– IT’S INVIGORTING
Elevated testosterone is one of the first and, in my opinion, most beneficial aspects of working out. Building muscle, getting strong, and eating more food to bolster this new found level of activity helps to up-regulate testosterone production to help the body recover, rebuild, and reinvigorate.
Invigorate what you might ask? Your sex drive, confidence, wardrobe (because its not socially acceptable to publicly show off your gains whilst naked).
All in all, having a higher testosterone level improves every aspect of your life. Except when you have to buy new jeans to accommodate your sweet pair of quads…. swings and roundabouts.
– YOU CAN EAT MORE!
Ok, so while I wouldn’t start eating more straight out of the gate; but eventually you are going to experience a dramatic increase in your appetite – this is a good thing!
What’s essentially going on is that your body is raising your metabolic rate in response to not just your increased activity level, but also the fact that you’re walking around with more muscle.
As the most calorie demanding tissue in the body, muscle tissue requires 50kcal per Lb in order to maintain its size. As such your body, in all its infinite wisdom, raises the total amount of calories it requires in order to:
1- Maintain optimal production of hormones and other basic bodily functions
2- Allow you to keep building muscle
Fill these bouts of hunger with plenty of meat, fish, fruits and veggies and watch your body change.
*You are what you eat, so don’t eat like and asshole.
– IT’S CHEAPER THAN A THERAPIST
The fact is that life gets on top of your sometimes, and with the nights getting longer, days getting colder, and the most stressful time of year just around the corner, its little wonder that people drop their activity levels right down and prefer to stay inside because they, “just don’t feel up to it”.
Well, this is the exact opposite of what you should be doing! The fact is that getting back to the gym and keeping your fitness a priority is just a symbol of you actively prioritising your own well being.
Exercise increases production of serotonin and dopamine within the body. This leads to an elevation in mood, improved sleep pattern, and generally a greater sense of wellness and control over ones mental state.
It may seem like such a small thing, but I have yet to find a single person who’s life has not improved by adding in 45-60 minutes of exercise 4-6 times a week.
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