Did you know that there are exercises that can increase your production of testosterone?
I am often asked, “I know I need to exercise to get in shape, but are there any exercises that can really make me feel younger and stronger?” There is, and it is unquestionably strength training.
Strength training and particularly strength training with weights, builds lean muscle and burns fat. More muscle and less fat boosts your metabolism, which has all sorts of positive impacts on quality of life. However, what may be one of the most important advantages of strength training, is that it also “jacks your hormones” by increasing your production of testosterone.
Strength training pushes your body to its limits, and the more you “stress” your body the more testosterone will be released.
During strength training your put your muscle fibers under stress. Strength training that requires complex movements and groups of muscles, such as squats, put stress on more fibers, and the more fibers you stress during an exercise the more testosterone that will be released into your bloodstream.
Resistance Training and Increased Testosterone Production
If you want a very effective workout method that can help you lose weight effectively, as well as raise your testosterone levels, you really should consider adding resistance training and weightlifting to your routines.
Strength training is probably the single most effective exercise you can do to improve health and general fitness. Strength training raises your metabolism. Strength training, particularly weightlifting, builds strength and self-confidence. Strength training can improve your game no matter what sport you are active in. Strength training improves cardio function and heart health. Strength training can even strengthen bones and lessen or prevent the symptoms associated with osteoporosis. Most, if not all, of these effects can be directly linked to increased levels of testosterone.
Big or small, short or tall, anyone can benefit greatly from weightlifting or resistance training. As we age our metabolism slows down and we lose lean muscle mass and bone density. Loss of lean muscle mass leads to even slower metabolism, and this becomes a vicious cycle leading to an overweight and sedentary lifestyle which brings with it a whole host of other life-shortening health problems.
Now, I am not saying that lifting weights and strength training can reverse the ageing process, but it can break this cycle, and make you feel fit and keep you fit at any age. Just ask Ray Moon, the world’s oldest competitive bodybuilder, still going “strong” at 86.
One of the hardest parts of any exercise program is motivation to keep going. It is easier to stay motivated with weightlifting and strength training than most other exercises. Because you can see and feel the results in a short time. Weight lift for only a few weeks and you will start to see an immediate increase in your strength and stamina by 20 to 40%. This is largely due to the increase in testosterone level that results from strength training.
The improvements you gain from strength training and the associated increased testosterone, will not only be seen in the gym. Suddenly, lifting your kids, or carrying all those grocery bags home from the store is going to feel much easier. Increased strength and power will improve any sport you are into. Stronger leg muscles will allow you to run faster. Strengthen your upper body, and you can hit a ball harder or throw further. Weightlifting and strength training improves stamina overall, and stronger muscles and bones can take more of a pounding, so lifting weights can help prevent other sports related injuries.
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When Exercise Isn’t Enough
Even if you do all we have discussed so far, and you find you just can’t get past a certain point of weight loss, or build as much muscle as you would like despite how much or how well you work out, maybe you need to have your hormone levels checked.
If you are between the ages of 35 and 55, and you are not achieving your weight loss or strength training goals, the problem may not be in your diet or your gym, but in your blood stream! You may be suffering from low testosterone, low HGH, or a combination of both. Make an appointment today to schedule your free consultation, you may be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy! Hormone therapy can help you not only get more out of your workouts, but also to achieve peak performance in every aspect of your life!