Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)

Oxygen, Oxygen Concentrators

Exercise with oxygen therapy is a method for enhancing oxygen intake during your normal exercise routine. More oxygen inhaled while exercising means more oxygen in your blood, which can have many beneficial health effects. The greatest benefit that so many users appreciate is that exercise with oxygen therapy is completely natural. No supplements or drugs are required to reap the benefits.

Exercise with Oxygen Therapy

What is Exercise with Oxygen Therapy?

The goal of exercise with oxygen therapy is to breathe higher concentrations of oxygen during exercise. To do this you can use oxygen concentrators to increase the purity. Wearing a mask or nasal cannula allows someone exercising with oxygen to breath in the high purity oxygen from the machine while using a treadmill, stepper or any other type of exercise equipment. 

What Are the Benefits of Oxygen?

While the air we breathe contains oxygen already, our bodies must break down the air and absorb the pure oxygen for bodily functions. Pure oxygen increases the body’s natural absorption rate and can help enrich the body and mind  in many ways:

  • Increasing energy levels
  • Improving mood
  • Improving concentration
  • Reducing stress
  • Relieving headaches
  • Enhancing sports and athletic performance
  • Improving sleep

Benefits of Exercise with Oxygen Therapy

Exercising while using an oxygen concentrator is one of the methods for improving health and wellness with pure oxygen. Exercise with oxygen therapy increases circulation, delivering oxygen rapidly throughout your veins, arteries and capillaries.

Breathing pure oxygen while you exercise also saturates blood more effectively into the body’s tissues, blood vessels and organs. With increased circulation and saturation your body can heal from injuries faster.

Why and How to Exercise with Oxygen Therapy 

Use a portable oxygen concentrator or home oxygen concentrator near your exercise equipment. Make sure your nasal cannula or mask has a long enough hose to allow you freedom of movement while you use the equipment. Be sure to focus on your breathing and to breathe through nose. Try to set the oxygen concentrator to continuous flow rather than pulse settings.

What are the Treatment Methods Suggested for EWOT?

Be sure to wear light, comfortable clothing while exercising with oxygen therapy. Check with your doctor to know if you are physically fit for this type of therapy. Start out slow, using an oxygen concentrator and exercising for about 15 minutes to get adjusted to wearing a nasal cannula or mask while exercising as well as getting used to breathing through your nose. In some instances, if there are health concerns, it is advisable to check heart rate and blood pressure after the initial 15 minutes.

Are There Any Risks of Doing Exercise with Oxygen Therapy?

When done correctly and for no more than 15 minutes at a time, there are no risks or side effects from exercising with oxygen therapy. Breathing higher levels of oxygen is considered safe and there is no risk of oxygen toxicity.

For many patients who are just beginning EWOT, it’s the sudden change in their physical activity levels that can lead to side effects. For people who haven’t exercised in a long time and don’t have the physical stamina to endure a 15-minute session, it’s best to begin gradually and consult your doctor in advance.

How to Know Whether EWOT is Good for You or Not

When beginning EWOT, you may begin to feel the benefits of exercise with oxygen therapy after a few exercise sessions. You may feel more energized and simply feel better overall. You may also notice an increase in stamina and athletic performance. Because there are not ill effects of exercising with oxygen therapy you will only really see the positive improvements to health long-term.

Some Tips to Improve Exercise with Oxygen Therapy

Get the most out of exercising with oxygen therapy by following a few tips.

  • Breathe through your nose and focus on breathing
  • Avoid pulse settings on the oxygen concentrator
  • If you visit a gym away from home use a portable oxygen concentrator
  • Use oxygen even during your cool down
  • Keep a journal to log any improvements you notice from the therapy

Where Can I Buy Oxygen Supplies for Oxygen Therapy? 

You can find home oxygen concentrators and portable oxygen concentrators at The Oxygen Concentrator Supplies Shop. You can also purchase longer oxygen tubing for exercising more easily during EWOT as well as nasal cannulas and masks. Also, you can shop online for all of your supplies from one location. Speak to our knowledgeable staff for help selecting supplies for EWOT. Give us a call at 888-941-1688.