Wearing a face mask is not the most comfortable. However, it is the safest thing you can do for yourself and for others. If you must wear a face mask and enjoy working out or exercising outside or the social aspect of the gym, there are several things you can do to ensure you are getting enough oxygen and remaining safe.

Take it Slower

Whether you are new to working out or in expert shape, a mask makes you work a small percentage harder to take in air. So, beginners and experts to exercise alike may find themselves out of breath faster than usual. In this case, consider working out at a slower pace to keep both breathing and your heart rate at a slower pace. For example, if you wear a mask and are a habitual healthy runner or cycler and attempt your usual unmasked pace, your heart rate and breathing will be more elevated than before. Take it easy.

  • It is safe to work out with a face mask on. Monitor how you feel while wearing it and watch out for dizziness, lightheadedness, numbness, tingling, and shortness of breath.
  • Most discomfort can be avoided by choosing the right mask material and making sure the mask is the right fit.
  • Neck gaiters which can be pulled over the mouth and nose but remain open at the bottom may be a great secondary choice to a mask.

Masks to avoid when working out

  • Avoid all paper or surgical mask wearing when exercising. They rapidly become wet, making it more difficult to breath and the moisture means the masks lose some of their ability to block outgoing germs.
  • Cotton will also dampen easily.
  • Masks for working out should be made of synthetic, breathable materials to lessen moisture buildup.

If you are looking for a mask for working out, we do have a selection of TD Face Masks, washable, with a filter pocket, soft sublimated fabric, and elastic bands.

Remember the best way to work out while wearing a face mask is to take it slow and steady. Keep close attention on the way your body reacts and stay safe.

Anna Mullins