Exercising with a mask

We get it. Wearing a mask while you’re working out is a major adjustment. And wearing a mask at all times at the Y, except for when in the pool, is a requirement from New York State that all fitness centers must follow.*

We are proud to welcome our members back, and as more members come indoors, safety will remain our number one priority.

So, as the weather becomes cooler, the Y invites you to exercise safely and comfortably with these three helpful tips for working out with a mask.

Go ahead and enjoy your workouts! 


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1. Find your mask.

We are all different so make sure you find the mask that is right for you. There are plenty of different masks out there to choose from, but you want to make sure you wear one that covers your nose and mouth completely, and is comfortable while you're exercising. It's important to find a mask that is secure and breathable. We recommend disposable surgical masks or a cloth-based mask that is made of moisture-wicking material.

2. Focus on your breathing.

Even when not exercising, a lot of us have had to learn to manage our breathing with a face mask. It may sound silly, but it’s so important to just breathe. Slow, deep breaths will help, and breathing out through your nose will create less moisture in your mask. Take it slow if you feel yourself having harder time breathing, but your focus should be on good, quality breaths. 

3. Know your limits.

It may have been a while since you’ve been at the Y, or maybe even exercised in general. Don’t expect to be at the same level you were prior to our closure. It's important not to skip the warmup before a workout, and ease back into your routine as you build stamina and endurance. Consider decreasing your exertion level for the first few workouts. It’s okay to push yourself, but don’t compare yourself to the person on the next machine over, or the member in a Group Fitness class with you. Make sure you are listening to your own body!

If you have any questions while you’re at the Y, please do not hesitate to ask a member of our Health & Wellness Team for help. They’re ready to greet you with a smile (even if you can’t see it) and eager to assist you on your wellness journey.



*The Y’s Mask Policy states that members and staff are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times. Gaiters, bandanas and buffs are not acceptable face coverings. If someone has a medical condition that prohibits them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield. Masks that cover mouth and nose are mandatory for all members over the age of 2 due to guidelines issued by the New York State Governor.