Testosterone is a hormone found in humans, as well as in other animals on the planet Earth. The testicles primarily make testosterone in men and women’s ovaries make testosterone, though in much smaller amounts. Testosterone production normally starts to increase significantly during puberty, and begins to dip after age 30 or so.
Testosterone is most often associated with sex drive, and plays a vital role in sperm production in men. However, it also affects both men’s and women’s bone mineral density, muscle mass, the way men store fat in the body, and even red blood cell production. A man’s testosterone levels can also affect his mood and a woman’s testosterone levels can affect the quality of her sleep.
While testosterone production naturally tapers off as we age, other factors can cause hormone levels to drop: chronic diseases, endocrine system disruptors and stress are three of the biggest culprits.
Your testosterone levels vary throughout the day. Levels are typically highest in the morning and lowest in the afternoon. Although, a person’s testosterone levels also get a boost during and directly after exercise.
Doctors and fitness professionals still have a lot to learn about exercise and its effects on testosterone, but several factors besides your workout can affect when and how much testosterone the body produces and they are: your weight, age, fitness level, and the timing of your workout.
Research has found that strength-training and high intensity style workouts may have the biggest positive effect on testosterone levels.
By utilizing the following strategies when exercising, a person can be sure they are receiving the largest boost in testosterone from your strength training workouts.
Now on the other hand, aerobics or prolonged moderate exercises have not been shown to increase testosterone levels and have even been shown to negatively affect them.
Testosterone levels in men across America has been seriously declining for the past 20 years. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
So why are men’s Testosterone levels declining at such an alarming rate?
Most believe that having a low testosterone level is almost entirely age related, as well as the amount of muscle mass that you have. Unfortunately, this could not be farther from the truth as that is a normal misunderstanding of how the body works.
Now testosterone does like muscle and does generally decrease as we age, but like everything else in the human body, it is more dependent on the communications and exchanges with the body’s other hormones and even more importantly, what is going on in the environment. As the environment plays a huge role when it comes to the body’s ability to produce testosterone.
You see, your Testosterone levels and how you use the Testosterone in your body are affected by the following factors:
All factors above are contributing to the decline in testosterone in the common day man. Until we proactively choose to remove and improve the factors above the situation is most likely going to get worse.
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