What’s Happening Under the Red Light?
Red light waves stimulate the creation of more ATP, which is the fuel for the mitochondria of our cells. This helps the cells in our muscles to perform longer and harder and to subsequentially recover faster after working your muscles.
How Does this Benefit my Overall Physical Health?
Another one of the superpowers that red light waves have are that they can influence your body to increase its blood supply to the area of your body that is being exposed to the red light. An increase in blood flow means a lot of good things for your daily workout.
An increase in blood flow means that your muscles can withstand the impact of your workout for longer periods without experiencing intense fatigue because they are receiving more oxygen. This same benefit contributes to your muscle’s ability to recover from the workout. Your muscles are able to recover better and faster after undergoing red light therapy. The increase in oxygen decreases muscle fatigue as well as intensifies muscle repair leading to a shortened recovery time post-workout.
Benefits that red light Therapy Will Bring to Your Workout:
- Experience less muscle fatigue, and power through longer, harder workouts.
- Recover better and faster after each workout
- Enhance your ability to shed fat during each workout
- Facilitate enhanced endurance and strength
Many professional athletes rely on red light therapy to lead them and their team to victory. Some will utilize red light before and after big games, or before and after strenuous training sessions.
What Science is Telling Us
“Since it is becoming agreed that mitochondria are principle photoreceptors present inside cells, it is known that muscle cells are exceptionally rich in mitochondria, this suggests that LLLT ( low-level laser (light) therapy) should be highly beneficial in muscle injuries.” Source: https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/plm/1/4/article-p267.xml
“Muscles rely heavily on adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the biological source of energy needed for muscle work, and therefore robust increased ATP levels are the most popular hypothesis to explain the extraordinary effects that PBM (photo biomodulation i.e. red light therapy) appears to exert on muscle tissue.” Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5167494/
Suggested Usage for Athletic Performance
Can be used on larger areas of the body or specific muscle groups, before and/or after a workout.
How Often Should I Use Red Light Therapy?
3-7 times per week is sufficient
How Long Should I Use it?
4-7 minutes at 6 inches away from your light
5-10 minutes at 1 foot away from your light