In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at whether or not you should wear a mask when exercising.
Wearing a mask helps protect others when you cough, sneeze, talk loudly or breathe hard, but they may not protect you.
Viruses were shown to pass through cloth masks 97% of the time, compared to the special medical masks at only 44% of the time.
High levels of viruses in the air have been shown to accumulate indoors in closed spaces, while at a much lower level outdoors due to air circulation.
When exercising in a gym or indoor space, wearing a mask is an essential courtesy to other people who are using the facility.
It is also important to use sanitizing wipes to clean the equipment before and after each use.
Wearing masks when you exercise outdoors can limit your ability to breathe, especially if you are doing vigorous exercise like running or cycling.
If you are running or riding with other people, it is wise to space yourselves 10 feet or more.
Viruses can accumulate on your mask, so make sure you wash it after each use.
Social distancing of at least 6 feet is recommended when exercising indoors or outdoors.
If you are moving fast and breathing hard, a distance greater than six feet is necessary due to the slipstream of virus-carrying droplets from your breath, which can extend for 10 feet.
A nutritious diet, regular exercise, quality sleep, a positive attitude and regular chiropractic care will aid in keeping your immune system functioning optimally.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor. It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.
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