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Local governments across the country are modifying COVID-19 restrictions. The Delta variant has created a surge in hospitalizations and infections, and many cities are once again issuing mask mandates in public and encouraging everyone to slow the spread of the virus by getting vaccinated. With hot temperatures still around you’ll need the best face mask for the warm weather as well as to protect yourself and those around you from the Delta variant. We’ve whittled down our massive list of face mask styles for the best breathable masks to exercise in to get you through your run or workout safely and comfortably.
According to the sporting goods company StringKing, a mask’s effectiveness comes down to its balance of filtration and breathability properties. Breathability is especially crucial when you’re moving around, breathing harder, exercising and sweating. When choosing the best mask for working out, look for knit (versus woven) fabrics, which have elasticity for a better fit, absorb moisture and allow for more air flow.
Sportswear brands like Reebok and activewear companies like Onzie have stepped up and started producing effective yet breathable face masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus cases without disrupting your exercise routine.
Other retailers have started offering face masks that are alternatives to true personal protective equipment (PPE), which are disposable and predominantly used by medical staff. These everyday, reusable options include face masks for adults, face masks for kids, clear face masks and face masks with matching outfits. Well-known apparel and fashion brands like Levi’s, J.Crew, Athleta, Old Navy, The Honest Company, Forever 21, Gap and Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS sell their own lines of masks as well. Additionally, check out ET Style’s curated list of face mask accessories.
Below, ET Style’s picks of the best face masks for exercising that you can shop online right now.
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the World Health Organization website.