Whether you know it or not, almost everyone loses about a half a pound of muscle a year. It starts when you are 30, but in those next 10 years you will lose about 5 pounds of muscle. When you go from 40 to 50 that’s another 5 pounds of lean muscle wasted away.
The thing you need to put into perspective is that most people actually gain weight as they get older. But remember, I said we start losing lean muscle…I didn’t say we lost weight.
The point I’m trying to make is that your body composition is changing. You may be fitting into the same size clothes, if you’re lucky, but if your percentage of lean muscle is dropping. It’s easy to conclude that your percentage of body fat is increasing. That’s how cellulite begins!
To add insult to injury, even aerobic exercise doesn’t slow the loss of muscle. So don’t allow yourself to fall into the thinking that – I’m exercising, that can’t be me! The only thing that stops the loss of lean muscle is some type of progressive, resistance training or high intensity interval, burst training.
It’s the intensity of the workout that elicits a larger surge of testosterone and growth hormone, two important hormones needed to help you lose weight, add lean muscle and keep your metabolism pumping. These two little hormones are going to be your biggest friends as you get older.
The fact that aerobic exercise is a low to moderate intensity workout – you’re only going to produce X amount of testosterone and growth hormones. The more intense the workout, the more testosterone and growth hormones you produce, it’s that simple.
So if you are looking for a great way to increase your testosterone and growth hormones, and this applies to both men and women....and are short on time...give a short high intensity workout a try. Something like the Work Horse Fitness Trainer and target those major muscles of your body.
In as little as 10 minutes you can pump out 50-100 push-ups and pull-ups, or inverted pull-ups as they are also called, along with some squats and jumping jacks, etc. And you are completing a short, burst workouts that will increase your testosterone and growth hormone in about as much as 30-45 minute in the gym.
Give it a try, don’t forget you don’t want to neglect half your upper body, which is why you want to do both a pushing and pulling exercise for your upper body. Otherwise you could be creating muscle imbalance - which leads to unexplained aches and pains.