As some indoor gyms and fitness spaces reopen, and summer weather allows more outdoor exercise, the topic of wearing protective face masks during exercise continues to get folks perspiring. To mask or not to mask, when exercising outside? And if I want to go back to the gym, many of which now require face coverings, how can I find one that doesn't leave me extra-sweaty, or inhibit my breathing?

"For the purpose of protecting others in case you are a carrier, wearing masks in public should be followed based on public health need, whether you are exercising or not," says Suzanne Lukovics, physical therapy director at Austin, Texas-based Georgetown Living Home Health. While wearing masks outdoors during exercise isn't mandated in most states, the risks of transmission during exercise just aren't known yet, she says — so, like much of the public, Lukovics relies on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations.

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