It's been a little over a year since the breakout of the Coronavirus pandemic. Although vaccination rates are increasing and the country is edging slowly towards reopening, the Center of Disease and Control Prevention still strongly recommends that everyone wear a mask in public settings. This is still a vital measure to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
So when it comes to exercising and going back to the gym, wearing a mask is still highly advised, but with some precautions and recommendations.
Precautions for exercising with a mask on:
Consult your doctor before exercising while wearing a mask, especially If you have a pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular condition like COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis or any other lung condition that could be worsened with restricted air flow.
Also, monitor your exertion levels. Workouts like running and high intensity interval training are very demanding on the lungs and fatigue can set very rapidly. If possible, perform those exercises without a mask outdoors or where there is plenty of social distance from other people. Otherwise, adjust your intensity level and make it lower so your body adjusts to the slightly restricted air flow.
Recommendations for proper face covering during exercise*:
* American Council on Exercise