The effects of wearing a facemask in relation to Covid-19 seem inconclusive. Our personal opinion? No harm no foul. Besides, exercising with a facemask might even give you physical and mental benefits
Some scientists claim wearing a facemask has little to know effect on the spread of the virus while others claim the opposite, especially in combination with other measurements like washing your hands regularly. Some say wearing a facemask makes people less cautious of social distancing, while others claim the opposite. Our personal opinion? No harm no foul. Besides, exercising with a facemask might even give you physical and mental benefits.
Wearing a facemask makes it harder to breath. It decreases the amount of air into the lunges, and less air means less oxygen in the bloodstream and muscles. You are out of breath quicker, you have less strength and energy and lactic acid hits in faster. In a nutshell: your performance goes down compared to not wearing a mask.
Your body needs a few weeks to adjust and to become more efficient in the uptake and use of oxygen. Eventually it will adjust, and you will feel the benefits by the time you can exercise without a mask: you will feel like Speedy Gonzales!
Furthermore, wearing a mask can be a mental challenge as well: Your performance goes down, you cannot do what you would normally do, you might feel restricted physically and mentally. Your mind also needs a few weeks to adjust if you put in some work. Instead of fighting against it, hating it and framing it as a restriction, try to embrace it and see the positive side of it: It might contribute to public health, your performance will benefit from it in the long run and you’re challenging yourself mentally. All aspects of health and growth!
So if you are still in doubt of wearing a mask: just try it, no harm no foul!
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