Do I need to wear a mask to exercise in the gym?
Preliminary studies have shown that people wearing masks during strenuous exercise have no effect on their health.
Scientists from the Monzino Cardiology Center (CCM) in Milan and the University of Milan measured the breathing rate, pulse rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels of six men and women on exercise bikes with and without masks.
12 healthy subjects underwent 3 cardiopulmonary exercise tests: without protective masks, surgical masks and FFP2 masks. Dyspnea is assessed by the Borg Scale. A standard lung function test was also performed.
Results All subjects (40.8±12.4 years old; 6 males) completed the protocol without adverse events, and no significant difference in oxygen saturation was observed.
Wearing a mask reduces the participant’s ability to perform physical exercises by about 10%, which may be due to some difficulty breathing through the mask. However, since it is far from reaching the exercise ventilation limit, it is safe to wear a mask even during the maximum exercise period, but the exercise performance will be slightly reduced.
Dr. Massimo Mapelli, a CCM cardiologist, said: “This reduction is modest, and it is essential that even under the most intense exercise within the individual’s tolerance, wearing a mask does not pose a risk to healthy people. "Although more and more people have begun to vaccinate, but this research found that may open up sports venues earlier."
According to the results, there are differences in some measured values between wearing a mask and not wearing a mask. Overall, the study emphasizes that masks should be worn safely during strenuous exercise to prevent the spread of new coronary disease.
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