Why Do We Need Testosterone

What Is Testosterone

The Effects Of Testosterone

Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone, found in both men, and to a lesser degree women.. It is an androgen and is largely responsible in both7838868604_b2ef5cbef9_n sexes for our sex drive and moods.

It has most effect in men, it controls many functions and processes including hair distribution and growth.

It also gives the man his deeper voice, controls fat build up and more importantly( for most) it is responsible for muscle mass, sex drive and the general development and function of our sexual organs.

Testosterone is an anabolic hormone which means it can help promote strong muscle growth and strength.

It has systemic anabolic affects and helps to regulate certain compounds in our body including sodium, chloride and potassium. It also has an affect on calcium levels and can help to guard against conditions such as Osteoporosis.

testosterone_decline.gifAge And Testosterone Levels

Age has a direct effect on the amount of testosterone being produced naturally, during puberty for instance its at its highest and aids the development of our sexual organs and muscle growth. As we age and the levels start to deplete, we often see a reduction in our muscle tone, size and strength along with a diminshed sex drive. Reduced Testosterone levels can also affect our moods and our sleep patterns..

Testosterone Supplements

With many countries now outlawing the use of actual human testosterone in treatments, many athletes and body builders now use natural testosterone boosting supplements to safely encourage the body to produce more of its own hormone.

When taken regularly alongside regular workouts, a noticeable increase in muscle mass, sex drive and general energy levels are commonplace.low-testosterone

Its Not Just Body Builders Who Benefit From Testosterone Supplements, Any Man Who Takes A Good Testosterone Supplement Can Benefit From

  • Improved Muscle Mass,Tone And Strength
  • Increased Energy
  • Better Moods And Sleep Quality
  • Enhanced Sex Drive

We have reviewed many of the most popular natural testosterone boosters and from our research have compiled a list of what we feel to be the top 3 products currently available to buy

Top Three Testosterone Boosters

Stop Doing So Much Cardio and Do This Instead

Stop Doing So Much Cardio and Do This Instead 

When it comes to losing weight, toning up and transforming your body shape it’s all about cardio, right?

Fitness experts, personal trainers the press and everyone in between has long been espousing cardio as the Holy Grail for all things peak fitness. Want to see results? Get on the treadmill – it’s as simple as that.

Cardiovascular exercises that get the heart beating faster, speed up the metabolism, increase strength in the heart and lungs and up endurance have always been seen as the dieter’s best friend. From cycling and rowing to aerobics and running: cardio is king.

But speak to these same experts today and chances are they’ll tell you that while cardio is still an essential part of burning calories, keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, they’ll tell you about something else as well – lifting weights.

But can lifting weights really match up to cardio, and should you be incorporating it into your workouts? Let’s take a look…

Is Resistance Training The New Cardio?

Debate still rages on as to whether lifting weights can actually be better than cardio for fat loss, but the answer to this question really depends on what you’re looking to get out of your exercise regime.

Lots of people do cardio, for example, to lose weight, but what they actually mean is to lose fat while maintaining any lean muscle – losing lean muscle would mean a slower metabolism and a less athletic look. In other words, maintaining muscle is super important, and should always be viewed as important as fat loss.

With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some pros and cons of cardio and resistance training.

Cardio: pros and cons

Pros – lots of low intensity options like walking, meaning fewer barriers to entry; sky-high calorie burn (that drops of shortly afterwards) and less need for rest.

Cons – running, the default cardio option, is easy to overdo and often results in injury; cardio is more difficult for unfit people to undertake; moderate sustained cardio can worsen hormonal imbalance and it’s hard to shape the physique you want using only cardio.

Resistance training: pros and cons

Pros – low barrier to entry for those who are unfit; offers muscle growth and fat loss simultaneously; ups muscle mass quickly and triggers a sustained spike in metabolism that burns calories even after working out. 

Cons – lower minute-by-minute calorie burn than cardio; has a higher barrier to recovery so sessions are limited in time, and can have a big impact on hunger levels. 

Cardio vs. Weight training – Which Is Best?

For us, the answer to this question is pretty easy – weight training rocks.

And the reason why couldn’t be simpler: lifting weights offers all the (many) benefits of cardio, but the vast majority of the fat loss benefits achieved through cardio can be hit simply by reducing calorie intake. You simply get more from resistance training.

So does that mean you can ditch the cardio all together? Actually, we don’t recommend that at all – it really isn’t a case of one of the other, which each exercise option offering myriad unique benefits to the body. What you should be looking at for maximum results is a heavy, resistant-focus weight training program that’s complemented by low intensity cardio. Or if that doesn’t float your boat, you could try hybrid training whereby you include both high intensity resistance training and cardio into the same workout.

One thing’s for sure – resistance training sees real results, so stop doing so much cardio and do some weights instead!