Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Lockdown leads to double unplanned pregnancies
Fri October 22nd - Unplanned pregnancies almost doubled during the first lockdown in the UK, a major study reports today. More
Promising development in treatment for glioblastoma multiforme
Fri October 22nd - A major advance in brain tumour research could pave the way for personalised treatment for the most deadly form of the disease, British scientists say. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

Face mask quandary for pandemic fitness

Wednesday April 14th 2021

Face masks have limited exercise capacity – just as people needed to get fitter during the pandemic, according to studies published today.

Both appear today (14 April) in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In the first article, researchers show that wearing a face mask limits exercise performance and physical capacity.

Dr Simon Driver of Baylor Scott and White Health in Texas, USA, and colleagues measured the effects of a cloth face mask on treadmill performance. They tested 31 healthy young adults and found that mask wearing led to a significant reduction in maximum possible exercise time, oxygen consumption, and heart rate.

They report: "Compared with no mask, participants reported feeling increasingly short of breath and claustrophobic at higher exercise intensities while wearing a cloth face mask.

"Coaches, trainers and athletes should consider modifying the frequency, intensity, time and type of exercise when wearing a cloth face mask."

In the second study, Dr Robert Sallis, of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, California, USA, and his team examined the impact of usual exercise level on COVID-19 hospitalisation rates, intensive care unit admissions and mortality.

They analysed information on 48,440 adult patients with COVID-19 who had provided details of their physical activity level in recent years.

Patients who had been consistently inactive had a significantly higher risk of each of the measured outcomes than those who had been consistently exercising.

"Consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes among infected adults," the authors write. "We recommend efforts to promote physical activity be prioritised by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care."

Driver, S. et al. Effects of wearing a cloth face mask on performance, physiological and perceptual responses during a graded treadmill running exercise test. British Journal of Sports of Medicine 14 April 2021 doi: 10.1136/ bjsports-2020-103758


Sallis, R. et al. Physical inactivity is associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes: a study in 48 440 adult patients. British Journal of Sports of Medicine 14 April 2021 doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2021-104080


Tags: Fitness | Flu & Viruses | North America | Respiratory

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)