EXERCISING AT RED ROCKS
Colorado is known for its health-conscious culture and with 69 rows of benches and an abundance of stairs, Red Rocks Amphitheatre has become a popular site for runners and those looking for a challenging workout at 6,400 feet. Individuals and groups are welcome to take advantage of the venue’s natural beauty and unique physical challenges whenever the amphitheatre is open to the public. We do ask that these activities do not negatively impact the enjoyment of others, or contribute to any structural damage of the venue. When working out at Red Rocks, please keep the following rules in mind:
• Respect the personal enjoyment of everyone at the amphitheatre.
• Amplified music is not allowed; please limit the enjoyment of music to earphones.
• Equipment that obstructs the access to stairs, benches and all other areas is not allowed.
• Equipment that has the potential to cause damage to the venue or injury to others is not allowed.
• Hanging on or from venue structures is not allowed.
Thank you for helping us to keep Red Rocks a beautiful and peaceful environment for everyone who visits.
HEALTHONE RED ROCKS FITNESS CHALLENGE EXERCISE ROUTINES
Our partner, HealthONE Hospitals, offers 5 unique Red Rocks exercise routines providing a full-body workout.
TO BROWSE ROUTINES IN PLAYER:
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2. Click third icon from the left "Show playlist."
3. Select "Next" or "Previous" to view routines
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Health at High Altitude
A simple but critically important fact about traveling to high altitude is that there is less air. Without taking proper precautions, at high elevation you can feel like you are breathing through a straw. The easiest place to breathe is at sea level where you have the most air. As you climb a mountain, the air gets thinner.
2.Drink plenty of fluids
3.Avoid alcohol for the first 48 hours and get plenty of rest
4.Minimize physical exertion the first day or two. Avoid overexertion before your body can adapt to the lower oxygen and dryness.
5.If you are over thirty-five and plan strenuous exercise while at high altitude, it would be best to first check with your doctor.
6.If you have a history of heart, circulatory or lung disease, it is essential to check with your doctor before coming to high altitude.
7.Respiratory infections should be resolved before coming to high altitude since the illness can be worsened.
8.Pregnant women should check with their physician before exerting at high altitude.
Closely monitor how the body feels during the first few days at altitude. Adjusting activity levels during the time when the acclimatization process is at its most active level can help ease feelings of being tired, sick, and weak. Overexertion during this critical period of adjustment can make altitude-related symptoms worse. Due to the increased amount of stress placed on the body at altitude, adequate amounts of sleep (afternoon naps and longer periods of nighttime rest) can be very beneficial.
Alcohol at high altitude - Altitude makes intoxication worse. The actual effects of alcohol on the brain are very similar to the effects of mild hypoxia. Hypoxia is oxygen starvation. Any time your brain isn't getting enough oxygen, you are to some degree, hypoxic. At 6,340 feet (Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre altitude), you'll be intoxicated with fewer drinks than at sea level.
At this altitude, there is less atmosphere to block the sun's rays, so sunburns occur more easily. Snow and water reflect the sun and intensify this effect. The sun's harmful Ultraviolet rays are energy from the sun that we can neither see nor feel, and are dangerous on both sunny and overcast days. Protect yourself by minimizing direct exposure between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Look for sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB with a high protection number such as 15 or 30.
Rattlesnakes - More than 20 nonpoisonous species of snakes exist in Colorado, whereas only two species are poisonous, the Western Rattlesnake and the Massassauga. Both species of poisonous snakes have rattles on the ends of their tails, whereas native nonpoisonous snakes do not. Rattlesnakes are most often found near rocky areas on the eastern plains and in the foothills to 8,000 feet. As a reminder, the trails along Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater meet all three criteria.
If you encounter a snake
If you encounter a rattlesnake, back away slowly and take an alternate route. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive, but will defend themselves if surprised or cornered. The best protection against a rattlesnake is choosing protective foot and leg wear. Care should also be taken at night, when snakes are more active and the chance of stepping on a snake is greater.
The best first aid for a poisonous snake bite is to seek immediate medial care and to keep the victim calm, warm, and reassured. Do not drink alcohol or use ice or cold packs to treat the snake bite. Do not cut the wound. If the victim is several hours from a car and medical care, apply a light constricting cloth or other band on the bitten limb, 2-4 inches from the bite and between the bite and heart. Make sure it is not as tight as a tourniquet. It should be easy to insert a finger under the band. Loosen it if swelling occurs.
TEST YOUR HEALTH TRIVA - BY HEALTHONE
Q: What is the doctor-recommended pregnancy weight gain?
A: 26-32 Pounds
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Q: What is your heart's actual vs. biological age?
A: Biological = How healthy your body is; Actual=How many calendar years old you are
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Q: Name 3 stroke warning signs.
A: 1) Numbness of the face, arm or leg; 2) Dizziness; 3) Severe headache
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Health tips and trivia are provided by Red Rocks official healthcare provider, HealthONE.