Living high Training Low
Training at altitude helps improve athletic performance in terms of overall strength, power and endurance. Exposure to reduced oxygen levels is a challenge to the human body because oxygen is the primary source of energy for our cells. Our body has to work very hard when physically in the higher altitude. Hence, the result of the efforts is more energy getting burnt. It is recommended to intake carbohydrate-rich food, so that you can avoid feeling fatigue and exhausted. This will help you work efficiently over a longer duration of time. Some of the recommended list of items includes quinoa and whole wheat. Bear in mind that it is easier to burn carbohydrates than protein and fat in the situation where less oxygen is available.Working outduring the state of hypoxia helps enhance muscular strength and intensify the level of fitness through exaggerateddrill sessions. Exercising under sporadic hypoxia concocts an athlete for competitions and performances at an elevated level and sea level, by improving the breathing method. As per recent studies, certain aspects of human body mandatory for an athlete such as repetitive sprint capacity and improved red blood cell form.
Exercising at altitudes has shown the following scientific occurrence in the human body:
- Amplified capillarisation and larger oxygen for the tissues
- Lift mitochondrial enzymes, thus permitting proper usage of oxygen required for energy
- Encouragement on fat-burning absorption
- Intensified pulmonary oxygen engagement
- Lessened Blood Pressure and average Heart Rate
- Better production and issue of Human Growth Hormone
- Reduced oxidative stress
Every effort conducted at an elevated level produces lesser result than in normal situation. Every breath taken at high altitudes deliver less of what working muscles require.
A Hypobaric Chamber is an enclosed chamber where the level of oxygen and pressure level can be controlled. More or lesser level of oxygen is provided to the subject as per the requirement of the test or research. The oxygen is given using the oxygen mask. Once the level of oxygen is controlled or minimized, the oxygen mask is removed to check the performance of the subject in minor activities at various levels.