Study finds that cloth masks do make workouts a bit tougher. That’s why researchers recommend altering your workouts when wearing a cloth mask. Previously some studies assessed the impact of surgical face masks. Very few studies have tried to find out the impression of cloth masks.
This new study compared the exercise performance of 31 healthy adults aged between 18 and 29. These study participants ran on a treadmill to the point of exhaustion. This particular exercise was performed twice; the first time they performed this by wearing a cloth face mask and the second time unmasked.
During the study, the researchers measure their blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, exertion, and shortness of breath. It was also evaluated how it was comfortable to wear a cloth mask while exercising.
Simon Driver, principal investigator of this study explained, “Our results have several implications for training and performance while wearing a cloth face mask.” The study authors also added, “Second, exercise goals can be modified to reflect the reduced performance and psychological impact of wearing a cloth mask while still promoting safe goal attainment.”