Many familiar with hypoxic altitude training are often involved in more extreme sports, like mountain climbing and hiking in low-oxygen environments. It helps them prepare for hiking or climbing at extreme altitudes and maintain their energy levels. But that’s not all low-oxygen training can be used for, this type of training simulates high-altitude conditions, where oxygen levels are lower.
What Exactly is Hypoxic Altitude Training?
In the simplest terms, hypoxic altitude training is when a person intermittently inhales reduced (hypoxic) oxygen with occasional mixes of normal air periodically interspersed. Hypoxic altitude training can improve athletic and daily performance because it induces stress in the body, jumpstarting certain beneficial biological processes with the release of erythropoietin (EPO) to stimulate red blood cell production, which enhances oxygen-carrying capacity
Not only have studies shown that hypoxic training can enhance athletic performance, but it also has proven to provide a boost in mental cognition, slow down ageing, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and provide faster recovery and cell rejuvenation while improving body composition.
What Happens in a Typical Hypoxic Altitude Training Session?
To experience the benefits of hypoxic altitude training, you don’t have to run up the side of mountains or climb the Himalayas. Less extreme treatments are available that employ the use of an oxygen mask while exercising.
During hypoxic altitude training sessions, you inhale low oxygen at the same atmospheric pressure, which lowers their blood oxygen saturation, one of the primary components used by our body to adapt while we’re exercising. This sets a biological process in motion that reduces the oxygenation of the blood flowing through the lungs, thus sending out less oxygen to muscles. However, this process jolts muscle cells into action to make up for the lack of oxygen-rich blood flow to vital organs.
Other Benefits of Hypoxic Training
In addition to benefiting athletes, hypoxic altitude training has also been shown to benefit the anti-ageing process. Studies have shown that it can slow down the ageing process, aid in rapid recovery after surgery, and boost your immune system. Additionally, it can improve and strengthen muscle tissues and leverage your daily performance.
However, such training also can provide a host of more specific, targeted benefits for anti-ageing, such as reducing cognitive decline treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and even aiding in the detoxification of the body. Hypoxic altitude training has even been proven to help those suffering from alcohol withdrawal stress and can help hangovers. Due to the damaging effects of alcohol intoxication, hypoxic altitude training is a good way to rebuild your body’s immune system when sobering up.
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