ALTITUDE IN THE MILE HIGH CITY
Because the air is thinner in Denver, it's important that visitors are aware of its effects.
With less oxygen pressure in the atmosphere, it is tougher for the lungs to put oxygen into the blood stream, i.e. breathing becomes a little harder and the heart rate increase.
IT'S BEST TO ARRIVE EARLY
One of the best steps you can take (which we strongly recommend), is to arrive in Denver a couple of days early - so your body can acclimatise before the fun and games get underway. With this in mind, we've started the Festival on a Monday, so you still have the convenience of a weekend arrival and can hit the ground running come Match Day 1!
Before your trip to Denver, and while you are here, drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust 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 Denver's rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther... and so does beer. Alcoholic drinks pack more punch than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol in the mountains and in Denver, as its effects will feel stronger 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. If you normally run 10 miles at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver.
PACK FOR SUNSHINE
With less water vapour in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there's 25 percent 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, lip balm... even in winter.
RECOVERY AND REHYDRATION
In addition to a comprehensive medical team and onsite physios to help you prepare and recover from the matches, Colorado's premiere IV therapy and hydration clinic Hydrate IV Bar will be onsite and available.
Hydrate IV Bar provide IV nutrient therapy and vitamin booster injections for deficiencies such as altitude sickness, low energy, athletic recovery, immune support, and much more.
The use of an IV bypasses the digestive system, which allows for 100% absorption of vitamins and minerals. Our custom IV solutions are safe, effective, and affordable, and are formulated to help you feel better fast.
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