Oxygen therapy is a way of delivering more oxygen into your bloodstream and lungs. Traditionally used by patients suffering from heart and lung conditions, advancements in science have now made it available for non-medical home use. But what’s it all about?
Increasing your oxygen intake can help improve your concentration, balance your energy levels and improve your fitness endurance.
Packaged in compressed air cylinders, the portable oxygen bottles can be taken anywhere: the gym, the office, at home, even in the car. But why should you start using them?
Recent studies into oxygen therapy have found that regularly using an at-home source of oxygen could help improve fitness in terms of stamina and performance.
By increasing your oxygen levels, you will also increase your energy levels and reduce the amount of lactic acid build-up which slows down your body’s recovery time. This will also help with muscle tissue recovery, meaning it will take your body less time to recover and you can train for longer and more frequently.
If you’re following a rigorous training plan for a marathon (the London marathon is just weeks away after all!) or triathlon, or just looking to improve on your general fitness, integrating oxygen therapy into your training programme could help. A couple of breaths of oxygen before, after or during exercise is ideal for anyone looking to improve their fitness.
If you’re feeling an energy slump
Juggling a busy lifestyle can leave you feeling sluggish, unmotivated and lethargic, so a quick boost of energy could be just the thing to get you back on track.
Taking a quick look at the science, when the body is in a relaxed state, we breathe 16 times per minute with each inhalation taking in a 21 per cent level of oxygen. However, air pollution, badly ventilated offices and increased ozone gas levels could be reducing the level of oxygen we breathe in.
Using oxygen-enriched air has been linked to helping tackle common problems and niggles we all experience from time to time like lack of concentration, headaches, exhaustion, low energy, depression, weak immune systems and sleep problems.
Breathing in portable oxygen could help people who work night shifts if they struggle to adjust their body to the irregular working hours or simply to tackle the dreaded mid-afternoon energy slump. Just a few deep breaths could help boost your energy and help you feel more awake.
Being behind the wheel for long periods of time can affect your concentration, co-ordination and alertness.
Falling asleep at the wheel is a serious problem for both business drivers and general motorists. Recent research by road safety group Brake found that one in 10 business drivers fall asleep at the wheel and it is estimated that sleep-related accidents result in 300 fatalities each year on UK roads.
Carrying a can of portable oxygen in your car could be could be a quick way to boost your awareness and energy levels while driving. A few breathes of the oxygen-enriched air when taking a break from the road could help you feel re-energised for the rest of your journey. You might even find it’s a good alternative to your usual cup of coffee.
It’s also worth remembering the Highway Code recommends taking a break of at least 15 minutes every two hours. Try to get out of the car, go for a walk to take come quick shut-eye if you’re feeling tired or drowsy.
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