Boosting testosterone levels as you age is incredibly important. After all, testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for not only developing male sexual traits during puberty, but also for maintaining your muscle mass, your bone density and your red blood cell production. Unfortunately, your testosterone levels peak in early adulthood, and begin to decrease starting as early as age 30. Once, reaching your thirties, expect to see your testosterone levels drop around one percent every year thereafter, if you are perfectly healthy with no physical problems, health issues, or emotional and environmental stressors whatsoever.
The take-home-point here is that nobody really lives in such perfect little bubble, and because of this we see many men’s levels dropping much faster than just 1% per year. Since your testosterone levels influence your emotional, physical and sexual well being, as well as your attitude and performance, it’s wise to do what you can to increase your testosterone. The following are five activities that will help you boost your testosterone levels:
- Playing Sports – The combination of physical exercise, as well as competition, causes participants to experience a significant increase in testosterone both during play and after. Studies conducted on soccer players found that they experienced an average of a 30 percent increase in testosterone immediately following a game. Sports affect testosterone levels so much that even after an hour had passed, players were found to still exhibit a 15 percent higher testosterone level compared to baseline.
- Watching Sports – Believe it or not, but men that watch sports experience almost as much of a testosterone surge as those who play them. According to research conducted by the University of Utah, men that watched their favorite sports team win, experienced a testosterone level surge of 20 percent, while those who watched their team lose experienced a drop of 20 percent. So if you’re going to watch sports in order to boost your testosterone, make sure your team has a good chance of winning! You can learn more about this study here and here.
- Sex – Yes, that’s right: sex is actually good for you. According to studies done on the subject of sex and testosterone, it was found that the testosterone levels of the test subjects went up on nights after sexual activity but remained the same after nights of no sexual activity. How much does sex actually affect your testosterone levels? According to other studies, the anticipation of sex can even increase one’s testosterone levels.
- Money – Many scientists believe that the testosterone levels of traders on Wall Street fluctuate depending on success and volatility. What exactly does this mean? Does making money influences testosterone? Yes, actually! Further studies have shown that young men that are future traders receive an increase in testosterone during days when they make an above average profit.
- Chopping Wood – The last four made complete sense since they all had to do with physical activity and stimulation as well as competition. Then how does chopping wood have anything to do with your testosterone levels? Studies were conducted on the people of Tsimane in Bolivia, where they tend to have lower testosterone levels than in first world countries. It was found that they experienced a 46.8 percent rise in testosterone after chopping wood.There’s a perfectly logical explanation for this. Testosterone is needed in order to pull blood sugar into the muscle tissue, which allows men to better use their energy to chop more trees. Combine this with the fact that men in Tsimane need to chop trees in order to provide for their family and you can understand the rise in testosterone.
These are just five of the activities that will help with boosting testosterone as you grow older. So begin playing more sports, watching more sports, having more sex, making more money and, of course, chopping more trees!