High In The Sky, Less On The Thighs
Beautiful landscapes; perfect ski conditions; impeccable summers; endless jagged peaks that look like they were carved by hand – these are just a few obvious things that make real estate in Breckenridge, Colorado so desirable. It goes without saying; there’s never a dull moment when you live in Colorado’s playground. But of all the reasons to consider relocating to this nature-haven, here’s one that might come as a surprise: living here can help you get in great shape.
I don’t mean that the great outdoors will entice you to be more active (even though they will). Numerous studies show that extended time spent in high altitudes leads to weight-loss. It sounds like a myth, but the proof is in the pudding.
A study conducted by the International Journal of Obesity reported that obesity rates are four to five times higher in counties at sea level, so it’s no surprise that Boulder, Colorado has been dubbed as one of the fittest states in the country.
To confirm the idea, German researchers took the theory to the mountains. 20 obese and inactive men were brought to locations at 8,700 feet, where they remained for a month. They were instructed to eat as much as they wanted and maintain their usual sedentary lifestyles.
After a week, each of the participants had lost an average of three pounds, burned more calories despite inactivity and experienced a reduced appetite. The study determined that because the body isn’t getting as much oxygen at higher altitudes, basal metabolic rate increases in order to compensate the decreased energy.
In addition to a metabolic boost, the participants reported feeling less hungry. While grehlin, the hormone that causes hunger remains unaffected by high climates, the “satiety hormone” lepitin surges. Essentially, people burn more calories and feel less hungry simply sitting around in high places.
Moreover, the temporary stay in the mountains had a lasting effect: the subjects of the study continued their lower-caloric intake after returning to sea level a month after the study concluded, and their risk for cardiovascular disease was reduced.
While low-oxygen levels can result in some minor annoyances at first, these symptoms start to dissipate after a few weeks. Downtown Breckenridge sits at approximately 9,600 feet in elevation: about 1,000 feet higher than the location of the aforementioned study. This leaves you with only the long-term benefits of mountain living – decreased appetite, the ability to burn more calories and a faster metabolism.
Combined with the fact that you won’t be able to resists all the outdoor activities this mountain town has to offer, moving to Summit County is enough to be considered a diet-tip. When you purchase Breckenridge real estate, you’re buying more than just a new home: You’re establishing a future with a guarantee of a healthy, happy life. Where else can you get that kind of return on investment?