Spider-Man has superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, coordination, and endurance — all while wearing a mask that completely covers his nose and mouth.
To some, that may just confirm his superpowers. But researchers from the University of Saskatchewan disagree.
They were interested in seeing if wearing a COVID-protective, three-layer face mask while doing vigorous exercise compromised oxygen uptake or increased the rebreathing of carbon dioxide, depriving blood and muscles of needed oxygen and making it difficult to perform.
Their finding, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: nope.
Measurements of study participants who were wearing a surgical mask, a cloth mask, or no mask revealed no differences for arterial oxygen saturation, tissue oxygenation, rating of perceived exertion, or heart rate at any time during the exercise tests.
The researchers stress that these findings are especially important for people who worry about doing themselves harm while working out with a mask, those who are moving their workouts inside to gyms during cold weather, and anyone playing sports.
But if you're still uncomfortable exercising while wearing a mask, our suggestion is to try out new mask styles, fabrics, and degree of adjustability.
Getting through the winter months without contracting COVID while still getting regular exercise is essential for a happy new year and a healthy you. And you have a great chance of doing both if you wear a mask.