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BBJ Fitness Corner | Training with a face mask

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AMID the Covid-19 pandemic, one must wear a face mask when out in public places.

However, a face mask can affect one's breathing and overall workout session, which is why coaches advise individuals to assess their training programs and health conditions, and be aware of their cardiovascular or respiratory conditions before exercising with a face mask on.

Enrico Del Rosario winds up for a long pass. A member of the CNMI national football team, Del Rosario is also a collegiate soccer player in the U.S. Contributed photo

Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said individuals must observe how they respond to wearing a face mask during training sessions. When walking, running, swimming or biking, wearing a mask is mostly optional because there is less interaction with other individuals as you maintain a consistent movement. However, when training indoors, you are likely to share equipment and training space. Diaz said it is essential to maintain a training space to yourself while avoiding interaction and sharing equipment. This is the reason why wearing training gloves and an appropriate face mask with a good air flow is important prior to training indoors, Diaz said.

Training with a mask do’s and don’ts

  • Avoid wearing a thick face mask during indoor training especially if you have a heart or lung condition.
  • Monitor the intensity of your workout.
  • Perform low-to-moderate indoor workouts only.
  • Eat meals 2-3 hours prior to training.
  • Hydrate appropriately.

 References

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200504-covid-19-update-quarantine-home-workouts-during-coronavirus

https://thedoctorweighsin.com/fitness-training-covid-19

https://www.cnet.com/health/should-you-exercise-with-a-face-mask-how-to-do-it-safely

 

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