Importance of Oxygen
Oxygen gives us energy. It keeps us alert, helps us concentrate and maintains healthy brain function. Oxygen can improve sleep patterns, help boost your immune system and support pre and post athletic performance. Every cell in the human body needs oxygen to survive, function properly, and recover from strenuous activity.
Effects of Altitude
The air in Earth’s atmosphere is 21% oxygen. As you travel to higher elevations where the atmospheric pressure is less, the air becomes “THINNER”. This means the body has to work much harder to maintain adequate oxygen levels. Colorado provides stunning views and unlimited recreational opportunities, as well as a high alpine oxygen-starved environment that can take a severe toll on the human body. A proactive approach is the best way to stay healthy during your stay at high altitude.
The towns and ski areas of Summit County, Colorado are among the highest in North America. Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Copper Mountain are all located at elevations of 9,000 feet or more. The summits of Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge Ski Areas are near 13,000 feet. The lack of oxygen at these high elevations puts a tremendous strain on the human body, especially if you are physically exerting yourself.
Oxygen and Exercise
Whether you’ve come to Summit County to compete in an athletic event, climb a 14’er or recreate in our amazing mountain playground, you’ll be forced to address the challenges of thinner air in addition to all the other strains of your sport. Your body requires oxygen to generate energy during any type of aerobic exercise lasting more than a few minutes. That oxygen requirement is even greater at higher altitude. Supplemental oxygen will help you breathe easier as well as contribute to muscle restoration and growth before and after aerobic exercise.
When you’re in the mountains, staying out late and drinking alcohol will make you feel even worse the next day. Oxygen helps alleviate headaches, nausea, low energy, and that foggy feeling you get after a big night out. If you plan to play hard on the slopes all day and out on the town all night, supplemental oxygen can give you the boost you need to keep going strong!