Adjusting to the Mile High City
Are you ready to adjust to getting fit at a higher altitude?
A simple but critically important fact about traveling to high altitude is that there is less air. Without taking proper precautions, you can feel like you are breathing through a straw at a high altitude! The easiest place to breathe is at sea level where you have the most air. As you climb a mountain, the air gets thinner.
Check out some of our tips as you prepare for our Colorado weight loss program without walls!
- Eat lightly.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid alcohol for the first 48 hours and get plenty of rest.
- Minimize physical exertion the first day or two. Avoid overexertion before your body can adapt to the lower oxygen and dryness.
- Respiratory infections should be resolved before coming to high altitude since the illness can be worsened.
- Wear sunscreen. At this altitude, there is less atmosphere to block the sun’s rays, so sunburns occur more easily.
Closely monitor how the body feels during the first few days at altitude. Adjusting activity levels during the time when the acclimatization process is at its most active level can help ease feelings of being tired, sick, and weak. Overexertion during this critical period of adjustment can make altitude-related symptoms worse. Due to the increased amount of stress placed on the body at altitude, adequate amounts of sleep can be very beneficial.