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Exercising in a Mask: Do’s and Don’ts

Palm Beach Post "Ask the Expert" column features tips from Kathleen L. Davenport, MD, physiatrist at HSS Florida, covering the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind during these times when exercising while wearing a mask.

As COVID-19 is transmitted through our breathing, the increased breathing during exercise may increase the risk of infection. Dr. Davenport advised to wear a mask when around others (during both indoor and outdoor exercise classes and gyms), and through the entirety of the workout. She also suggested having multiple masks on hand, as it may get wet and offer less protection while you perspire.

Dr. Davenport counseled to avoid exercise in a mask if it is dangerous to your health and to speak with a physician first. To prevent fatigue and overexertion, it is important to work up to your previous exercise routine while wearing a mask. Dr. Davenport advised against pushing through a workout if you start to feel unwell (e.g., dizziness, anxiousness, difficulty concentrating, etc.), and to find a safe space away from people to remove your mask.

This feature appeared in the print edition on December 6, 2020.