Many people have been prescribed using oxygen therapy while they exercise, because they aren't bringing in enough oxygen while performing strenuous physical activities. Not getting enough oxygen while exercising can be very dangerous and become life threatening very quickly. The more you move, the more oxygen your body is using up. If you're not bringing in enough oxygen to meet those needs, you will be in a lot of trouble.
Some people who don't need oxygen therapy and haven't been prescribed oxygen therapy by their doctors, are using oxygen while they exercise, simply because it's what is best for your body. Exercising with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) involves a non medical grade oxygen concentrator that they breathe from, while riding a stationary bike, or jogging on a treadmill or while using an elliptical.
EWOT has been proven to fight the effects of aging and in theory to help people live longer. Our bodies oxygen levels drop as we get older, and even drop as much as 10 points between the ages of 30 and 40. Having enough oxygen in your body causes you to have more energy, to get sick less often and have a more general youthful appearance.
You don't need to have a prescription for oxygen to purchase an EWOT oxygen concentrator, because it doesn't produce the same purity of oxygen as medical grade oxygen concentrators do. However, if you have been prescribed the need for oxygen therapy, you will be able to purchase one of American Medical's portable oxygen concentrators, which will make it even easier for your to exercise while getting your oxygen therapy.
If you're interested in exercising and you've been prescribed oxygen therapy, you will need to talk to your doctor before starting on any new exercise routines. Your oxygen setting might need to be charged to a higher setting while you exercise, and this can only be determined by your doctor. You should never take it upon yourself to change the setting on your oxygen concentrator, as this can be dangerous if you aren't receiving enough oxygen, or if you're getting too much.
Your doctor might have you do a short exercise test on a stationary bike or treadmill, and monitor your oxygen levels before and after your workout. He or she will then determine if you need a higher setting while you exercise, or if you can leave it at the same setting as usual. Your doctor will also likely tell you which exercises would be best for you, at what intensity level to do them, and how long and for how many times per week. Your doctor will help you get the exercise level you need, while getting the oxygen therapy you need.
Many of our portable oxygen concentrators would be perfect for exercise, including the Lifechoice Activox, the AirSep Freestyle 3 or 5, as well as the Invacare XPO2.