After months of wearing a mask everywhere I go I'm used to it. The only place it bothers me to have something covering my mouth and nose is at the gym. I quickly figured out that if you are exercising hard enough to breath heavily, the mask gets sucked into your mouth (which makes it even harder to breathe).
Last week when I went to a class the instructor was giving out mask bracket guards to anyone who wanted one. I wasn't sure how it would work but decided to give it a try. Turns out it's a pretty slick item.
The white plastic bracket (sometimes also called a lipstick guard) looks vaguely like a muzzle. It’s designed to fit underneath a mask but still have it cover your nose and mouth. The rigid material pushes the mask out enough to let you breath easily. Or keep your lipstick in place.
There are hooks on the bracket that would attach to a paper mask with pleats and keep it in place, but the masks I use at the gym are flat. I just position the bracket in place and stretch the mask over it.
So far the bracket has worked well. One issue I've found is that every time I stop to take a drink I have to remove the mask from one ear and slip the bracket off, then put everything back on and readjust. But sometimes it's nice to take a short break from exercise action.
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