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Testosterone Deficiency in Men

It is not normal to wake up feeling tired all of the time, nor is it written in stone that the body has to break down as you age. Do not let any person or doctor tell you that lack of energy, weight gain, decreased sex drive, and loss of muscle are a fact of life. They are not! Why is it that some people manage to stay looking young and fit throughout their lives when others show the signs of aging in their early years? Testosterone deficiency may be to blame.

If the only thing you have ever thought testosterone was good for was building muscles, or increasing a man’s love drive, you are very mistaken. These are only two of the many functions testosterone has in the body. While often referred to as the male $ex hormone, testosterone is beneficial to everyone, male and female, alike.

Yes, you are getting older – we all are! That does not mean that you have to hang up your running shoes, put away your golf clubs, or cancel your gym membership. Once you understand the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men, you will be able to determine if the time has come to reach out to a specialist for help.

Testosterone Deficiency in Men

Common warning signs that you might have testosterone deficiency:

You are always tired – in the morning when you wake up, in the afternoon after eating lunch, at night after work

You have gained weight – unless you have changed your eating habits and are now consuming mass quantities of food or alcohol beverages, abdominal weight gain is often a sign of hormonal imbalance

Your sex drive is missing from the action – there is no action here when your libido has disappeared, and you find it takes a long time to feel even the slightest bit aroused

You can no longer achieve or maintain a powerful reaction – erectile dysfunction is an immediate sign that something is wrong, and this can be as simple as fewer morning erections all the way to not being able to achieve a reaction or orgasm

You are shrinking – loss of height has everything to do with decreased bone density – a serious issue when Low T is present

Your muscle size has decreased – testosterone helps to maintain muscle structure and strength, and if your workouts are no longer producing the desired effect, testosterone deficiency could be the problem

• You are feeling depressed – depression, mood changes, anxiety, aggression, lack of motivation, decreased drive, frustration – these are all signs of testosterone deficiency

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  • You forget things – memory failure, trouble with mental calculations, difficulty learning new things or committing new facts to memory, and poor focus are all associated with low testosterone levels.
  • Hair loss – balding or thinning hair on the head, and excess hair growth on the body may all signal low testosterone
  • You have other health problems – if you have any of the following conditions you may also have testosterone deficiency: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, thyroid issues, osteoporosis, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, or prostate problems

It is also not uncommon for a man with Low T to experience hot flashes and night sweats much the same way as a woman dealing with menopause. In fact, the term applied to Low T is andropause. The good news is that there is a way to improve these symptoms, you just need to know where to look and who to turn to for help.

Which Doctor Will Help to Reveal Testosterone Deficiency

The right doctor will help you determine if your symptoms are associated with testosterone deficiency. Blood testing will reveal if testosterone or any other hormone levels are below their normal range. Some of these hormones impact one another, causing a spiraling effect of deficiencies. The doctor that you want to contact at this time is a hormone replacement therapy specialist – HRT for short. These practitioners work with men and women over the age of thirty who are experiencing changes in their bodies due to hormonal imbalances. You can find more information on Nexel Medical.

An HRT specialist will not brush off your symptoms as signs of aging. These doctors know that testosterone deficiency can create havoc in the body, and lead to serious illness if not caught and treated. A proper diagnosis will provide patient-targeted treatment that will bring stellar results.

You do not need to live with the symptoms outlined above. There is help available for you, and a hormone replacement specialist can provide what you need to feel like yourself again. Vitality, libido, passion, and excitement can and should be a part of your life. Testosterone therapy can make it happen.

Edited by: Jessa (Feb. 24, 2019)


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Body Image Fitness

Master This Move for a Bikini Butt Before Summer Hits!

Master This Move for a Bikini Butt Before Summer Hits!

Master This Move for a Bikini Butt Before Summer Hits!

There is one effective move to quickly create your ideal butt dimensions that doesn’t involve squats or lunges. However, you must properly extend your back, your hips and hamstrings using some form of resistance/weight training (i.e., barbell plate, barbells dumbbells, medicine ball, kettlebell for best results) that also reduces the possibility of injury.

Master This Move for a Bikini Butt Before Summer Hits

Hip Thrusts

Combined with the right amount of reps and sets, workout frequency and recovery time, hip thrusts is a very effective exercise for increasing size in the gluteus maximus while rounding out the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus. There are 2,000 variations of hip thrusts that you can do, but one of the most common form of hip thrusts involves using barbells and moving your body up and down as if it were a giant lever. The general goal of hip thrusts is to finish the movement with 1.5 times your body weight and a minimum of three reps of 10, holding each rep for up to 10 seconds. It’s important for your body to stay aligned when doing this excercise:

Close Stance Barbell Hip Thrust

1. Lay down on mat resting head on a towel for comfort. Place dumbbells on top of each hip then pull knees upward until they form upside down Vs while keeping the feet flat on the mat. Your ankles should be positioned directly underneath your knees.

2. Tighten your abs, hamstrings and glutes, and then push your body upward with your heel. Try to tighten your butt as much as possible on the way up, making sure that your back is firmly off the ground. Your body should form a bridge between the knees and shoulders.

3. Slowly descend to resume your starting position; be sure not to let your butt plop down onto the mat to maintain resistance in the glutes.

Body movement involves an intricate system of levers. Moving against the force of gravity creates greater stress in the glute muscles which causes them to keep growing as you change up your workout routine. After a while, your butt muscles will begin to cramp and burn by the time you finish your reps, a sure-fire sign that you’re optimizing the stress created in your muscles. In order to target all muscle fibers, use lighter weights for higher repetitions, and heavier weights for lower repetitions.

If you don’t work your butt muscles regularly, you’ll notice that they’ll start to shrink, flatten and sag from added body fat and muscle atrophy. Hip thrusts are the preferred exercise versus other butt exercises because it targets and sculpts all three glute muscles to achieve the butt shape and size you want faster!

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10 Exercises for Building Muscles Without Using Weights!

10 Exercises for Building Muscles Without Using Weights!

10 Exercises for Building Muscles Without Using Weights!
By Positivemed-Team
Edited By: Stephanie Dawson
[Last Updated On March 3rd 2014]

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Body Weight Push-Ups
Push-ups are a great exercise performed using body weight. Not only can you do push-ups with various hand positions but it can be done from an elevated surface. Push-ups are touted as one of the best exercises around the globe and involve effective movement of several body muscles.

Body Weight Squats

Squats are an indicator of ankle, hip, and thoracic mobility. You can perform squats against the wall to improve proficiency and technique. They are effective in enhancing the muscles of your legs.

Bulgarian Split Squats

These split squats increase leg strength and build muscle and help hip and knee mobility. You do not need to go to the gym to perform them and they can easily be performed anywhere.

Crunches

Few people have the stamina and patience to stick to crunches, they are deemed most effective among the many exercises that help you build muscular mass in and around the waist. Running and cardio need to be combined, but defining the abs or simply flattening the stomach is best achieved by crunches.

Pull-Ups
The presence of a gym trainer or any kind of equipment is not required for this exercise, do them at least twice a week. Its the most basic training exercise that helps to maximize your back, neck, and arms. Keep doing this until you reach the stage of muscle fatigue and cannot lift yourself again.

10 Exercises for Building Muscles (Without Using Weights!)

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Single-leg rising dead-lift
Use the position you use to do a stationary lunge then begin the movement until you are halfway through the typical lunge movement, get back to starting position then proceed to complete the full lunge motion to complete one set.

Ring dips

ring dip

It requires a good deal of strength to do anything on the rings (other than just hanging) and dips are no exception. Because of the instability and free motion of the rings performing dips on rings or blast straps forces the body to work harder and the shoulder is kept healthier as they aren’t forced into a certain static position as in when dips are performed on dip bars.

Inverted row

inverted-row

This is a great back exercise that can be varied. If you need to make it easier bend your knees and keep your back locked. Keep your legs straight for a more difficult variation. Row your body up to the bar/rings and make sure your elbows stay tight.

Ring/bar bicep curl
These directly hammer your biceps and make them work in a way you just can’t achieve with dumbbells. Use an underhand grip, take the same position you did when performing the bodyweight triceps extension. Lean back so you are hanging under the bar/rings. Keep your elbows up high, core locked, and curl your body towards your hands. At the top of this movement you want your hands to be in front of your eyes.

Rope climbs

rope climbs

If you do them from an L-sit position or minimize leg use it helps build muscle.

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