Don’t fear neck gaiters

You probably saw the headlines: neck gaiters, commonly used by runners, are worse than not covering your face at all for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Well, the headlines didn’t really get the story right.

The first thing to note is that the study only tested one person with a gaiter. With only one person and only one test on that person, no result would be statistically significant. Many variables could have played a role in the result.

The second thing to note is that the study wasn’t testing the performance of masks. It was testing the performance of the test being used. It was to determine if an easy, low cost test works.

It’s worth noting that other tests, including one noted at the link above, show that gaiters do in fact work. Single layer gaiters like most running types don’t work as well as multi-later ones but they still do work.

So, if a single layer gaiter is what you have available and you’re in a place where you’re around people, use it. It does help.

The debate about the performance benefits of low carb, high fat (LCHF) diets continues. A new study shows basically what we’ve seen before. I will still say the same thing: it might be beneficial for ultra marathoners but the evidence is overwhelming that, for the marathon and shorter, it’s going to do more harm than good performance wise.

What’s the best posture for recovery? So many of us were told stand upright and place our hands on our heads. But most of us naturally want to bend over and put our hands on our knees. It turns out nature has it right.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any research on beet juice. Well, let’s take care of that. In this study, in “recreationally active” (no definition of what this means) males, no statistically significant performance benefit was found in several measures, including muscular endurance.

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