It’s no secret that exercise and testosterone are closely linked, and it’s even more understood that regular exercise benefits the body in many different ways. In this blog, we’ll explain the connection between testosterone and exercise, as well as the benefits of exercise for men with low testosterone levels. Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe is your go-to resource for testosterone replacement therapy and men’s health services. Contact our office today for an appointment!
Exercise and Testosterone
Though many studies are currently being performed to determine the exact effects of exercise on testosterone levels, one thing is crystal clear: regular exercise leads to higher testosterone levels. It’s been demonstrated that testosterone levels rise after a workout, and they can stay elevated from 15 minutes to an hour after the workout ends.
While exercise of any kind is good for you, certain forms of exercise are more likely to increase your testosterone than others. Short, high-intensity aerobic exercises, such as sprints, heavily tax the body and trigger a release of both endorphins and testosterone into the bloodstream. Strength training and lifting heavy weights can also boost your testosterone levels, but certain forms of weightlifting will release more testosterone than others. Low repetitions of high-weight, full-body movements, such as squats and deadlifts, engage a large number of muscle fibers and produce elevated testosterone levels. In short, lifting heavy weights and sprinting a few times each week are not only great ways to stay in shape, but these exercises can also give your testosterone levels a substantial boost. Make sure that you consult your doctor before beginning a new workout or diet regimen.
Testosterone and Obesity
Just as there is an close connection between exercise and increased testosterone levels, there is also a strong connection between obesity and low testosterone levels. Three quarters of obese men (defined as having a BMI greater than 40kg/m²) have low testosterone levels, and this connection between obesity and low testosterone is common in men of all ages.
Testosterone plays a vital role in the creation and maintenance of muscle mass, and low levels of testosterone can contribute to muscle deterioration and fat accumulation. You can think about obesity and testosterone levels as inversely correlated; as men become more obese, their testosterone levels decline. Obesity and low levels of testosterone thus create a vicious cycle: as men become more obese, their testosterone levels decline, low testosterone levels make it harder to accumulate muscle mass, and decreased muscle mass makes it harder to lose weight. This cycle can be understandably frustrating and discouraging, but our men’s health experts can help you break out of it.
Losing weight and regularly exercising are some of the best ways that you can begin to restore your testosterone levels naturally. However, some men will experience a natural decline in their testosterone levels that can only be treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe offers a variety of men’s health services, including weight loss management and testosterone replacement therapy. If you think that your weight might be contributing to low testosterone levels, contact one of our physicians today for a consultation!