I’d like to preface this blog entry with a statement of sensitivity and compassion directed at those of you who may in fact have a glaring medical condition that causes you to struggle actively and dangerously with breathing. If you are reading this – I do apologize for the current state of the world, for the need to wear something that only makes your challenges much worse – please ignore all of the below. Otherwise – if you don’t have a medical condition that causes you to nearly suffocate when NOT wearing a mask – please proceed.
The unfortunate but obvious truth for all of us (including “mask companies” like us) is that no one LIKES wearing a mask. Especially during a workout. However, with all the huffing and puffing that comes along with physical exertion the fact of the matter is; there’s a hell of a lot of germs we spew from our faces and pores while working out. Without wearing masks in an enclosed setting where everyone is shvitzing we might as well head straight to the closest drive through testing site together as one big sweaty, disgusting, now potentially infected, group immediately following our workout.
The fact that people all across America are complaining about wearing masks to the gym (and outside of the gym) is like saying “the toilet seat on my boat is cold”. Most countries in this big beautiful world, are full of people who do not have the need to exercise because they are physically exerting themselves just to survive every day. They walk 10 miles to a filthy river full of feces to retrieve water they have to walk 10 miles back to their village carrying to then spend hours boiling for drinking, cooking and cleaning. If you’re complaining about wearing your mask at your $50+ a month gym prior to stopping at Starbucks on your way home to take a hot shower, you’re an asshole.
I know it’s uncomfortable. I know it’s hot. I know it makes it harder to breath. I know it can cause acne. I get it. I work out every single day in a Pilates studio AT ALTITUDE (5,280+ feet above sea level) that requires masks. I take a "hot" barre class once a week (again AT ALTITUDE) that requires wearing a mask despite the 95+ degree heat in the studio. To be honest though I’m so damn thankful just to be back in the studio that I do not gaf about having to wear a mask. After two months in quarantine I would wear a space suit if it meant I could get back to my previously scheduled workout programing.
The ironic thing about people complaining about wearing masks during exercise, especially people living at sea level (hi, hello - you have so much oxygen) is that there have been, and still are, thousands of athletes that actively seek training environments with LESS oxygen. They travel far and wide to live and train in high altitude locations. More ironic to the particular circumstance we now find ourselves in, there are people who aspire to challenge their physical fitness so much that they actually CHOOSE to wear altitude masks while exercising at sea level. They CHOOSE it. I know that sounds insane to you anti-maskers out there, but it proves that wearing a mask while exercising will absolutely not kill you. So, I’d say wearing a mask to the grocery store, Target, or the gym really shouldn’t be a big deal. Especially if it could save your life or someone else’s.
Stay safe, stay stylish, stay humble.
Founder & CEO, Love Saves Apparel PBC