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6 breathable face masks to wear while exercising

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The use of face masks are a crucial weapon in the fight against COVID-19, but there has been some seemingly conflicting advice from health authorities on wearing them while exercising.

The World Health Organization has said that wearing a mask while exercising is not a good idea because it can make it difficult to breathe (largely from accumulated sweat), but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation is for everyone to wear face masks in public as a protective measure, and that presumably includes public spaces where you would be around others, such as a fitness center.

So if you're worried about protecting yourself and others from possible infection while you're working out, where does this leave you -- should you mask up, and, if so, what's the best face mask for exercising?

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Infectious disease expert Dr. Sandra Kesh  that you should avoid going to group workouts or exercise classes for the time being. And keep in mind, even if you're social-distancing at a gym, having many people inside and lots of heavy (unmasked) breathing creates an environment where the virus might spread more easily. For your safety and the safety of others, you shouldn't exercise without a mask indoors around other people you don't know. If you really cannot stand wearing a mask, take your exercise outside.For those who are really eager to go back to their gyms and studios, where masks might be required or not, here are a few masks that are breathable, moisture-wicking and designed for working out.

Under Armour

Under Armour designed the UA Sportsmask with athletes in mind, but any avid exerciser will find the mask useful if you're looking to upgrade from a standard cloth face mask. The mask is made with three different layers designed to allow airflow while also protecting you. One layer of the mask has an antimicrobial treatment called "PROTX2" "has been shown in laboratory tests to destroy the coronavirus, and is being reviewed by the US Environmental Protection Agency to confirm the efficacy of the substance as it is applied to the UA Sportsmask." 

The Well

The Well Movement mask is 50% cotton, so it may not hold up during serious sweat sessions, but for most activities, it will perform better than a 100% cotton mask since it's also made of sweat-friendly polyester and spandex. The mask contains antimicrobial properties to help prevent bacteria growth.The ear loops are adjustable, which is a huge plus for fit and comfort. The fabric also provides some UV protection, which is great if you're spending a lot of time walking or exercising outside -- but don't forget to wear