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Can Working Out Increase Your Testosterone Levels?

Author: Forth

August 31, 2017

General wellbeing

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Testosterone plays a key role in libido, fat distribution, muscle and bone mass as well as the production of red blood cells. But does working out increase your testosterone levels?

We explore the role of testosterone in men, the symptoms of testosterone deficiency and how exercise can impact testosterone levels in men.

What Role Does Testosterone Play In Men?

Testosterone plays an important role in the body as it affects the brain, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, the heart and blood vessels, energy levels and sexual function.  Men’s testosterone levels are highest in the early hours of the morning and levels decrease with age.

Testosterone Deficiency

A deficiency in testosterone can result in some unpleasant symptoms including:

  • Decreased libido

  • Reduced muscle mass

  • Low mood

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Lethargy

  • Increased propensity to gain fat

In more serious cases, it could result in erectile dysfunction and even infertility. If you do have persistently low testosterone, it is something that should be treated by a doctor.

Does Working Out Increase Testosterone?

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.

Monitoring Testosterone Levels

You can monitor your testosterone levels with our Male Hormone test, providing unrivalled insight into your levels. So whether you’re concerned you might be borderline or simply want to proactively monitor them, you can now do so quickly.

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This information has been medically reviewed by Dr Thom Phillips

Thom works in NHS general practice and has a decade of experience working in both male and female elite sport. He has a background in exercise physiology and has published research into fatigue biomarkers.

Dr Thom Phillips

Dr Thom Phillips

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