back into healthy lifestyle habits, which are slated to reopen from 12 April.

 

People are wondering what the gym experience will look like after lockdown – including if masks will need to be worn in facilities while working out. Gyms are thought to be more high risk than other indoor venues because people tend to expel more droplets into the air as they breathe during their exercise. However, some people are concerned that wearing a mask while they work out will inhibit their breathing and affect their overall fitness performance.

 

Studies show that mask wearing during work outs have no detrimental effects, even during rigorous exercise. According to Mayo Clinic, new research shows that your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen level and time of exhaustion are not significantly affected by wearing a mask during moderate to strenuous aerobic physical activity.

However, if comfort and breathability is a concern, a great mask option is the Livinguard Fitness Mask (£34.99) which was developed specifically for fitness workouts while still providing maximum protection, especially indoors.

 

The Livinguard Fitness Mask is supercharged with Swiss-patented, high-performance filtration technology that features an advanced textile fabric treated with a strong positive charge to destroy negatively charged microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, and several types of fungi. When those microbes come in contact with this treated fabric, the anti-microbial cell lining effectively destroys them. This strong positive charge is scientifically proven to directly inactivate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, thus preventing them from spreading.

 

The fitness mask, which comes with a protective bag to eliminate cross-contamination in between use, is made with advanced lyocell microfiber with 5x enhanced breathability. It is also quick drying and has a fully adjustable head strap with a nose clip for a custom fit for maximum comfort. The mask is also a sustainable option, as it is washable and reusable up to 150 daily uses before it needs to be washed.

 

The technology of the textiles on the MaskNow Livinguard Face Masks have been clinically tested and vetted by researchers at the University of Berlin (one of the world’s leading centres of Virology) and the University of Arizona. You can view the results from their study here and here.