1. Drink Lots of Water: As you gain altitude, your body tends to lose water and salt faster than you’re used to. When combined with the dry air and physical activity, it’s no wonder dehydration is such a problem. You’ll need about twice your normal water intake. Consistently drinking water throughout the day goes a long way to acclimatizing quickly.
2. Reduce Your Exercise: As you gain elevation, the air gets thinner, so each breath you draw contains less oxygen. In a couple of days, your body will adjust, but in the short term, your body is working harder to do the same thing you would do at sea level. It’s best to take it easy for a few days when you first get to Greeley’s altitude. After a few days of moderate activity, you’ll be
ready to ramp back up to full throttle.
3. Get Enough Sleep: One of the symptoms of altitude sickness is insomnia, so it can be hard to get enough rest. However, a good night’s sleep can do wonders to help you kick the problem. Don’t underestimate the power of a little cat nap if you can sneak one in during your day!
4. Limit Your Alcohol Intake: In Colorado’s rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther... and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. Alcohol magnifies the symptoms of high altitude sickness (nausea, dizziness, fatigue, light-headedness) so it’s a bit of a double whammy. Alcohol dehydrates you, so consuming it only worsens your hydration situation. Your safest option is waiting a couple of days before you hit the bars. After this period, you should be acclimatized enough to handle the effects of drinking at altitude.
5. Increase Potassium Levels: Potassium loss is a pretty common symptom if you’re feeling dehydrated from the dry air at elevation. It can be a major pain – literally. Muscle cramping is commonly associated with low potassium levels. Foods like bananas, avocados, spinach, yogurt, and electrolyte drinks are all high in potassium.
6. Protect Yourself from the Sun: At altitude, the air is thinner and as a result, there’s more exposure to the sun. Denver, for example, with an altitude of only one mile, receives 25% less natural protection from the sun than you’d find at sea level.– Apply sunscreen first thing in the morning and throughout the day (the higher SPF, the better!) – Use lip balm with sunscreen in it – Remember to wear a pair of sunglasses– Wear a wide brimmed sunhat that shades your face, neck, and ears
7. Consume More Calories: Because of the reduced number of oxygen molecules in the air, your body works much harder to keep everything working. That’s right, you have our permission to eat more! A diet combining complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats will help keep you full and keep your body running smoothly.
8. Dress in Layers: Check the weather before your trip and use this information to pack appropriately. Especially in Spring and Fall, mornings can be chilly, afternoons are warm and sunny, but evenings can become very chilly after sundown. It’s best to dress in layers so you can stay comfortable.
9. Drink Plenty of Water: Yes, it’s worth repeating. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You can order water at our store [link to store].