Many people shun wearing face masks when exercising outside or in enclosed gyms because they feel uncomfortable. But another concern is that masks make breathing more difficult, and that rebreathing the higher amounts of carbon dioxide a person exhales when exercising could lead to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.
However, a study published online Nov. 3, 2020, by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health did not find evidence to support either of these worries. Researchers asked healthy, active people to perform cycling exercises until exhaustion on three occasions. For each workout, the exercisers wore either a surgical mask, a cloth mask, or no mask. The researchers found no significant changes in oxygen intake or carbon dioxide blood levels whether the exercisers did or did not wear a face mask. Masks also did not increase heart rates or hasten fatigue.
While face masks may not be comfortable, they can protect against COVID-19 and won’t interfere with your efforts to stay fit during the pandemic.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 NIV
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2 NIV
We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NIV
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:16-17 NIV
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NIV
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV
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