I came across several articles online that teaches people how to increase their testosterone levels. Of course the question in my mind is why anyone would want to do this. Isn’t testosterone only to do with masculine characteristics? After all, testosterone is “A steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.”
After reading more, I realised that the answer had been obvious all along. The more testosterone one has, the more muscle that person can pack on. This results in increased strength, reduced fat, more energy, and a better mood. As such, today’s article is targeted at the male audience.
For men especially, there are reasons to try and increase your testosterone levels. You see, reduced testosterone levels causes a decline in physical energy, fatigue and sex drive with age. So of course we can see why men would want to hang on to as much testosterone as they can before it starts to decline naturally, right?
So how can this be achieved? The simple answer is to reduce your body fat. The fact of the matter is that body fat is associated with oestrogen, which is the hormone that “opposes” testosterone, for lack of a better word. And how do you reduce body fat? Well, grab a copy of the Granite Fitness Solution and you’ll have all the answers.
Okay, jokes and sales pitches aside, the best way to increase your testosterone levels is to stress your muscles out. That means that when you are performing strength training exercises, you need resistance that is high enough so that you can only manage to do five or six reps per set. Avoid the light-weights-many-reps type of routine.
Then there is another question – should you do cardio? Well, cardio will and does reduce levels of body fat, which is a great thing. However, it does not contribute directly to testosterone level increases. Variations to cardio such as interval training will though, because it increases a demand for resources, which then triggers testosterone production.
There are other things you can do to boost your testosterone levels, and these include getting sufficient sleep and reducing your stress levels. There are also certain foods that can increase your testosterone levels, and these include olive oil, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and saturated fats.
One last thing – studies have shown that for straight men, staring at attractive women can increase your testosterone levels as well! Some of the research was conducted at strip clubs. But that indeed begs the question of whether strip club visits increases testosterone levels, or whether men with higher testosterone levels are more prone to visiting these establishments.
I wouldn’t touch that one with a sixty-foot pole.
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