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We have to break it for you, but face masks can stay here. Even if they sparked clashes of ideologies and a new genre of memes and videos, most people have embraced them on the advice of medical experts. Still, one of the main aspects of daily life that face masks have disrupted is exercising outdoors.
Unless they work out from the comfort of their own home or live in a state with functioning gyms, most people now use outdoor spaces for fitness purposes. While many tie their face masks to their wrists and only wear them in close contact with others, using your face mask consistently is the safest thing you can do for yourself and others. Knowing this doesn't make it any easier to sweat with a cloth over your nose and mouth, however.
While it takes getting used to, it is possible to work out and wear face masks efficiently. Here are 5 tips that can help you:
Buy the right mask
The important things first; You won't get too far when exercising if you wear a surgical mask and the outside is 90 degrees. You will sweat through the material and have a bad time and unproductive workout. Research and compare options. Many sports brands have developed face masks that are breathable, comfortable for exercise, and minimize the amount of moisture they absorb. This prevents the fabric from becoming heavy and damp.
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If you have the right mask, prepare well in advance by drinking more water and having something available during exercise. It is important to keep hydrated as the face mask and heat can increase your heart rate and leave you feeling dehydrated and overheated. Cold water will help you feel relaxed and keep sweating and exercising.
Set realistic goals
Try to take it slow the first time you exercise with your mask. Understand that this is a new challenge for your body. Set realistic goals and expectations for your first training sessions. The most important thing you can do here is to acclimate and later increase the intensity when you feel you can handle it.
Keep an eye on the weather
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Even if you're not wearing a mask, it's important to consider the weather when exercising outdoors. If you live in a place that is very hot, you will find hours when the heat is the lowest, such as later in the evening. Your face mask presents fewer barriers and you are less likely to encounter others who may or may not be practicing COVID safety.
Try other workouts
If running with a face mask is too much for you, try other workouts. Lift weights, practice yoga, or anything that appeals to you. In the long run, this can develop other muscles and skills that you normally don't work out, which will help you achieve a better level of fitness.
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