As we workout, our body has an increased demand for oxygen. Oxygen plays a few important roles when it comes to an effective workout, one of the most important being the conversion of our glycogen stores into usable energy for our muscles during a workout. This is why our breathing rates increase and our heart rate goes up; to deliver this increased amount of oxygen to our muscles to fuel them. But what role does oxygen play in recovering after a workout?
Oxygen and Recovering After a Workout
After a good workout, a large portion of our body’s glycogen stores are used up. If you used up enough energy without enough extra oxygen available to convert this energy into usable â€œmuscle-foodâ€, lactic acid begins to build up as you start using an anaerobic source of energy, quickly leading to fatigue.
Oxygen plays a huge part in recovering after a workout by doing a few things:
- Just as it does during a workout, oxygen works to restore glycogen stores (â€œmuscle-foodâ€) to the muscles.
- Oxygen also helps the body convert painful build up of lactic acid.
- Performing a cool-down after a workout may help with recovery by continuing to provide the body with extra oxygen, thus, quickening a recovery period.
- If you’re consuming at least 20g of protein after a workout for muscle repair, your body requires oxygen to digest the protein so it can be used by your muscles.
How Can You Increase Oxygen After a Workout?
The air we breathe is comprised of about 20% oxygen. As you continue to work out, your body will become better at providing itself with increased oxygen over time, but you can also increase oxygen after a workout with several methods, including:
- Canned oxygen
- Practicing deep-breathing exercises
If you’re looking for an effective oxygen supplement to boost your workout and aid in recovery, ask your trainer about the SNAC HypOxygenâ„¢ supplement or Aerobitineâ„¢ (to help increase Nitric Oxide in the body).