3 Tips for Preventing Acute Mountain Sickness when Hiking

Man hiking in the mountains

If you love traveling and hiking, then you’re probably aware of the acute mountain sickness or AMS. Many hikers describe it as like having a severe case of a hangover, which you definitely wouldn’t want to experience while supposedly enjoying the outdoors. Boundless Outdoors shares some ways you can avoid getting AMS.

Run after Climbing

Right after your climb, do an easy and fast run or jog. This will shake off the feeling of being sick and will immediately put you back on your feet. You don’t have to run many miles or for a few hours. All you need is a fast 30-minute run to shake the altitude off. After the run, you’ll immediately feel re-energized and ready for your next adventure.

Practice Correct Breathing Techniques

Climbing a mountain can immediately make you feel like you’re running out of breath. Avoid this by practicing correct breathing techniques such as breathing out with an “sss” or “th” sound. This can help open your vocal chords, allowing you to breathe normally again.

Drink the Right Amount of Water

Being in a high altitude place can automatically make you dehydrated. Remember always to drink so that you stay hydrated at all times. However, you shouldn’t overdo it as well. Drinking too much water dilutes sodium levels, which can put you at risk for hyponatremia. This illness can often be confused with AMS and can be dangerous if not treated right away. Add only a liter to your water intake per day to stay hydrated and free from hyponatremia.

Always consult your doctor if you feel like you’re suffering from AMS or any type of sickness related to high altitude. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.