Stimulate Youthful Hormones to Put the Brakes on Aging
We all know the signs of aging – loose, saggy skin, a waistline that keeps increasing, loss of muscle tone and lean body mass, wrinkles, fatigue, memory loss, joint stiffness, aches and pains, and an increased risk of disease. A waning of our hormones is a central feature of the degenerative process known as aging that brings with it these unfavorable changes.
We show these signs of aging because our body’s natural production of growth hormone decreases as we get older. This ‘youth’ hormone is responsible for the development of lean body mass, bone density and an efficient metabolism (the body’s engine) that diminishes the body’s fat storing capacity.
Age is not the factor that inhibits the body’s release of this special ‘fitness’ hormone. It has a lot to do with factors within our control such as weight gain, high sugar and high free fatty acids in the blood which reduce the release of this anti aging miracle. No matter our age (whether 30 or 60 years old) we can do a lot every single day to stimulate its continual release.
This tissue building hormone is produced in the pituitary gland located at the base of the skull. It causes growth, repairs and renews cells and tissue, mobilizes fat stores and shifts the metabolism into high gear for the energy of youth. It is a sad fact that our metabolic rate is the final switch that middle age “turns off”, which combines to aggravate the “stored fat”, low energy problem as one gets older.
Our hormonal health has become very big business in recent years, and for good reason. Not only to restore vigor and vitality, but also because the scientific evidence leaves little doubt that the ‘big three’ heart disease, cancer and diabetes are also related to unfavorable changes in hormonal levels.
New research into the hormonal dynamics of exercise reveals that each time you perform muscle building or maintaining exercise; you favorably alter the hormonal environment inside your body. You can easily use proper exercise as a powerful tool to improve your health, wellness and lifestyle performance.
For years fitness experts were only concerned with what happened during an exercise session and ignored the after effects. With new research we now understand how important it is that the exercise session is intense enough to stimulate good hormones which directly impact on whether the body burns fat for energy or stores it long after the exercise session is finished.
But not all exercise activities will give these hormonal benefits. Low intensity walking, jogging or cycling are considered recreational activities and are part of an active lifestyle but cannot meet the muscular requirements that a proper exercise program containing strength training exercise will do.
It might be nice to think that all we need to do to get fit or lose weight means we just go for a walk or do some gardening and if you believe that you will be very disappointed in the results.
Although any exercise is better for your health than none at all it is important if you want to lose weight, transform your body and slow the aging process you will have to invest in strength training exercise. This will engage your muscles and get your ‘youth’ hormones working for you to help you achieve super health, tons of energy, a slim, toned, healthy disease resistant body.