Atmospheric Pressure

Why do some athletes go to high elevations to train?

Runners have always trekked to the mountains of Colorado to train in higher elevations because of the lower atmospheric pressure that the mountains provide. Since the air is not as dense as it is at lower elevations, the lungs need to work harder to supply the body with a sufficient amount of oxygen. Many athletes feel that training in such conditions gets their bodies used to lower amounts of oxygen. Therefore, when running in a competition at lower elevations, they can compete quite well because their bodies are used to working hard to get a great deal of oxygen.


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