Running Low?

Running Low?

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“It’s not the years in your life that count. But the life
in your years. In other words, it’s not necessarily how long you live that
matters, but the life contained within those years”. – Abraham Lincoln

In January we will be introducing the Climb. A 6 week program dedicated to men who are looking to reclaim their strength and health. The purpose of “The Climb” is teach men how to be strong; in the gym and in life. Knowledge is the key supplement to being strong both mentally and physically. As men we need to be more aware of how our bodies work in order to get the optimal performance out of them. The human body is a well crafted machine and without the proper maintenance we will find ourselves broke down, stagnant in the garage.

As men age, we tend to give ourselves built in excuses for not continuing to work out and train. Our jobs takeover, we then spend what small remaining time we have left to our family. We used to be athletes and now we find our only recreation is through fantasy football, video games, golf, or the occasional pickup game.

We stopped exercising, lifting heavy, running fast, training like athletes – and what’s worse is that we told ourselves those days are behind us. Add to the fact that we eat an incredibly poor diet, and we’ve seen record low testosterone (T) levels in the modern day man.

Men in general are experiencing lower testosterone levels than previous generations. The factors are numerous but the main culprits behind a generation of men with lower testosterone levels are lack of exercise and chemically enhanced foods.

Optimal testosterone levels have been shown to ward off things like depression, disease (namely heart disease), and cancer (primarily prostate cancer, a big one for guys).

Testosterone doesn’t induce rage, it helps give you clarity, a sense of well being, confidence, and not to mention sex drive.

Testosterone (T) also helps you burn fat much faster and gain muscle. T helps you build muscle by improving your recovery time and rate and quality. You can workout harder, and recover faster from said workouts.

3 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Testosterone Levels RIGHT NOW

1) Weight lifting and high intensity exercise. “In general, all types of exercise stimulate the release and production of testosterone,” says sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl, MD, author of The Exercise Cure. “But there is data to suggest that lifting weights and high-intensity work might stimulate the greatest release of testosterone.”
2) Diet: A diet high in quality protein, and sources of Omega 3 fatty acids (nuts, whole eggs, and meat) while limiting sources of sugar and soy have clinically been proven to produce higher testosterone levels. Stay away from processed foods, pop, and anything with SOY, which might be the most dangerous thin a man can eat.

3. Take These 3 Testosterone Elevating Supplements:
According to a Men’s Health Article:

Vitamin D. In a study from Medical University of Graz, Austria, male subjects took either 3,332 IU of vitamin D per day per one year or a placebo. (The Institute of Medicine recommends 4,000 IU as the upper level of vitamin D intake.) Free testosterone levels increased significantly in the vitamin D supplemented group, but there was no change in the placebo group.

Most men should take up to 4,000 IU daily. However, it’s a good idea to have your doctor check your D level, since many men are deficient in vitamin D and may require a greater dose.

Zinc. A study at the University of Tehran in Iran found the same correlation with zinc, a nutrient that also promotes healthy sperm counts in men. Zinc raises testosterone levels by inhibiting the enzyme aromatase from working. Aramatase is an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. Get your zinc levels tested to determine how much you should be taking. Twenty-five milligrams per day is a good starting point.

Fatty Acids. Take omega-3 tablets, or fish oil pills. Use a balanced ratio of EPA/DHA (Poliquin EPA/DHA blend is a good option). Omega-3 fatty acids lower cortisol levels in the body, giving way to higher levels of testosterone. Cortisol is a stress hormone. In order for your body to meet the demands of stress, it has to increase levels of cortisol, but also decrease levels of testosterone. Both can’t exist in your body at high levels.”

We hope you found this article and will start implementing some of the strategies listed. If you’re looking to learn more and get back in the best shape of your life. Email hammer@www.pskccrossfit.com or fill out the form below:

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