More people wearing fabric face masks are wondering how it affects their lifestyle.
After all, wearing a fabric face mask at work is completely different to wearing one when you are outside. Many people who exercise are asking what to look for in a fabric face mask.
This especially applies to people who enjoy running.
Do not Use Your Fabric Face Mask from Work
It may be tempting to have one fabric face mask for everything. After all, they are washable and reusable. That means you could wear it at work, then go outside wearing it and run.
But that is not recommended.
To start with, when you run, you need to wear a fabric face mask that allows you to breathe easy. For many people who are new to exercising with a face mask the extra stress can be tough.
So, make sure you start off slow when running whilst wearing a mask. It will not be pleasant to wear the same mask from work and go running in it.
It is better to invest in a few washable fabric face masks at once. That way you can leave one at work, another in the car, a third at your home and a fourth for when you run.
Having separate fabric face masks for each activity protects you for longer. You are not breathing in germs from one place to another. This decreases your chances of getting sick.
Understand the ABC to Buying a Fabric Face Mask for Running
But what do you look for in a fabric face mask for running?
- Make it light to wear.
- Make it comfortable.
- Make it absorbent
- Make it breathable
There is an ABC to buying a fabric face mask, and a running fabric face mask is no different.
A is for absorbent. This is so it can absorb moisture that may build up as you wear it, and it stays dry on the inside. After all, it would not be pleasant to run whilst wearing a fabric face mask that was wet.
And because you are running it means you sweat. You sweat more in fact because your lungs must work harder. So that means more moisture and a higher need to pick a fabric face mask that’s super absorbent.
B is for breathable. There are two parts to whether a fabric face mask is breathable. The first is the face panel, the outer part (the bit that has the pattern or color and faces outward).
This needs to be a light and breathable material. 100% cotton is a great breathable material for a fabric face mask. With the outer layer being breathable it is also lightweight and not too heavy on your face.
You especially need this if you plan to run for long distances wearing your fabric face mask. There is nothing worse than getting into your rhythm, only to feel your fabric face mask slipping. It can be a distraction from the enjoyment of running if you must fuss with your mask all the time.
The second part of a fabric face mask that is important is the inner layer. This is the part that cover your mouth and nose. There must be more than one inner layer so that the fabric face mask can absorb tiny air particles better.
For a fabric face mask, the inner-most layer absorbs moisture whilst the middle layer acts as a filter. It is recommended to go for a fabric face mask that allows you to add your own PM2.5 filter. This gives you extra protection.
C is for Comfortable. When you run you need your fabric face mask to be a snug fit. You also need to make sure that the ear strap does not cut the side of your head or is too tight. Picking an adjustable fabric face mask allows you to get the comfiest fit. Having a washable fabric face mask means you can wear it whilst running and then wash it.
Washable fabric face masks last you longer and save you money. So, choose a fabric face mask for running that is adjustable and washable for the best results.
Take It Slow
Once you have found the perfect fabric face mask for your runs, take it slow. Do not put on your mask and expect to run faster or even the same distance.
Lower your expectations and distance to start.
Your body must get used to you wearing the fabric face mask and having to work harder. You breathe harder and use up more energy over a shorter distance.
Slowing your runs down as you get used to wearing a fabric face mask means you can increase it when you get used to it.
Whatever fabric face mask you choose for when you run know that you can still run wearing a fabric face mask. There is no excuse to stop running because you need to use a fabric face mask.
Take some time to slow down and pick the right running fabric face mask for you. Soon enough, with practice, you will get used to it and you will wonder what all the fuss was about!
Buy from The Cloth Face Mask Store
If you want a fabric face mask that will last you a long time, go for a washable one. It may not be the snuggest on your face, but it will last you and save you money.
If you want a fabric face mask that prioritizes comfort, then go for an adjustable face mask. If you have found face masks to be too tight on your face in the past, then an adjustable face mask may be the way to go.
Both types of fabric face mask are breathable. With extras layers to protect you from germs. And both types can also support extra filters for added protection.
Picking either of these is a step up over disposable face masks. And because more of us are now having to wear a face mask everyday it makes sense to pick one that is safe and secure.
We sell a range of fabric face masks that are adjustable or washable. The washable face masks come in three styles. Plain color, thin stripes and thick stripes.
We also stock an adjustable fabric face mask as well.
Each fabric face mask is made from 100% cotton, with three layers of protection.
The first layer is the 100% cotton exterior of the fabric face mask. Layer 2 is a cotton muslin interior. Layer 3 is the optional protective insert for your air filter.
Made from cotton muslin it allows you to breathe and blocks microscopic particles. If you have not yet got a fabric face mask yet, get one from the Cloth Face Mask Store, a company you can trust.
Please note that our fabric face masks are not medical grade.
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