SPPPOS 2013 High Altitude Tips

Drink Water

Before your trip to Colorado, and while you are here, drink plenty of water to help your body
adjust more easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like
the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home.

Monitor Your Alcohol Intake

In Colorado’s rarified air, golf balls go 10% farther…and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack
more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol while in
Colorado, as its will affect you more so here.

Eat Foods High in Potassium

Foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing
salt intake.

Watch Your Physical Activity

The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you
might try six miles in Colorado.

Pack for Sun

With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there’s
25% less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Denver receives over 300 days of
sunshine each year (more than San Diego or Miami). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and lip

Dress in Layers

Due to its proximity to the sun, it is common here in Colorado to feel much warmer during the
daytime hours and noticeably chilly in the evenings after sundown, regardless of the actual
temperature. It is best to layer clothing and always have a jacket or sweatshirt handy.

Enjoy Yourself

Don’t let anything you hear about the mile-high altitude scare you. The air is just thinner and
dryer. In fact, many people with respiratory problems move to Colorado for the benefits of the
dry air. Just follow these simple tips and you will very likely not even notice the difference.