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Hiking is healthy

Peak victory for body and soul

Of course, that is something we are already aware of. We know that exercising out in the fresh air has many benefits.

Including that a constant, moderate pulse rate has a positive effect on our health and in the long run, can boost your metabolism, burn off calories and even improve your blood pressure readings – and all that whilst at the same time breathing in the freshest of air and taking in fantastic views. Naturally, there are also psychological benefits. All contributors to the feel-good factor. Those who regularly partake in sport, can testify to the positive effects. But, what effects can be achieved if activities are carried out at a higher altitude?

Exercising at altitude has a positive effect on your health

The AMAS 2000 (Austrian Moderate Altitude Study), looks at the effects of being at a higher altitude has on the human organs. Since the first medical study in 1998, the outcome of many other studies have proven the health benefits of living at altitude. Up to 200 parameters were taken into account during a pilot study, where the combination of hiking on a mountain holiday, between 1.400 and 2.000 metres above sea level along with lightweight sports and a moderate diet were investigated. The outcome being: the lowering of glucose and metabolism levels, as well as blood pressure (in some blood pressure medication was even reduced!), as well as an improvement in neuro-psychological well-being and weight loss, even with a moderate diet and an increase the count of red blood cells.

This improved effect of "mild hypoxia" is described. This means that the body reacts to the modified change in oxygen levels as well as air pressure conditions at an altitude of 1.400 metres. Body performance is adjusted and more red blood cells are produced and the transport of oxygen to the cells improved significantly. By the way, athletes follow the same philosophy by training at high altitude.

Healthy altitude in Saalbach Hinterglemm

Saalbach is perfectly located for your healthy mountain holiday. The lowest point is 1.003 metres above sea level, with the highest peak being the northerly situated Spielberghorn, at 2.044 metres. The lowest peak with 2.249 metres is the Hochkogel. Aside from the fresh mountain air, the healthy effect of altitude can already be felt at the starting point.

You could justifiably object: What if I am not fit – or even impaired? Well, a mountain holiday can be a relaxing experience and have a beneficial effect on your health, especially in a large well-developed area like Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which has numerous lifts operating in summer, meaning that mountain peaks can be easily reached without great effort. You can also recharge your batteries without climbing the peaks. It is not only the sporting aspect but also the enjoyment, the extensive views, the panorama.

Especially for those with allergies and intolerances

The pure mountain air is also an element that can be benefited by people who are plagued by allergies. For example, over the altitude of 1.200 metres, or as others say 1.500 metres, dust mites no longer survive. Therefore, those wanting to holiday in a mountain hut will have nothing to worry about. However, if a rustic hut holiday is not your thing, there is a remedy. More and more people are suffering from allergies and intolerances, which is the reason why many of the hotels are looking for solutions to relieve these problems. After all, every guest should be able to enjoy their holiday to the full. 

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