Katie is back with her latest video as she explains why supplemental oxygen helps with recovery and performance if you’re exercising, working out at the gym or training at home!
Why Oxygen Is Important During Physical Activity
During periods of high-intensity physical activity, our bodies work hard to maintain blood oxygen levels. You start to breathe harder because your body is trying to supply more oxygen to your lungs to energize blood cells, tissues, muscles and organs.
When heavy breathing does not produce enough oxygen, the body will begin to source the oxygen internally through a process known as Anaerobic Respiration. Cramping and muscle fatigue result when the glycogen in Oxygen-starved blood transforms into lactic acid. By introducing more oxygen, the blood is able to inhibit the production of lactic acid and expel any existing already.
The most important part of using oxygen for performance is to ‘oxygen load’ before any strenuous activity for top physical and mental performance. This is also referred to as “VO2 Max”. When the body is experiencing extreme physical or emotional stress (surges of adrenaline and cortisol) it metabolizes oxygen at a greater rate which results in fatigue. Bodies emit more carbon dioxide during a strenuous event than the intake of oxygen which causes muscle fatigue and cramping due to the build-up of lactic acid.
The brain is the most oxygen-hungry organ of the body requiring 20% of the body’s oxygen. Even a small dip in oxygen as a result of a strenuous event will result in mental fatigue. Research shows that just a few minutes of breathing supplemental oxygen improves concentration, memory and reaction time.
How supplemental oxygen helps for recovery and performance during a workout
Whether you’re training at home, at the gym or outdoors, you can always stay refreshed with supplemental oxygen. It’s a healthy and all-natural respiratory support that provides energy and assists in recovery and performance during a workout. Athletes have used supplemental oxygen for decades – much like football players using oxygen on the sidelines during games. Boost Oxygen provides supplemental oxygen to whoever needs it, anytime and anywhere!
Our body needs oxygen to create energy! Oxygen is used to power our cells, muscles, tissues, brain and liver. Without proper oxygen you can feel tired, sluggish, short of breath and even begin to get sick. Did you know that the air we normally breathe contains ONLY around 21% oxygen? The majority of the air we breathe is 78% nitrogen. Oxygen content can be even less at high altitude areas. Boost Oxygen provides nearly 5X the amount of pure oxygen you normally breathe.
If you’re working out at home, consider your indoor air quality
Many people are choose to work out at home as online personal training programs are easily accessible and equipment like Peloton and The Mirror gain popularity. Working out at home also allows many the ability to train freely without a mask.
However, keep in mind that indoor air quality can be much worse than outside. When most people think about air pollution, they envision factory smokestacks, smog over a city or exhaust from a traffic jam. But indoor air quality can actually be worse due to contaminants brought in by other people or pets, dust mites, spores, mold and mildew, dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and radon or volatile chemicals emitted from conventional cleaners and cooking. Indoor air quality tends to be worse in the winter months because there is often no flow of fresh air from the outside, meaning allergens stay trapped inside.