THE WORLD IS MASKING UP
Recommendations related to prevention against the spread of COVID-19 include wearing of face masks.
Mandatory use of face masks has been implemented as it is said to help in limiting the spread of the virus by keeping respiratory droplets contained and from reaching other people.
FACE MASKS AND EXERCISE
When exercising, breathing is faster and harder, which increases the risk of disease transmission. As a result, some have considered wearing face masks during exercises.
However, masks make it harder to inhale the amount of air needed to perform at the highest levels. Wearing masks can increase the resistance to airflow. Exercise invariably leads to faster and harder breaths, so wearing a mask during exercise poses a further strain on airflow.
When we do heavy exercise, our muscles produce a byproduct which is then converted to carbon dioxide and exhaled. But what happens if the carbon dioxide is trapped by the mask? You may be re-breathing it which can cause some serious health implications.
Wearing a mask during physical activities or exercise might potentially cause negative impacts to the body. It limits ventilation and impair oxygen levels, causing breathing difficulties.
Given the current situation we are all in, at-home workouts are highly suggested in order to contain viral transmission and reduce risk of infections. If exercise is conducted in an isolated area, wearing face mask might just be unnecessary.