11 best lightweight and breathable masks to wear during a workout

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Hitting the gym? Breathe easy with these 11 sports-friendly non-medical face masks (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Hitting the gym? Breathe easy with these 11 sports-friendly non-medical face masks (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

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Wearing a non-medical face mask does not replace hygiene standards or guarantee protection from COVID-19. You should still avoid touching your face, wash your hands frequently using warm water and soap and practise social distancing.

As gyms and fitness facilities re-open their doors across the country, Canadians from coast to coast are donning masks for their indoor and outdoor sweat sessions. 

While mask requirements differ by province, Health Canada recommends wearing a non-medical face mask in shared spaces. For those heading to group fitness classes or training sessions, a basic non-medical cloth mask versus those designed for physical activity can be a determining factor in your workout.

Whether you're running, cycling, lifting weights, or finding your competitive edge in a group fitness class, look for face masks that are designed to get sweaty. 

Sports-specific masks should be breathable, sweat-wicking, lightweight and comfortable. Your mask shouldn't hinder your breathing during a workout, nor should it move while you're in motion.

Before your next workout, pick up a mask that's designed for the task and feel the difference yourself. For 11 top-rated, sports-friendly face masks, scroll below to shop our picks.

UA SportsMask Featherweight

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: UA SportsMask Featherweight in Black (Photo via Under Armour)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: UA SportsMask Featherweight in Black (Photo via Under Armour)

Designed to withstand intense training sessions and the heat, this high-performance non-medical face mask is made of breathable and water-resistant fabric and features built-in UPF 50+ sun protection. 

SHOP IT: Under Armour, $35

Athleta Activate Face Mask 2-Pack

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Athleta Activate Face Mask 2-Pack in Island Coral/Hearth Rose (Photo via Athleta)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Athleta Activate Face Mask 2-Pack in Island Coral/Hearth Rose (Photo via Athleta)

Designed for active lifestyles, Athleta's Activate non-medical face masks are made from performance-driven, comfortable fabric and are available in four colour combinations.

SHOP IT: Athleta, $15

Halo Life Mesh Sports Mask

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Halo Life Mesh Sports Mask (Photo via Halo Life)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Halo Life Mesh Sports Mask (Photo via Halo Life)

With over 2,100 reviews backing it, shoppers say this sports-specific non-medical mask is "the best mask out there." Designed with moisture-wicking Bamboo lining, users say it's "comfortable for exercising and the best part is there is no smelling your own breath!"

SHOP IT: Halo Life, $30

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Blue Bear Protection ProSport Mask ft. Nanotec Filter

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Blue Bear Protection ProSport Mask ft. Nanotec Filter in Charcoal (Photo via Blue Bear Protection)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Blue Bear Protection ProSport Mask ft. Nanotec Filter in Charcoal (Photo via Blue Bear Protection)

This non-medical pro sports mask includes a replaceable Nanotec filter for superior protection and guarantees a comfortable and secure fit. "I teach and this is the first washable mask I have had that allows me to teach for a couple of hours without fogging my glasses," writes one reviewer. "It's comfortable, allowing me to breathe more easily and the adjustable fit works well."

SHOP IT: Blue Bear Protection, $17

LANVO UV Adjustable Neck Gaiter

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: LANVO UV Adjustable Neck Gaiter in Grey & White (Photo via Amazon)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: LANVO UV Adjustable Neck Gaiter in Grey & White (Photo via Amazon)

Designed using breathable, cooling and sweat-absorbent fabric, this non-medical face-covering draws sweat away and dries quickly. It feels "like a sports top," says one Amazon reviewer. Plus, it's "great [for] temperature regulation," they continue.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $19

Studio3DX Athletic Face Mask

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Studio3DX Athletic Face Mask in Pink (Photo via Etsy)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Studio3DX Athletic Face Mask in Pink (Photo via Etsy)

With over 1,000 positive reviews, Etsy shoppers praise this top-rated non-medical face mask for its sports-friendly design. "My son is able to play basketball games in this comfortably," writes one user. "I bought two to try and ended up ordering four more."

SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $9

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Koral Shiny Netz Face Mask

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Koral Shiny Netz Face Mask (Photo via Koral)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Koral Shiny Netz Face Mask (Photo via Koral)

Stay safe during your workout with this on-sale Koral face mask. The non-medical mask is designed using antimicrobial performance fabrics and offers fast-drying technology, breathable UV Protection and a soft lycra stretch.

SHOP IT: Koral, $11 (originally $27)

Vikingstrength Workout Mask 

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Vikingstrength Workout Mask (Photo via Amazon)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Vikingstrength Workout Mask (Photo via Amazon)

Specifically designed with running, biking, MMA and endurance activities in mind, this sports mask has earned an average rating of 4.2 stars on Amazon. Shoppers say the non-medical mask is an "excellent training mask" and "surprisingly pleasant to wear."

SHOP IT: Amazon, $40

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Sports Protection Mask for Children

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Sports Protection Mask for Children in Black (Photo via Etsy)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Sports Protection Mask for Children in Black (Photo via Etsy)

Designed with little ones in mind, this non-medical sports mask features a velcro closure on the back of the neck and comfortable ear strap for all-day wear. "My son wears them during gymnastics," writes one user. "The fit is comfortable and he loves them!"

SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $5

Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask in Gray (Photo via Uniqlo)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask in Gray (Photo via Uniqlo)

This top-rated Uniqlo non-medical mask features a high-performance filter to keep you dry and is designed to help you breathe easier. "This mask is comfortable and secure," writes one Uniqlo shopper. "The mask abides by mask recommendations of three layers while remaining breathable!"

SHOP IT: Uniqlo, $15

är Face Mask with Valve

11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: är Face Mask with Valve (Photo via Conceptar)
11 breathable masks to wear during your workout: är Face Mask with Valve (Photo via Conceptar)

This innovative self-cleaning face mask features an exhalation valve for easy breathing and är nanofilters with three layers of nanotechnology for added protection. It's the "best [mask] I've worn," writes one shopper. "I can breathe perfectly and I am still safe because of the placement of the filter over the valve protects me."

SHOP IT: Conceptar, $15 (originally $30)

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