|Hypoxico altitude tent fits right over my bed|
In addition to the benefit of being more adapted to the high altitudes I will be racing at this summer, I am looking forward to the physiological benefits of sleeping high (around 9,000-10,000 feet in the altitude tent). My usual sleeping environment is just above sea level, so this is a big change! From Hypoxico's website, they explain that altitude acclimatization, has been shown to:
- Maximize speed and endurance
- Elevate strength and power
- Enhance energy levels and overall wellness
- Amplified pulmonary oxygen absorption
- Boosted production of Erythropoietin Hormone (EPO) by the kidneys, stimulating generation of Red Blood Cells (RBCs) and enhanced oxygen transportation through the body.
- Increased capillarization for greater oxygen delivery to the tissues, muscles and brain.
- Enhanced production and rejuvenation of mitochondria (the cell’s hub for aerobic energy production) and mitochondrial enzymes, allowing more efficient use of oxygen for energy production and superior enzymatic anti-oxidative defense.
|Training in Dunedin, New Zealand this past March. Droz Photo|