August 31st, 2017
Testosterone plays a critical role in men. The hormone plays a key role in libido, fat distribution, muscle and bone mass as well as the production of red blood cells.
A deficiency in testosterone can result in some unpleasant symptoms including:
Reduced muscle mass
Increased propensity to gain fat
In more serious cases, it could result in erectile dysfunction and even infertility.
If you do have persistent low testosterone, it is, of course, something that should be treated by a doctor.
But in terms of proactively maintaining healthy testosterone levels, what difference does your physical activity make?
In other words, can working out increase your testosterone levels?
There is, undeniably, still a lot we don’t know about exercise and testosterone levels, with research on going. However, what we do know for sure is that there is a short term boost to testosterone levels after exercise.
The University of Southern California’s Todd Schroeder (PhD) studies exercise and hormone release in men. He advises that testosterone levels are elevated immediately after exercise for anything from 15 minutes to an hour. This elevation doesn’t last beyond this period.
However, Endocrinologist, Scott Isaacs believes there’s a potential long term benefit for those whose testosterone levels are borderline.
In other words, if you have low levels, exercise alone will not resolve the issue. But it’s possible that exercise could help you maintain normal levels if you’re borderline.
Research suggests that high intensity workouts in particular are the most effective for boosting testosterone levels.
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