As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in number across the country, it is important to follow social-distancing measures and wear face coverings when out in public spaces, in order to take care of ourselves and others. This includes being protected during outdoor workout sessions and sports activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings to hinder the spread of the virus. This type of covering may be essential when going out for a walk or on your trip the store, but when it comes to exercise, masks made out of cloth are not exactly breathable and may irritate the skin while working out.
However, according to Rolling Stone, a number of manufactures have begun to design the perfect face coverings for outdoor exercising activities. When looking to buy a suitable mask for running and cycling, you should pick one that will keep you safe, comfortable, and dry. The best material to look for is one that is similar to the one in your workout clothes. Lightweight and moisture-repelling materials work best for this purpose. A proper face mask for working out outside is one that is flexible and will stay firmly on your face during physical activity. Masks with tiny perforations on the front will provide good breathability. Another factor to take into account when purchasing the right mask for exercise is finding one with a snug fit. This could include the presence of adjustable straps, which help to keep the mask tied to the face. Some masks shaped like gaiters are ideal for working out, as they provide coverage and stay in place.
Activewear and sports brands like Adidas and Athleta are offering face coverings made out of breathable materials similar to those in sports clothes. Similarly, outdoors-wear brands such as Columbia and Buff have a number of gaiters that will provide coverage and support during physical activities. The brand Hanes, which is known for its soft t-shirts, has recently put out a line of equally soft and simple face masks that can be ideal for exercise.