High altitude training is a proven method for top athletes to increase their performance. Less known that training at reduced oxygen levels can also help normal people with burnout, stress reduction, diabetes and obesity. It can also give people a sense of euphoria. In top-class sports, especially cycling, it has been common practice for years to integrate altitude training into the development of form and performance. To do this, the athletes either go to high-altitude training centres training centres, usually at around 2000 metres above sea level, or they use artificial altitude training in the lowlands, where in sports medicine centres or also in private use they train under low oxygen levels, for example in so-called “oxygen tents”.
Individually different adaptation processes, typical phenomena are headaches, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite.
Improvements in everyday life
Positive experiences have also been made with classic stress disorders such as chronic fatigue and burnout.
The body learns to deal with this reduction, which was caused by stress and thereby returns to normal conditions. With the help of the basal metabolic rate measurement, we get a complete analysis of the metabolism in retirement. In addition, we learn how many kilocalories one should consume at least without damaging the metabolism.
“In everyday life, people then feel better.” With a saliva test, we determine the optimal, individualmacronutrient requirement. The Spartamedic hypoxia room allows artificial altitude training up to approx. 5,000m above sea level, theoretically it can be extended to 8,000m. This is particularly interesting for high-altitude climbers who want to shorten the acclimatization for an expedition due to lack of time. Spartamedic goes with top athletes with extreme intervals of up to 5,000m. For average endurance training, you go from 2,300 to 2,600 meters in altitude. An easily accessible sea level is defined as 1,300 to 2,300 meters above sea level. The artificial high-altitude training is a suitable means for the doctor, which he uses in patients to accompany other measures. These hormones have a positive effect on our mood and ensure more balance. If, for example, you are one of the so-called “frustration eaters”, the altitude training at Spartmadic can help to get the food cravings under control better.
The reason you lose weight through altitude training is that the hormone leptin is released more often. This hormone has an appetite-suppressing effect and thereby supports the breakdown of body fat. It has also been proven that the basal metabolic rate increases with altitude training. That means you can eat more calories without gaining weight. One reason for this is that the hormone leptin is increasingly released, which has an appetite-suppressing effect and can therefore help to reduce body fat. It has also been proven that the basal metabolic rate increases during altitude training, so you can eat more without gaining weight. However, the exact physiological background has not yet been sufficiently researched. Numerous other positive adaptations in the body have already been observed, which are helpful in face reduction. For example, glucose consumption was significantly increased under normobaric hypoxia, which means that the body burns more energy and thereby probably increases the basal metabolic rate. Compared to normal, lactate levels were significantly increased during altitude training and degraded more slowly, confirming that the body is burning more since lactate is a “waste product” of rapid energy production. In order to stabilize these mechanisms in the body in the long term, regular repetition is required, since the body gradually stops adapting under normal conditions.