The beautiful landscape of Colorado is enough to make the thought of relocation cross a visitor’s mind at least once during their stay. Add to it the active lifestyle, professional sporting events, and variety of attractions, tourists are sure to return for another vacation, if not permanently. Calling this great state home not only fills a resident’s heart with pride, but there are actual health benefits to living in Colorado as well. Studies have been performed and proven that high altitude positively effects your health. Here are a few of the many reasons why Colorado is a great place to live…
“We’ve known since the 1920s (that) if you go to really high altitudes you will lose weight,” says Robert Roach, director of the Altitude Research Center in Aurora, CO.
A major concern for people embarking on a trek up Mount Everest is always if they will eat enough calories. The high altitudes have always proven to increase weight loss. Even in a case where subjects were placed in a high altitude chamber for 40 days and allowed to eat whatever they wanted, they still lost weight proving that high altitude has a positive effect on obesity.
Do you need more proof? Colorado has the highest average altitude in the country, and the obesity rate is 18.9% which is the lowest across the nation. All other states came in above 20%. Now, we can’t overlook the active lifestyle of those living in Colorado and say that does not play a part, but other states that are also very active did not rank as low on the charts.
Heart/Lung/Colon Health Benefits
It has been said that areas such as Colorado, Nepal, and Peru, or any place with thinner air, lessen your risk of heart and lung disease. Research shows that the Colorado has the least number of deaths related to heart disease than any other state in the U.S. Also, there are lower rates of lung and colon cancer in Colorado than many other areas in the country.
“If you look at people who live at high altitude around the world, incidents of most types of heart disease and stroke are much less,” says Roach.
We know that keeping your weight under control reduces your risk for other health concerns. Given this fact, it is possible that the lack of an obesity problem helps to keep the health issues down as well.
As stated before, life in Colorado is very active. No matter the season, you are sure to find the outdoors full of those enjoying things like biking/hiking in the summer or snowboarding/skiing in the winter. Being active not only improves your physical well being, but it also influences your emotional and spiritual side in a positive way.
For those seeking a healthy, active lifestyle with less risk of certain health complications, there is no better place to live than the great state of Colorado!