With the new normality, our routines have changed. Playing sports while wearing a mask has become a habit for many people. However, there are many doubts about its proper use when exercising. Many wonder whether it is advisable to use them when training, how sweating affects them or the characteristics that a breathable mask. In this article we have collected the answers you need to play sports and use a mask safely. In addition, we include a list of brands that have opted to create these accessories with a design specially crafted for training and working out.
Basic questions about masks and sports
Is it safe to use them for sports or while jogging?
Experts seem to agree that sports practice, both indoors and outdoors, can be done wearing a mask without any problems. Now, depending on the properties of the tissue, it may be more difficult to breathe and this will increase the effort required for exercise. Particular attention should be paid to children and people with asthma, because they can be more sensitive to this effect. The biggest drawback of a mask is the microclimate of moisture and heat generated between the mouth and the fabric. It is important to remember that a wet mask loses many of its properties, the fact of wearing it will also increase your nasal secretions. In short, although wearing masks is safe, they should be removed if they are wet or the feeling is not bearable, and they should be changed if they are not in good condition.
Is it better to go without a mask while working out?
No mask will match the feeling of well-being when you take in fresh air with no mask while running. However, the general recommendations make it necessary to wear it in busy areas where the social distance cannot be kept. Therefore, if we talk about performance, the mask may help much, and if we talk about safety, then it is an essential accessory. Specialists recommend choosing a breathable mask for regular and mild exercise, such as continuous running. In turn, intense exercise, such as fast running in intervals, can be practiced without a mask provided that an environment with distances is guaranteed. In any case, it is advisable have it on you as a protection to use after intense exercise.
What should a sports ask should look like?
Personal protective masks, intended for health professionals and other workers at risk, are not a good choice. These are very covering and will give a very unpleasant feeling of heat, along with sweating. Hygienic paper masks are more breathable, but their fit is not elastic, which reduces their properties with movement. For sports, the best choice is a mask with adjustable elastic finish and breathable fabric. In this way you ensure a good fit and avoid unnecessary discomfort sensations. Look for masks that specify that they are made of breathable materials, this does not mean that their filtration is less, but are designed with comfort in mind.
Do kids have to wear masks?
With the advent of the new normality, some areas are resuming their sports activities. Many parents wonder whether it is appropriate or advisable to use masks in individual and group sports, as children do a lot of sports accompanied. Before answering this question, it should be borne in mind that all adults who surround the children's sports environment (coaches, teachers, parents or caregivers) must wear masks and comply with the recommendations of the authorities as a public or companion.
As for the youngest, its use should be similar to that of adults from the age of two, provided there is no risk of suffocation due to previous pathologies or disability on the part of the minor. That is, it should be used as long as it is not possible to maintain social distancing, which is, by the way, the best mask you can wear. It is recommended to find a child's size and follow pediatric advice not only for its use, but also for the adoption of the habit. It is also advisable to wear a replacement mask in case of sweating or nasal secretions.
How should I wash it?
It is very important to check if they are washable, as some FFP2 or N95 models work as filters thanks to propylene, which does not keep its properties with conventional washing.
Reusable masks must have specifications on how to ensure optimal washing. In our article on how to properly care for masks you will find general information, but always stick to the recommendations of each product. It is essential that you wash them after each session and purchase models that prioritize durability. Most sports masks can be hand washed or machine washed. In addition, you can dry them like any other garment.
Our favorite sports masks
One of the first things that attracts your attention of Ubik are its designs. It is one of the few brands that are extremely comfortable to do sport and at the same time feature modern and trendy designs and colors. Its fit system of elastic ear loops is available in two sizes. In addition, the fabric, which repels water and washes easily, has a very high filtration efficiency (97% for particles larger than one micron).
Finally, we love the breathability of the product, which allows you to exercise without feeling of stress or shortness of breath. It has twelve designs with different patterns to combine them with your summer sport outfit.
The legendary brand of clothing and mountain shoes has launched hygienic masks with interchangeable filter and ergonomics. Its model is called Stratos Mask, and bases its protection on the replacement of filters. To develop this mask, La Sportiva used its experience with sports fabrics of its own clothing line.
The mask is made of breathable 3D mesh fabric and soft lycra with anti-bacterial treatment Viraloff™ from Polygiene
Solorunners has created a simple bet for the daily running of non-professional runners. Your mask The Lurbel Faz mask has the exclusive patented Regenactiv textile technology (from which the Bmax technology applied to the brand's best-selling socks is extracted). The main strengths of this mask are that it accelerates the process of recovery from skin injuries, has an ergonomic design and is able to adapt to the face without causing a feeling of tightness. They have a bacterial filtration efficacy ≥ 95% according to EN 14683:2019
As it could not be otherwise, the iconic generalist sports brand has launched its own simple version of a sports mask. Like other models, it prioritizes breathability and fit and offers several sizes. Its design is flat, with a text of “I love bikes” so that cyclists can wear it proudly. This model is for use only for over 10 y/o. As an advantage, it is worth noting that it can withstand up to 500 washes.
This brand stands out for its level of customization, as they allow you to choose any color or an image as a print. The masks are made of 92% Polyester +8% Elastane, and the fabric is a sanitary neoprene with antibacterial finish. It has a breathability of 40.6% +/- 1% to make sports possible. The tissue, in addition, tries to maintain your body temperature and avoid excessive sweating
Adidas sells a basic pack focused on simplicity. It offers three comfortable masks with the brand's logo, in black or blue. They are designed as comfortable soft cloth masks, and can be washed and reused. As a basic, this mask is designed for a daily routine. Addicts to this brand can complete their look with the simple pack washable masks from Adidas.
The Lurbel Faz mask also bets on simplicity in design, with a smooth finish. The fabric is designed so that the most sweating parts are more breathable, making it a good choice for the hottest summer months. Its seams are flat, which allows it to fit without exerting much pressure and provides comfort to the user. These masks have an antibacterial filtration efficiency of 95% according to BFE and are available in one standard size.
We will never tire of repeating it: the best protection is safety distance and hygiene. However, exercise is a fundamental pillar of health and you should not give it up. To protect yourself in your daily routine, choose a breathable and elastic model, make sure you have a refill, and wash your mask after each session.